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what herbs are you growing?

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  • #237438
    forestforest
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    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.

    #267751
    AnissaAnissa
    Member

    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

    Dill

    Cumin

    corrianda

    Basil

    Sage

    Thyme

    Wild oregano

    Evening primrose

    Anise

    garlic chives

    Tarragon

    Yarrow

    lemon grass

    lemon balm

    Hyssop

    Borage

    Mugwort

    Shepherds purse

    Pigeon pea

    wormwood

    Fat hen

    chicory witlof

    chicory coffee

    chicory wild

    Echinacea Purpurea

    Echinacea Angustifolia

    Motherwort

    Feenugreek

    Chamomile

    Chamomile roman

    Rue

    Pennyroyal

    arrowroot

    Yikes I’ve got a job ahead of me!!!

    #267752
    kimblekimble
    Member

    Im glad Im not the only one whos planting plans outstiped thier planting time.

    Maybe this year 😉

    #267753
    FranceyneFranceyne
    Member

    We grow the following for food (all except wormwood), medicinal (as marked – m) and as companion plants (as marked – c):

    Oregano

    Sage – c & m

    Mint – c

    Tansy – c

    Spearmint – m

    Curry Bush

    Rosemary – c & m

    Chives

    Vietnamese Mint

    Thyme

    Lemon-scented Thyme

    Bergamont – m

    Lavender – m

    Marrigolds – c

    Feverfew – c & m

    Aloe Vera – m

    Basil – c

    Comfrey – c & m

    Marjoram

    Pennyroyal – c & m

    Wormwood – c

    Sorrel

    Stinging Nettle – c & m

    Rhubarb

    Seed to plant:

    Evening primrose

    Coriander

    Lemon Balm

    Siam Queen Basil

    🙂

    #267754
    starkstark
    Member

    One herb you all should try to grow is lemon verbena…has the nicest scent of all and is a small to medium shrub

    #267755
    kimblekimble
    Member

    starkravenmad2 wrote:

    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 😉

    #267756
    starkstark
    Member

    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 scent

    #267757
    kimblekimble
    Member

    So it has a lemon flavour as well? Cool…I will keep an eye out for some..

    #267758
    Judi BJudi B
    Keymaster

    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 mint

    #267759
    GeoffGeoff
    Keymaster

    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!

    #267760
    DonnaDonna
    Member

    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.:D

    #267761
    GiannaGianna
    Member

    I haven’t got much at the moment.

    Lavender

    Feverfew

    Borage

    Rosemary

    Lemonbalm

    Parsley

    Bay

    Comfrey

    Aloe Vera

    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. 😀

    #267762
    espinay2espinay2
    Member

    I only really have the basics at the moment – which I use a LOT of in cooking:

    Oregano

    Thyme

    Lemon Thyme

    Rosemary

    Mint

    Parsley

    Chives

    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?

    #267763
    BillybuttonBillybutton
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    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:

    Lemon Verbena

    Lemon Balm

    Lemongrass (curious if it survives winter)

    Vietnamese mint

    Chamomile (for tea, small plant only yet)

    Peppermint

    Moroccan Mint

    Eau de Cologne Mint

    Native Mint (Mentha australis)

    Marjoram

    Oregano

    Sage (normal and puple)

    Lemon thyme

    Variegated thyme

    Normal thyme

    Woolly thyme (very cute!)

    Perennial basil (ditto as for lemongrass)

    Sweet basil and Thai basil (as an annual)

    Dill

    Perennial Rocket (its in the herb bed)

    Russian Tarragon

    Horseradish

    Coriander

    Parsley

    Chives (see note at bottom)

    Prostrate and normal rosemary

    Echinacea purpurea

    Lemon scented geranium

    Sorrel

    Nasturtiums

    Marigolds

    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…)

    Saffron Crocus

    Elfin Thyme (teeeeny leaves)

    Bay tree (wish they had dwarf ones)

    cheers,

    Billybutton

    #267764
    MarkrMarkr
    Member

    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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