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Old 12-11-2005, 05:08 AM   #1
Matthew Townsend
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I need to buy or make a heavy duty herb garden.

Has anyone done it? Are there any good websites that people have used?

I'm thinking basil, lemongrass, chives, Vietnamese mint, corriander, parsley... Something that I can hoe into day after day.

I'm in Australia, so we're not short of sunshine.

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Old 12-11-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia!
Chia Herb Garden, do they have that down under?
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Old 12-11-2005, 08:20 PM   #3
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Do you have outside space or does it have to be in containers? I have a small farm and can definately help you.

First step will be deciding where. Then deciding what. Then finding out what is perenial (survives more than one year) and what is annual (only one year). Then you figure out what needs lots of sun and what doesn't. Then you plot out the garden based on all this.

Just looking at what you list - basil is annual, likes sun, is a summer plant. Coriander (also known as cilantro) is a spring and fall plant and likes sun but not hot sun also an annual. Chives like spring but will go through the whole season. They get tough after one year so consider them an annual. If the mint is like the others in the mint family, it is perennial and might even be invasive so choose where it will go carefully. It will like shade but not complete shade and once started will produce year round. I haven't grown lemongrass ever.

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Old 12-12-2005, 06:02 AM   #4
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Thanks Beth, it could be grown in pots, but there is room for planting too. Now that I can't park my car in the backyard, it's got to be used for something. Do you recommend something in the sun?
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Old 12-12-2005, 06:22 AM   #5
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Yes. You want sun. YOu might also want a spot with partial sun for mints and stuff. Why don't you start by making a complete list of what you want to grow. And looking at your yard for how much space you can use. Herbs don't have to be grown in rows. They look better planted throughout. Often near a backyard door is cool cause you can go pick them easy plus they smell good.

If you want to write me privately on this I can guide you through it. It is pretty easy. My email is in my profile.
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Old 12-17-2005, 10:21 AM   #6
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Or you could grow them like I grow Strawberries! :happy:

Hydroponics. (no, its not for the illegal stuff)

It costs a little more upfront, but you can grow year round.


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Old 12-20-2005, 03:48 AM   #7
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I like the idea of hydroponics, but it's a little hi-tech for me at the moment. Besides, I'm pretty sure we get enough sun all year round here for them to last.

Still, given that they are still so damp from the first days watering, I might have over done it a bit. They might not last a month. :-(
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:10 AM   #8
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Herbs are easy bro,I live in a apartment and still have basil Tomatoes(yeah I know thats not a herb) Lemon grass, mint,Wheatgrass,lavender,thyme and rosemary.
Just good organic soil in a tub, regular water and sun.
Lemongrass and mint grow like weeds in any conditions.
Thyme and Rosemary require less water and soil thats well draining(mixed with sand).
Chives and parsley are also good choices.
Splurt on some punnets from a local nusrery and dive into it.
Your're not in Sydney are you?
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:58 PM   #9
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No, I'm in Melbourne.

I now have two herb pots, does anyone have any suggestions on how to split up the herbs so that one tub can be kept more moist than the other?

Lemongrass, mmm, haven't come across any of that yet. Must keep a look out for it.


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