Jump to content
Growing herbs - help needed
4 replies to this topic
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:19 PM
As a complete novice with anything to do with gardening, I'm hoping someone can give me some tips on growing herbs. I think I have tried about a dozen times to grow my own herbs, and only once did it work (with a bumper crop of basil, parsley and coriander - I was so proud!). But I have no idea what I did differently to all the other times that they've failed (nothing coming up, dying soon after the shoots are there, etc.)
For Christmas I received some seeds and one of those large polystyrene boxes to start them off in (parsley, coriander and thyme) and I am also growing basil in a separate pot and oregano in a separate pot. They are now at the stage of being quite sturdy (in my opinion! eg. the coriander is about 10 cm high, thyme and parsley a bit to go still) and I wonder what I'm supposed to do with them before they die again LOL? Do I keep them all where they are or replant them in their own pots so they have more room to grow? Can they stay inside or should they go outside? How often do I water them? Is it OK to have different herbs in the same pot/container? For the record, our garden doesn't really lend itself to being planted directly in the ground so prefer to keep them in pots. And do they need feeding as well as watering? (Like I said, a complete novice!).
Any tips and suggestions would be most welcome
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:32 PM
Gardening Australia is always a good source of info.
Which part of Australia do you live in ?
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:43 PM
I have never had any success growing them inside. I would definitely report them with a good quality poting mix and grow them outside. You shouldn't need to fertiliser fir 4 to 5 weeks if you use good mix. Then make sure to water them so they don't dry out completely but don't keep them constantly branched either as they don't like that. I have combinations of different herbs in pots. Also trim them to stop them going rangey and seeding even if your not eating it all.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:00 PM
Given their size, I would just keep doing what you are doing, a good spot for them in Melbourne for Summer is somewhere that gets plenty of morning sun but is then shadey for the heat of the day from around Noon.
ps, Unless you have a morning sunlit room (as in, direct sun on plants), then outside is best.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Complete to online survey and let us know your views on health and fitness to win.
Everyone loves a personalised Christmas present - especially those which have been lovingly created by little hands. These Christmas gifts are so easy that even your toddler will be able to make them.
Our friends at The Sun-Herald are giving you the chance to win a family pass to Taronga Zoo Sydney or Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
I?m not ready for my son to stop believing in Santa yet. But should I treat him like the intelligent and sensible boy that he is and tell the truth, or should I lie, with the good intentions of keeping the magic alive for just a little longer?
More than half a million lights, countless hours of work, a world record - and it's all for a good cause.
Doctors made a shocking discovery when they found a dandelion growing inside 16-month-old?s ear canal.
Introducing the new campaign to help mums and babies around Australia.
Despite safety campaigns by organisations such as Kidsafe, the number of children dying and being injured in driveway accidents has remained steady. One mother shares her story of loss and warns others to pay attention.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Fitness blogger and football wife Caroline Berg Eriksen has come under fire for posting a photo of her amazing post-baby body on Instrgram just four days after giving birth. She has defended the picture saying she is "proud" of what her body has achieved.
A pregnant woman had her baby taken by British social workers after a forced caesarean section - and the child has still not been returned to her.
When kids want something, they'll ask ... and ask ... and ask ... until you cave in. You can teach them to unlearn this annoying tactic by saying just three words.
Babies love getting their little gums around keys - but these ones are cleaner and more fun than the set on your key ring.
Top 5 Articles
Join Essential Baby and Aldi in celebrating Chrismas, with gift guides, the truth about Santa and how to manage christmas while pregnant + lots more.
Breaking Bad, The Great Gatsby and Game of Thrones are all inspiring baby names in the UK this year ? but royal names are on the decline.
To celebrate the launch of this gorgeous new baby skincare range, Essential Baby is giving our readers the chance to win one of ten Little Bairn Essentials Gift Packs.
For a limited time you can save 50% off when you gift unlimited access to The Age or SMH. It's the gift for those you love, who love to know.
Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.
Get Christmas sorted with this prize bundle of a Playstation3 and Puppeteer game + a PSVita and Little Big Planet game. Enter Now!
Kids love their PILLOW PETS by day and are comforted sleeping with them by night. Enter now for your chance to win!
Here's a selection of vintage boys and girls monikers which have traditionally been used as either nicknames or given names, from the 1880s through to the 1950s.
Free Printable Activities
Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.