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Growing medicinal herbs in your garden is a great way to take your do-it-yourself herbal teas, salves, and extracts to another level. On top of providing great medicine, many of these herbs make great culinary ingredients, aid in the health and pest control of your vegetable garden, and bring life and color to your backyard. If growing these herbs for cooking or making medicine, it is very important that they are grown in lead-free soil (Burlington seems to have high leaded soils), with organic soil, and well prepared compost. For common organic medicinal herb seeds, High Mowing Seeds is a great source. For more obscure medicinal herb seeds, Horizon Herbs is fantastic. And for the easier, late to plant route, Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, VT makes beautiful, healthy organic seedlings. Here are some tips on growing some commonly used medicinal herbs that will grow well right here in Vermont: