How to Grow an Astrological Herb Garden

This is a unique idea suitable for those who want to do something a little different with their herb garden and who enjoy the connection with astrology. Each herb in this garden represents an astrological sign.

Steps

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    Find an area of the garden where you can create a circular shape for planting the herbs. Dig and mulch as required in readiness for planting.
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    Divide the circle into 12 sections, making sure that each section is large enough for each growing herb.
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    Find suitable herbs for each star sign. Examples are as follows:
    • Pisces: agrimony, lemon balm, betony, borage, chervil, dandelion, hyssop, sage, costmary, meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), and wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia).
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    • Aries: basil, lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), wormwood, garlic, and cat thyme.
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    • Taurus: teasel (Dipsacus sativus), sorrel, coltsfoot, fennel, foxglove, marshmallow, mint, yarrow, tansy, thyme, lovage, moneywort, and soapwort.
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    • Gemini: pellitory of the wall, dill, parsley, vervain, and Good King Henry.
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    • Cancer: chickweed (Stellaria media), privet, cleavers (Galium aparine), white rose, purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and white poppy (Papaver spp).
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    • Leo: salad burnet, chamomile, celandine, chicory (Cichorium intybus), heartsease pansy, marigold, rosemary, St John's wort, angelica, rue and eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis).
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    • Virgo: same as Gemini, plus horehound, lavender, southernwood, calamint and fennel.
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    • Libra: motherwort, Lady's mantle, mint, sage, lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), herb Robert, tansy, red rose, Lady's bedstraw, feverfew and pennyroyal.
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    • Scorpio: the same as Aries.
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    • Sagittarius: the same as Pisces.
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    • Capricorn: comfrey, heartsease, Solomon's seal (Polygonatum odoratum), woad, valerian, bistort (Polygonum bistorta) and rupturewood (Herniaria glabra).
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    • Aquarius: the same as Capricorn.
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    Plant the herbs in the garden space that you have chosen. Make signs to show which herbs relate to which astrological signs, so that people visiting the garden can appreciate its significance.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbs as outlined in article
  • Good garden bed space
  • Digging and weeding tools

Sources and Citations

  • Based on information in Kim Fletcher, Herbs in Australian Gardens, 1988, a McPhee Gribble/Penguin Book.

Article Info

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