Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Herbs

Who grows herbs?  There is a myriad of ways to grow herbs.  In containers, in designated herb gardens, in the general garden, dotted through the garden.  In hanging baskets.  All of the above.  I'm smiling as I write this, because I love herbs.  I love using fresh herbs in cooking.  I love having some fresh herbs in a glass of water on my kitchen window ledge.  I would love to have a designated herb garden, but I do not.  I started to, when I first moved in, but its very shady and other than chives, rosemary, mint and oregano, nothing else grew.   I have parsley, perennial basil, mint, oregano, sage, coriander and thyme in pots.  I have oregano dotted through the garden beds as I adore the smell.  I also have a trial of thyme and parsley through out the garden beds as well.  I enjoy traditional gardens, but I also enjoy a variety of plant species in one space as it give the senses a blast.  Differing smells and sights are a visual and aromatic pleasure.  In this world of different tastes, its not suprising that there are more and more interest in the sensory gardens.  Childrens' gardens are great for this, as well as hospital gardens and places.  Spaces which are welcoming to all.  From the very young to the very old.  This can also be great for people with disabilities.  Back to my herbs, I've since come to my realisation, that thyme does not like wet feet.  Coriander, however, is water hungry.  Placing them in the same pot, was not a good idea.  The thyme has been repotted else where.  The coriander, in the self-watering pot, is going well.  Its one of my most favourite herbs, but I find it difficult to grow.  I remember seeing it grow in a crack in a footpath once and it thrived.  Mine, in a pot, fed with seasol, does struggles.  The sage has died back at the moment, but it tends to struggle too.  As with most things, I believe it it trial and error with herb planting.  
Origanum vulgare

Petroselinum crispum


Mentha sachalinensis


Rosmarinus officinalis