Sunday, 29 August 2010

My herbs

Herbs are easy to grow in little gardens. They usually thrive in containers, and most are very resistant to everything.

My mints were the first herb I got for my garden, but after seeing how they could grow so easy I decided to get some more.

My Cilantro (Coriander/Chinese parsley)

My garden 0022 July 01, 2010

my first batch of Coriander




I had to get this plant because I missed that flavor. For me "cilantro" is one of the basic herbs for cooking, also I know it is native of Asia so I was very surprised when I got to japan and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I went to many supermarkets and food stores but it was nowhere to be found. I only saw it once in Nihonbashi, but when I went back to buy it they didn't have it anymore.

Getting a bit frustrated because I couldn’t buy it fresh I decided to grow It myself. I looked around internet and research about how to grow coriander. It was winter so I had to wait, but the idea was on my mind already.

Next spring, after I moved and I discovered the garden center I got some seeds there, I sow them and waited for some tasty leafs. The plants were growing fine, but then I went on vacation and they suffer quite a bit. When I came back they didn't look good, I water them thoroughly and when the leafs got fresh I harvest them all. They were really tasty.

After that I have sowed some more, I hope they are still on season.


My sweet basil

My basil

My sweet basil is growing well




After my success growing mint and my semi success growing cilantro I wanted to get some more herbs. Last month on a trip to the garden center I saw that they had sweet basil for sale, so one more plant for my little garden. I did some research about how to grow basil and set it up.

Now it is growing very happily where the marigold used to be, it is growing quite fine and I already used it for my cooking twice.

I do want to have more herbs, but I am worried I will run out of space, my little garden is really a very little garden. Well maybe one little lavender, it can't hurt that much.

4 comments:

  1. I love your herb plants. I wanted to share a pic of my herb corner from this spring http://www.thefrugalgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/HPIM0416-e1283358170905.jpg you'll notice cilantro in the upper corner :). I let some of it mature, so I could save seeds for next year.

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  2. Thank you, your herbs look great too
    What are the little ones on the bottom?

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  3. Culinary thyme, it's not winterhardy here (zone 5), but is very easy to grow from seed. It's getting pretty woody now so I'm debating drying vs. overwintering inside.

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  4. I love it. Perfect of my culinary enhancement. Growing a wide variety of herbs is great for whatever reason you have- your health, your culinary tastes, your love of beauty -- congratulations!

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