​​​Mikes Nursery and Hydroponic Growing Supplies
199 East Fairmount Ave. 
Lakewood, NY  14750
716-763-1612

Aloe Vera (A. barbadensis) 


12 inches hgt.

uses

Cosmetic Leaf: Use leaf sap to make a soothing and healing moisturizing cream, especially good for dry shin.

.Medicinal Leaf: Crush sap from fresh leaves and slice them and apply as a poultice for chapped skin, dermatitis and eczema. For small burns, break off a leaf segment and apple its sap to the burn.


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Hardy evergreen shrub


18" to 3 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative:

Flower: Hand dried in bunches on its own or with other tiny flowers. Add sprigs to wreaths and nosegays.

Culinary: 

​Flower: Use to flavor jams. Crystallize flowers as decoration,.

​Household:

​Flower: Put dried flowers in sachets and bundles to scent drawers.

 ​Cosmetic:

Flower: Make tonic water for delicate and sensitive skins to speed cell replacement and for an antiseptic against acne.

Aromatic:

​Flower: Use in potpourri, scented herb pillows and linen sachets.

​Medicinal:

Flower: Infuse as a tea to soothe headaches and calm nerves.


Sweet Woodruff(Galium odoratum) Hardy Perennial
12" hgt.
uses

Decorative:

Leaf: Make an exhilarating drink to lift the spirits and create a carefree atmosphere. Dry a small handful of fresh leaves in a warm cupboard for 3 hours. Pour over juice of one lemon and half a bottle of rhine wine. Put I a warm place for 3-4 hours. Add 4-6 tablespoons sugar and 1  1/2 bottles of rhine wine. Chill. Just before serving, add a bottle of sparkling white wine.

Aromatic:

Leaf: Add dried leaves to potpourri and herb pillows.


Marsh Mallow (althaea officinalis) Perennial


6 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative: leaf: Added to nosegays.

Culinary: Seed: Eat fresh cheeses alone or sprinkled like nuts on salads.

​Flower: Toss on salad.

​Leaf: Mix young leaves into salads. Add oil and vinegar. Steam as a vegetable.

 ​Cosmetic: Leaf and root: Boil leaves or use the liquid  from steeped root, warmed or cold, as a soothing remedy for dry hands, sunburn and dry hair.

​Medicinal: Root: Infuse as a tea for coughs and insomnia.


Catnip/Catmint (Nepeta cataria) hardy Perennial


18"-3 feet hgt.

uses

​Decorative:

​Whole plant great for garden edging.

Culinary: 

​​Leaf: Rub on meat to flavor.

​Shoot: Use in salads, when young and tender.

​Household:

​Whole plant: Attracts bee to the garden.

​Leaf: Plant near vegetables to deter flea beetles.

​Medicinal:

Leaf and flowering top: Contains Vitamin C. Infuse to relieve colds and fevers( as catnip induces sleep and perspiration but does not increase body temperature); for headaches and upset stomachs, as a mild sedative. Apple infusion externally to soothe irritations.

Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) Hardy Biennial


3-6 ft hgt.

uses

Culinary: 

​​Root: Boil root, which tastes like sweet parsnip. Pickle and toss in salads.

Medicinal:

​Seed: Take evening primrose oil capsules for premenstrual tension, menopausal discomfort and psoriasis.

​Leaf and stem: Infuse peeling "bark" and leaves to soothe cough spasms.

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Sunflowers(Helianthus annuus) Annual

3 - 10 feet hght.

Uses

Decorative:

Whole Plant: Makes attractive focal point in gardens.

Culinary:

Seed: Shell and eat kernel raw, or roasted: saute 1 oz seed with shells in 1/2 teaspoon oil, drain and toss in salt. Add sprouted seeds to salads and sandwiches.

Flower: Eat raw buds in salads, or steam and serve like artichokes.

Strawberry(Fragaria vesca) Hardy evergreen
10" hgt.
uses

Culinary

Leaf: Infuse with other herb teas to add "bite". Use bruised leaves to flavor meat broths.

Fruit: Eat fresh with cream. Use for jam, cakes, pies, syrups and cordials.

Cosmetic:

Leaf: Decoct as a astringent for oily skin.

Aromatic:

Leaf: Use dried in potpourri.

Medicinal:

Leaf: Infuse as a tea for nervousness and diarrhea.

Fruit: eat as an iron supplement and mild laxative.

Note Strawberries are the cause of an allergic reaction in some people.

Scented Geraniums(Pelargonium) tender evergreen perennial


1-3 feet hgt.

uses


Culinary: 

​Flower: Toss in salads.

​Leaf: Chop finely, or infuse in liquid then discard leaves, and use to flavor sauces, custards, jellies, baked goods, ices, butters, jam, sugar, syrups and vinegars. Infuse as a tea or add to wine drinks. (rose-peppermint scented).Add to liver pate. (piny-nutmeg scented) cook in soups and stews. (Apple scented) Bake with fish in cider.
​ ​ ​Aromatic:

​Leaf: Use in potpourri and scented pillows.


Sage (Salvia officinalis) hardy evergreen scrub


12"-2 FT hgt.

uses

​Decorative:

​Leaf: Attractive in wreaths and nosegays.

Culinary: 

​Flower: Scatter in salads. Infuse for a light, balsamic tea.

​Leaf: Mix with onion for poultry stuffing. Cook with rich, fatty meats: pork's, duck, sausage. Combine with other strong flavors: wrap around tender liver and sauté in butter; blend into cheeses. Make sage vinegar and sage butter.

​​Household:

Leaf: Put dried leaves among linen to discourages insects.

​Medicinal:

​Leaf: Aids digestion and is antiseptic, antifungal and contains estrogen. Helps to combat diarrhea. An infusion of sage leaves after a meal can help digestion.

​Note: Sage should not be taken in large doses for a long period.

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Artemisia (silvermound) (Artemisia) Perennial

2 to 4 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative: Leaf:Pick all silver forms for bouquets, wreaths, and nosegays. (Southernwood) Plant for a neat hedge.

Culinary: Leaf: (Mugwort) Use in stuffing for roast goose and other poultry.

​​Household: Leaf: Powder or infuse to make a moth repellent. Deter onion and carrot fly with branches laid between onion and carrot rows. Infuse to make a strong domestic disinfectant. Grow southernwood or wormwood near cabbages to deter cabbage butterfly, and near fruit trees to deter fruit tree moth.

​Medicinal: Leaf: (southernwood) Infuse as a tea for a general tonic.


Basil (Ocimum basilicium) annual


18" hgt.

uses

Culinary: 

​​Leaf: Pound with oilo or tear with fingers rather than chop. Add at blast minute to cooked dishes. Sprinkle over salads and sliced tomatoes. Basil's rich pungent flavor complements garlic. Used in pesto sauce and many Mediterranean dishes, and to flavor blended vinegars.

Household:

​Whole Plant: Place pots on windowsills to deter flies.

Medicinal:

​Leaf: Steep a few leaves in wine for several hours as a tonic. Infuse as a tea to aid digestion. Basil has many uses in aromatherapy.

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) Hardy Perennial


3 feet hgt.

uses


Decorative:

Leaf: Use in nosegays.

Culinary: 

​Leaf: Finely chop fresh leaves into salads, white sauces for fish, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, pickled herrings, poultry and pork. Add to fruit salads, jellies, custards, fruit drinks and wine cups. Infuse fresh leaves for fragrant tea. Add to blended vinegars: try lemon balm with tarragon.

​Household:

​​Leaf: Add juice to furniture polish. Once a strewing herb.

​ ​Aromatic:

​Leaf: Use in potpourri and pillows.

​Medicinal:

Leaf: Infuse as a tea for relief from chronic bronchial catarrh, feverish colds and headaches.



Cotton Thistle (Onopordum acanthium) Hardy Biennial


9 ft hgt.

uses

Culinary: 

​​Flower: Prepare and cook large disk containing the florist in the same way as artichokes: remove petals and tough outer bracts and boil or steam until tender.

​Stem: Blanch and peel young stems. Eat raw with oil and vinegar, or steam and serve in the same way as asparagus.

Medicinal:

​Root: Decoction diminishes mucous discharges.​

Roses (Rosa) hardy scrub


4-8 FT hgt.

uses

​Decorative:

​Flower: Use in arrangements.

Culinary: 

​Flower: Use scented petals in salads and pies. Make maple syrup, vinegar, sorbets and sweets.

​Hip: Use in teas, wine, syrup and jams.

​​Cosmetic:

Flower: Use rosewater as an antiseptic tonic.

Aromatic:

Flower: Add flowers to potpourri.

​Medicinal:

​Leaf: Infuse for a tonic and astringent tea.

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Lady's Mantle (alchemilla Vulgaris) Perennial


6 to 20 inches hgt.

uses

Culinary: leaf: tear young leaves, with their mildly bitter taste, into small pieces and toss into herb salads.

​​Cosmetic leaf: infuse dried leaves as an astringent and as a facial steam for acne. Apply infusion in a cold compress for inflamed eyes and as a tonic to reduce large pores and acne. Use in creams to soften skin.

​Medicinal:

Whole Plant: (GREEN PARTS ONLY) Infuse and use as a mouth rinse after tooth extraction and for diarrhea. 

Leaf: Decoct for a compress for healing wounds and reducing inflammation.


Rosemary (Rosemarinus officialis) hardy evergreen scrub


3-6 FT hgt.

uses

Culinary: 

​Flower: Toss fresh rosemary into salads. Crystallize for a garnish. Pound with sugar, mix with cream, and add to fruit puree.

​​Leaf: Add sparingly to a wide range of meat dishes, especially lamb and pork. Use rosemary to flavor baked potatoes and to make an herb butter for vegetables.

Household:

​Branch: Place fresh boughs in a room to scent the air.

Cosmetic:

Leaf: Stimulates blood circulation in a bath.

Aromatic:

Leaf: Use in potpourri.

​Stem: Scatter rosemary stems on a barbecue to discourage insects. 

Medicinal:

​Leaf: Stimulates circulation and eases pain by increasing blood supply where applied. Aids in the digestion of fats.

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Chives (Alliums) Perennial


8 to 36 inches hgt.

uses

Culinary: Flowers: Sprinkle florets on salads.

​​Leaf: Eat in salads, sandwiches and soups and use as a garnish. Add to butter or cream cheese. To reconstitute dried chives, moisten with salad dressing or lemon juice.

Household Whole Plant: Grow as deterrent for aphides, apple scab and mildew.

​Medicinal:

Whole Plant: all alliums contain some iron and vitamins. Sprinkle on food to stimulate appetite and help digestion.

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Myrtle (Myrtus communis) half hardy evergreen shrub


8-10 feet hgt.

uses


Culinary: 

​Flower: Remove green part and add to fruit salads. Use powder buds as a spice. 

​Leaf: Stuff inside roast pork after it is cooked for a delicate flavor.

​Berry: Grind and use as a spice for a mild flavor of juniper berries.

​Cosmetic:

​​Flower and leaf: Pulverize and add to ointment for blemishes.

​ ​Aromatic:

​Flower  and leaf: Add to potpourri mixtures.

​Medicinal:

Leaf: Infuse for a powerful antiseptic and astringent.​

Dill (anethum graveolens) Annual


2 to 5 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative: leaf: .

Culinary: Seed: Use whole or ground in soups, fish dishes, pickles, cabbage, apple pies, dill butter, cakes and breads.

​Flowering top: Add one flower head per jar to pickled gherkins, cucumbers and cauliflowers.

​Leaf: Add finely chopped to soups, potato salads, cream cheese, eggs, salmon and grilled meats. Boil with new potatoes. 

 ​Cosmetic: Seed: Crush and infuse as a strengthening bath for nails.

​Medicinal: Seed: Use in a salt-free diet as it is rich in mineral salts. Good Digestive.


Mint (Mentha) Hardy Perennial


1" to 3 feet hgt.

uses


Culinary: 

​Leaf: Infuse either individual or blended mints as a refreshing tea. (Spearmint and peppermint) Use for mint sauce and with chocolate in rich desserts. Crystallize as decoration.

​Household:

​Whole Plant: (Spearmint and peppermint) Grow near roses to deter aphids.

​Leaf: Scatter fresh or dried leaves around food to deter mice. (Pennyroyal) Strew in cupboards and beds to deter ants and fleas.

​ ​Aromatic:

​Leaf: Use in potpourri and herb bags.

​Medicinal:

Leaf: Peppermint) Infuse as a tea to help digestion, colds and influenza.

Note Do not take pennyroyal in large doses when pregnant or suffering from kidney problems.


Fennel(Foeniculum vulgare) Perennial
7 feet hgt.
uses

Culinary

Seed: Use in sauces, fish dishes and bread; sprout for winter salads.

Leaf: Chop over salads and cooked vegetables. Add to soups and to stuffings for oily fish.

Stem: Add young stems to salads.

Bulb: (Florence fennel) Slice or grate raw into sandwiches or salads. Cook as a root vegetable.

Cosmetic:

Seed: Chew to sweeten breath.

Seed and Loaf: Use in facial steams and baths for deep cleansing.

Note - Do not take excessive doses.



Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Hardy Perennial


2-3 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative:

Flower: Use fresh and dried in flower arrangements.

Culinary: 

​Leaf: Infuse or simmer for 10 minutes in an enamel saucepan for greater flavor, as a tea. Put fresh leaf into china tea for an Earl Gray flavor. Add sparingly to salads, stuffing, pork.

​Household:

​​Flower: attracts bumble bees (honey bees are unable to reach nectar unless holes have been made by other insects.)

​ ​Aromatic:

​Flower and Leaf: Use in potpourri mixes.

​Medicinal:

Leaf: Infuse as a tea for relieve nausea, flatulence, menstrual pain and insomnia.



Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) Perennial

2 to 3 feet hgt.

uses

Culinary: Leaf: Add young leaves to salads.

​Root: Make horseradish sauce to accompany roast beef, smokes or oily fish. Grate into coleslaw, dips and mayonnaise.

​​Household: Whole plant: Grow near potatoes for more disease-resistant tubers.

​Medicinal: Root: Include grated root in everyday diet to stimulate digestion.

Note: Avoid continuous or large doses when pregnant or suffering from kidney problems.

Parsley(Petroselinum crispum) Hardy Biennial


15" hgt.

uses


Culinary: 

​​Leaf: Add raw to salads. Finely chop and sprinkle over sandwiches, egg dishes, vegetable soups, fish, and boiled potatoes. Add to mayonnaise and many classic sauces. When cooked, parsley enhances other flavors, but add towards end of cooking time. Use in bouquet garni. 

Root: Use in bouquet garni. Add to soups and stews. To use raw, grate into salads.
​ ​ ​Cosmetic:

​Leaf: Infuse as a hair tonic and conditioner.

Medicinal:

​Leaf: Chew raw to freshen the breath and promote healthy skin.​

Pink Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) short lived Perennial


1-3 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative:

Flower: Pretty and long lasting flowers.

Culinary: 

​Flower: Remove bitter white heel. Add petals to salads, pies, and sandwiches. Use to flavor sugar, jam, vinegar and wine. To make a syrup: pour 1 fluid ounce boiling water on 1 ounce fresh petals, steep for 12 hours. Strain, add 1 1/4 cups sugar, stir and jar.

​Household:

​​Flower: Provides nectar.

​ ​Aromatic:

​Flower : Use dried in potpourri mixtures.

​Medicinal:

Flower: Infuse petals in wine as a nerve tonic.



Yarrow (achillea millefolium) Perennial


1 to 3 feet hgt.

uses

Decorative: flower display dried.

Culinary: leaf finely chop slightly bitter, peppery young leaves into salads and cheese dips.

​Household: plant helps nearby plants to resist disease.

Leaf: speed up decomposition by adding one chopped fresh leaf to each wheelbarrow-load of compost.

​Cosmetic flower: infuse flowers for a facial steam and tonic lotion.

​Medicinal: Leaf infuse as a tea for digestive problems.


Marjorams & Oregano(Origanum) hardy herbaceous or shrubby perennial


6"-2 feet hgt.

uses


Culinary: 

​Leaf: (Sweet Marjoram). Chop finely for salads and butter sauces for fish. Add to meat dishes in last few minutes of cooking. (Pot Marjoram, oregano) Blend with chili and garlic. Add to pizza, tomatoes, eggs and cheese dishes. Rub into roasting meats.

​​Stem: Give food a faint marjoram flavor by laying stems on barbecue embers.

​ ​ ​Aromatic:

​Leaf: (Sweet Marjoram) Use in potpourri and scented pillows.

Medicinal:

Flowering Top: (Sweet marjoram) Infuse as a tea for colds and headaches. Add a decoction or essential oil to bathwater as relaxant. (Oregano) Infuse as a tea for colds, nervous headaches and irritability. 

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) Perennial

2 to 3 feet hgt.

uses


Culinary: Leaf: Use sparingly for a warm, subtle flavor, which diffuses quickly through other ingredients. Use it for béarnaise, tarter and hollandaise sauces. Add shredded leaf to avocado  filings, mayonnaise for fish dishes, salad dressing, light soups, tomatoes, omelets and scrambled eggs. Make an herb butter for vegetables, steaks, chops and grilkled fish. Rub onto roast chicken or mix with chicken stuffing.

​Medicinal: Leaf: Tarragon leaves are rich in iodine,  mineral salts, vitamins A and C. Infuse as a digestive and general tonic.

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