May 17, 2006 at 10:15 pm #237438forestMember
and what do you use them for?
I’m currently growing oregano, thyme, chives, parsley and bay – all for cooking. I grow comfrey for fertilizer and mulch, and aloe vera for burns. I also grow a lot of ornamental sage just because I love the look of it.May 17, 2006 at 10:32 pm #267751AnissaMember
We currently have sage, thyme, basil, corrianda, lemon grass, lemon balm, mint, shallots, Borage, comfrey. Also have marrigolds and nastrisams (sp?). We have HEAPS of seeds to plant out. I kind of missed spring last year as we were stil getting the garden going and being new to this didn’t realise that most herbs are planted in spring!
Seeds we have
Yikes I’ve got a job ahead of me!!!May 17, 2006 at 10:53 pm #267752
Im glad Im not the only one whos planting plans outstiped thier planting time.
Maybe this year 😉May 18, 2006 at 12:15 am #267753FranceyneMember
We grow the following for food (all except wormwood), medicinal (as marked – m) and as companion plants (as marked – c):
Sage – c & m
Mint – c
Tansy – c
Spearmint – m
Rosemary – c & m
Bergamont – m
Lavender – m
Marrigolds – c
Feverfew – c & m
Aloe Vera – m
Basil – c
Comfrey – c & m
Pennyroyal – c & m
Wormwood – c
Stinging Nettle – c & m
Seed to plant:
Siam Queen Basil
🙂May 18, 2006 at 12:19 am #267754starkMember
One herb you all should try to grow is lemon verbena…has the nicest scent of all and is a small to medium shrubMay 18, 2006 at 12:24 am #267755
One herb you all should try to grow is lemon verbena…has the nicest scent of all and is a small to medium shrub
Other than fragrance, what else can you do with it Ray?
Ive never heard of it , but then, whats new :p 😉May 18, 2006 at 12:34 am #267756starkMember
Kimble ,it can be used as a tea or cooking fish ,potpourri ,wife boils it up and makes fragrance for her soaps..but i just grab a leaf walking past and smell it ..maybe my favourite scentMay 18, 2006 at 12:36 am #267757
So it has a lemon flavour as well? Cool…I will keep an eye out for some..May 18, 2006 at 2:05 am #267758Judi BKeymaster
I don’t have alot in ATM.
parsley, shallots, oregano, thyme, lemon thyme & varigated, borage (blue & white), garlic chives, tansey, lemon balm, nasturtium, lavender, chives, yarrow, arrowroot, comfrey, rosemary and a native mintMay 18, 2006 at 2:23 am #267759GeoffKeymaster
Collecting herbs is a bit of a hobby of ours, in addition to most of the above and some variations (chocolate mint is great!) we also grow:
Hops (well trying to anyway…) for beer. Horseradish, Lovage, Licorice, French Sorrel (for salads & sandwiches) and Angelica for eating.
Dyer’s chamomile (supposedly for dyeing). Sweet Flag, Sweet Woodruff, Southernwood, Wood Bettony, Goldenrod, Mullien (as a weed…), & Meadowsweet, most of these were medicinals at one time in history. There are a few others Claire has slipped in without telling me, she’s not so interested in keeping accurate records of these things 🙁 I may educate her yet…
We’re also avid Lemon Verbena growers and totally agree with starkravenmad!May 18, 2006 at 2:59 am #267760DonnaMember
another beautiful smelling herb is corsican mint.. I use to grow it as a small lawn, just lovely to sit on (so is chamomile). It has tiny round leaves, almost like moss. And I have to agree with Ray, lemon verbena smells fantastic, reminds me of lemonade, lemon balm is also another nice lemony herb, makes a lovely iced tea in the summer.:DMay 21, 2006 at 1:19 pm #267761GiannaMember
I haven’t got much at the moment.
I use the Bay leaves and parsley in cooking and the rest because I like the flowers or for medicinal purposes or because they won’t go away. Once you have Feverfew, you have it forever. 😀May 22, 2006 at 2:53 am #267762espinay2Member
I only really have the basics at the moment – which I use a LOT of in cooking:
Basil (finished for the year now though)
I also have Saffron, but planted it too late this year unfortunately :(. I am hoping to have better luck with it next year.
I want to expand, but am just not sure what to get next! Too many choices! Does anyone know if lemongrass will grow ok in cold/frosty areas?May 22, 2006 at 3:29 am #267763BillybuttonParticipant
I started my herb garden towards the end of last year (see my gallery) and still planning it. There are herbs dotted about the garden elsewhere too.
So, i have:
Lemongrass (curious if it survives winter)
Chamomile (for tea, small plant only yet)
Eau de Cologne Mint
Native Mint (Mentha australis)
Sage (normal and puple)
Woolly thyme (very cute!)
Perennial basil (ditto as for lemongrass)
Sweet basil and Thai basil (as an annual)
Perennial Rocket (its in the herb bed)
Chives (see note at bottom)
Prostrate and normal rosemary
Lemon scented geranium
Backhousia citriodora (Lemon myrtle, still small and in pot)
Camelia sinensis (tea plant, just planted on weekend)
I’ve also planted red shallots and potato onions and some garlic int he winter herb bed.
Chives – has anyone ever heard of winter chives? i saw them in Tassie once (Salamanca market) and should have bought them. The herb lady had them labelled with the same latin name as shallots so would be interested if anyone has these.
Yet to get:
Perennial leeks (yes, not strictly a herb…)
Elfin Thyme (teeeeny leaves)
Bay tree (wish they had dwarf ones)
BillybuttonMay 22, 2006 at 6:52 am #267764MarkrMember
I’ve only noticed one mention of Sothernwood. (Lads Love/Maiden’s ruin) Thi is one of my favourites. Beautiful plant, wonderful smell – and great to keep moths out of the garden (and the house) – only problem is that it repells bees as well. I have two in pots at the moment and I aim moving them through the cabbages and Broccoli to repell cabbage moths.
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