Herbs

Latest Update 15th March 2017.

Growing Organic Herbs.
  • I have carefully researched and tested the best ways I know to grow a range of common herbs in a warm temperate climate like Melbourne's using micro-organic gardening principles.
  • For my own benefit, I record results in stand alone blogs containing this information, information I am happy to share with you (subject to my disclaimer).
  • The links below go directly to dedicated pages in these blogs which are devoted to the herbs named in the link.
  • Each page contains a botanical name, varieties grown, preferred growing conditions, nutritional value, soil preparation, propagation, planting, harvesting and pest control.
  • I grow flowering herbs because of their ability to attract beneficial insects to my garden.  Bees are particularly important and many of the herbs I grow are excellent bee magnets.
  • I need bees to pollinate my fruiting trees and vegetables, and when they are absent there are severely reduced fruit harvests or in some cases no harvest at all. (as I found to my cost when my apples failed to set fruit last year even though they produced loads of blossom).
  • Bees are not the only pollinators of course, and I try to grow a wide ranging variety of flowering plants to keep them all coming.
  • Herbs and other flowering plants attract predatory insects and insect eating birds, who keep insect pests under control as well as helping to pollinate flowering plants. 
  • The links above connect to my blog on Growing Organic Herbs, it contains a comprehensive database, which shows how I grow herbs in my small suburban garden.
  • I usually grow herbs in my raised beds alongside fruit trees, where their ability to attract pollinators is put to best use.  However some herbs (like Sweet Basil for example) are best grown in Ecobeds as companion plants.
  • Good companion plantings promote vigour and good health in both partners, but not all plants are good companions, and its worth checking this out before you commit to planting them.  You can find a list of good companions in most pages of my herb database.
  • For me growing herbs is more to do with replicating nature in my garden and keeping the creatures there in balance, rather than growing them for culinary purposes (although we do a bit of that too).  It all seems to be working quite nicely.