In every vegetable garden there should be a corner devoted to herbs, and a couple of packets of the seeds of each variety will raise enough plants. Being perennials, they need only to be kept free from weeds, to be covered with litter late in the Fall, and in earliest Spring to have some manure forked into the ground around them.
Sow the seeds thinly in good rich earth, and thin out the plants to about eight inches apart. Lavender, thyme, savory, and sage are the herbs of most ordinary use. Chives (or cives), though belonging to the onion family, may be grown with the herbs; they are perennials, and the leaves only are used for flavoring after being finely chopped.
Arbor Vitae Pyramidalis August tenth.
Who does not love the faint odor of lavender on the cool bed linen, and have not many of us some childhood recollection of sage? My nurse, I now believe, thought it a perfect panacea. If we tumbled in the brook or ate green apples, a cup of hot sage tea was administered. She kept a bottle of strong, black sage tea in which was a large rusty nail, and would rub my hair twice a week with this concoction, say-ing that when I was a lady "'twould be the grand hair you will have." There was strenuous objection twice a week, but she always won in the end.
All the seeds (excepting potatoes) required for a vegetable garden large enough to supply a family of eight to ten persons, can be bought for about $10 to $12. Rhubarb and asparagus plants, if bought, will add to the expense, likewise to buy the tomato, celery, cauliflower, and egg plants will cost somewhat more. But what family of eight or ten persons would not spend in six months a far larger sum in buying vegetables than the combined cost of seeds, fertilizers, and the occasional man by the day required for the garden?
I have endeavored to make this chapter on vegetables as brief and as simple as possible, to show those who have room only for a small garden, which they will probably care for mostly themselves, how easy of culture as well as remunerative the vegetable garden really is. This chapter is not meant for people with large gardens who employ several gardeners, but for those with small places who want to make a beginning, or who, employing perhaps one useful man to do most of the work, find pleasure in personally tending their own gardens to at least some extent.