This blog post is on growing and harvesting lemon balm. Lemon balm is very easy to grow at home. It is almost like growing a weed. But it is a useful weed to have in the garden. Mainly because of the properties that the lemon balm contains that are great in natural healing. The benefit of having lemon balm in the garden is that it may help to prevent mosquitoes from biting in those late summer barbeque evenings. Lemon balm is easily recognizable by its clusters of leaves grown in clumps together.
One will always have a constant supply of lemon balm for one’s needs. From making it into teas to salves. the easiest way is to make lemon balm tea. lemon balm is invasive so be careful it is best to grow in pots like mint. It is almost impossible to get rid of lemon blam completely in the garden as well. Lemon balm is a perennial herb that comes back year after year. It does produce flowers that attract bees and butterflies in abundance.
Lemon balm is edible as well. It can be used in salads and add flavour to dishes.
Growing and harvesting lemon balm
Lemon balm is growing from seeds easily bought from online seed supply shops. I bought my seeds from premier seeds direct. Sow them come March to May time and they germinate easily. Once the risk of frost is over plant out. They grow in many different kinds of soil even on clay soil. They do need cutting back once they become established as they can become invasive.
Once matured the leaves are ready to harvest. Lemon balm tea is easy to make from just brewing the leaves in hot water. Otherwise, just dry them up for later use. they are many ways to use lemon balm as it is believed there are many health benefits in lemon balm. From calming, sleep disorders, and reducing anxiety properties.