What to plant in your garden

Many of the practitioners at Nature Cures Clinic maintain a vibrant garden in their backyards, to foster good health. Since we’re focusing on organic gardening and organic food this month, Dr. Hilary Costello has compiled a list of essentials for starting your own garden.

If you’re interested in starting a garden, but don’t know what to plant, this list might give you some ideas:

Culinary Herbs (also medicinal):

Rosemary (boosts circulation, memory, and brain function)
Basil (great fresh in salads or sauteed, perfect green addition to any meal, rich in vitamins and minerals)
Garlic (immune support)
Sage (drying, respiratory support)
Thyme (drying, respiratory support)
Mint (calms digestive discomfort)

Medicinal Herbs:

Aloe (cooling & healing for skin issues, GI health)
Comfrey (poultice for skin issues)
Lemon balm (antiviral)
Valerian( attracts butterflies and beneficial insects)
Echinacea (immune support)


Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, etc.)
Apple tree
Fig tree
Onions, garlic, leeks, scallion
Parsley, cilantro, basil
* Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, Swiss chard, cabbage, beet greens, lettuce* — super easy for all levels of gardeners
Peppers (sweet and hot)

Also, check out Dr. Costello’s Spring Garden Tour video on the Nature Cures Clinic site.