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  • #31
    Originally posted by Small pumpkin View Post
    Lavender doesn't seem to do very well for me. Don't no if it's location or just me! I sowed some last year. They're still to small to plant out, but alive. So that's an improvement on any brought plants.
    What's your soil like up there SP? lavender really likes limey free draining dry soil best.
    Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
    Endless wonder.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by mothhawk View Post
      What's your soil like up there SP? lavender really likes limey free draining dry soil best.
      It's more rock than soil! So reasonably well draining. It's raised beach and very acidic. It's not doing that well in pots of MPC to be honest. They need repotting but still !
      Last edited by Small pumpkin; 13-04-2018, 07:24 PM.

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      • #33
        I planted some 'erbs in between the crazy paving near my greenhouse, the Chamomile looks well flattened by the winter, do I cut it back at all?
        If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.

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        • #34
          Burnie, I have chamomile growing in my garden and I never cut it back.
          It looks dead in winter but always comes back.

          And when your back stops aching,
          And your hands begin to harden.
          You will find yourself a partner,
          In the glory of the garden.

          Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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          • #35
            Herb Garden - month by month 2019

            Bumping this again as I didn't do very well last year.

            Originally posted by veggiechicken View Post

            These are January & February herbs which can be sown now #


            January


            Plan your herb bed and order seeds



            February

            Sow (indoors or GH)
            Basil
            Canary balm - Cedronella canariensis
            Cowslip
            Eucalyptus
            Evening primrose
            French marigold
            Parsley
            Perilla
            Safflower
            Sage
            Thyme
            Wild strawberry
            Woad

            Sow outdoors or in pots
            Chervil
            German chamomile

            Take cuttings
            Chicory
            Sea holly

            Divide
            Chives
            Costmary
            Ginger
            Sorrel
            Last edited by veggiechicken; 02-02-2019, 10:42 PM.

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            • #36
              I was thinking of fishing the book out to have a look just the other day. I've bought some savory seeds. Made a mistake, got the pungent one, but never mind. Apparently it's good for deterring pests. Might try some mixed with marigolds in among the brassicas. Double confusion!

              Bit too early for sowing here for me just yet. Give it a few more weeks before I start.
              Living in north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep.

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              • #37
                I was a bit pants last year but there is a border in the veg patch I want to revamp and make a dedicated herb patch. Bought some winter savory seeds as my plants were lost last year as well So I will be keeping an eye on this thread

                For those of you feeling herby what is the knack for basil? I don't recall ever successfully growing the stuff.

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                • #38
                  ^In my case, don't sow till May, nip off the tops when about 15 cm tall so the plants bush out, and keep pinching off the flowering tips. And plant out far more than you think you'll need.

                  Actually, that looks like a good plan for coriander, come to think of it. I never do well with that.
                  Living in north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep.

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                  • #39
                    I've started!!
                    Rummaged through my old seeds and decided on this lot as they're all past their sow-by dates.

                    Sown 11 pots (all different) - now in prop.

                    Thyme - Common/Orange scented/Broad leaf
                    Basil - Thai/Red Rubin/Lemon/Mammoth
                    Chervil - Curled
                    Parsley - Paravert/Moss curled

                    Also have some mint cuttings rooting in water.

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                    • #40
                      Sowed a load of herbs about two weeks ago.
                      So far chives, fennel, thyme, flat leaf parsley, cumin and mustard have germinated.

                      And when your back stops aching,
                      And your hands begin to harden.
                      You will find yourself a partner,
                      In the glory of the garden.

                      Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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                      • #41
                        What to do in March

                        Originally posted by veggiechicken View Post
                        Sow in March:-

                        Agrimony
                        Aniseed
                        Anise hyssop
                        Artemisia

                        Bergamot
                        Bistort
                        Borage

                        Canary balm
                        Caraway
                        Chives
                        Coreopsis
                        Coriander
                        Cumin

                        Dyer's greenweed

                        Echinacea
                        Elecampane
                        Evening primrose

                        Fenugreek
                        Feverfew
                        Flax

                        Good King Henry

                        Heartsease
                        Herb bennet
                        Hyssop

                        Lady's mantle
                        Lemon verbena

                        Marjoram
                        Mullein
                        Mustard

                        Nasturtium

                        Orach

                        Pinks
                        Poppy
                        Pot marigold

                        Salad burnet
                        Scented pelargonium
                        Sea holly
                        Smallage
                        Sorrel
                        Spruce
                        Strawberry
                        Summer savory
                        Sunflower
                        Sweet woodruff

                        Tansy
                        Teasel
                        Traveller's joy

                        Vervain

                        Weld
                        Winter savory

                        Yarrow

                        Phew!! This is the busiest month for seed sowing - don't be alarmed. It becomes easier.
                        Better find some more seeds!!

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                        • #42
                          Good timing. Just yesterday I was trying to find the book I bought. Looks like I don't need it - just this thread!
                          Living in north-east Spain, where the sun is too hot, the rain too torrential, the hail too big, the wind too windy and the snow too deep.

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                          • #43
                            I don't see saffron mentioned here yet - popped some new bulbs in two weeks ago and am already harvesting from those flowers not destroyed by the manic rain.

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                            • #44
                              Just to say, my Rosemary has been in blossom for the last few weeks.
                              Its living outdoors in a large container on the back steps.

                              And when your back stops aching,
                              And your hands begin to harden.
                              You will find yourself a partner,
                              In the glory of the garden.

                              Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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                              • #45
                                2020 - Herbs

                                Time for some herbs to go with those spices!

                                Originally posted by veggiechicken View Post
                                January & February herbs which can be sown now

                                January


                                Sow:-
                                Chives
                                Rosemary
                                Winter savory

                                Take cuttings in spring
                                Bay & Rosemary & Winter savory -

                                Buy or take soft stem cuttings in summer - French tarragon

                                February

                                Sow (indoors or GH)
                                Basil
                                Canary balm - Cedronella canariensis
                                Cowslip
                                Eucalyptus
                                Evening primrose
                                French marigold
                                Parsley
                                Perilla
                                Safflower
                                Sage
                                Thyme
                                Wild strawberry
                                Woad

                                Sow outdoors or in pots
                                Chervil
                                German chamomile

                                Take cuttings
                                Chicory
                                Sea holly

                                Divide
                                Chives
                                Costmary
                                Ginger
                                Sorrel

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