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Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:12

I'm scared if I get too close to the pond they'll drag me in!

Fortunately my (now 7) real gold fish in the pond are a little more suited to the scale (if insistent on eating every plant in the pond as if I don't feed them twice a day with luxurious pellets!)


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:45

Oh dear :/ (One would have hoped if you spent £150k on equipment and software that the person buying would have been switched on enough to haggle free training!)

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:43

Oooh didn't see you there Phillippa! I will have lavender growing all the up the footpath (in the area marked yellow) so there will be plenty of that fortunately (I love the smell of lavender).

I'll try the fennel out next time I cook a fish dish. We're meant to be having a full fish on the BBQ on Sunday to maybe now is my chance!

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:38

Is Marjoram similar to Oregano? I'm afraid my knowledge of plants is a very limited but when I google search Marjoram Oregano appears? I will have to investigate further on this. Thank you for sharing your ideas - I must find out what kind of Oregano the one I have now is! (I've not harvested any yet to taste - I'm afraid after all the growing plants from seeds I get a little upset about having to cut them!)

Ooh Lemon Thyme that's an idea.


Just in case it helps the herb garden will be going in a sheltered area partly shaded by the apple tree. This picture shows the garden in January:

 We'll have two greenhouses (yay!) side by side in the area where there's currently one (in black) so the herb area (in purple) will be very protected from winds coming off the open play field behind us. I'll be able to nip over the hideous patio straight from the kitchen door to harvest when we're cooking

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:18

Thanks for the suggestions. I've basil in a pot at home but its looking a little sorry for itself so might be replaced with a shop brought one (I've had great success planting a shop brought one before).

Coriander and parsley - good idea! I wouldn't have thought of those but parsley often is mentioned in recipes (and instantly ignored as I don't have any!)

I hadn't thought of different types of mint (I've three but have no idea what they are - other than one being water mint. One is big and bushy and generally growing like mad the other one quite small leafed and much more delicate in danger of being swamped by the larger). That's an excellent idea (not a mojitos drinker but the family are!)



Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:12

Lesley - trust me it works! I would never suggest something I'm not prepared to first trial on myself! (I actually have bruises on my knees from the bouncy castle now - HOW CAN YOU BRUISE ON A BOUNCY CASTLE??)

Fidget - hope he gets it trimmed soon!


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:10

Thanks for the reminder!


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:19

KEF!! Had my first roma tomato yesterday! Straight from the plant it was so juicy!


(Just hope I can remember to save some seeds from the next few - alas this was was gone almost as soon as I spotted it )

Seed Exchange

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:17

(I must remember not to scoff the tomatoes without first saving a few seeds!!)

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 12:16

I might have already asked this - as you know I have an issue with my memory and so often forget things. Predominately I've forgotten where I put the list of herbs I want to put in my herb garden area (it must be with that winning lottery ticket).

What herbs do you consider essential in your herb garden? Both for using in the kitchen but also for adding colour and exciting the senses when you're enjoying the garden.

So far I have waiting to go in:

  • Thyme (never flowered before - they're so beautiful!)
  • Rosemary (by the kitchen door but I'll also put some in the garden)
  • Mint (in a pot where its staying!)
  • Water mint in the pond (again in a pot that I can lift to trim the roots)
  • Bronze fennel (not sure what you do with this - it was saved from future MIL garden and has been sat in a pot ever since)
  • Sage (grown from seed and still quite tiny)
  • Chives (inc garlic chive)
  • Oregano (found some seeds and planted them - now to work out what I can do with the plants!)

I want:

  • Chamomile

What would you add to the collection if you could for year long interest?

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