Menu Index: Herbs

Bay trees (Laurus nobilis)

How do I grow a bay tree? The bay tree (Laurus nobilis) is also known as sweet bay and has a long history in cultivation stretching back to ancient Greece and Rome where it was known as the laurel tree and provided decorative headpieces for the celebrities of the day. The aromatic oils in the […]

Chives

How do I grow chives? This tough perennial is related to garlic and onions and the bright green colour of the foliage makes it an attractive as well as tangy and attractive garnish for soups and salads. Like its close relatives the plant grows from a bulb, with hollow grass-like leaves that can be cut […]

Coriander

How do I grow Coriander? Coriander is an annual herb that must be raised from seed. Throughout spring is the best time to either buy seedlings or plant seeds in their final position, either in a pot or herb bed in the garden. Coriander grows very quickly and it is important to harvest leaves for […]

Dill

How do I grow dill? This annual herb has been used since biblical times, no doubt because it is so easy to grow and has a number of uses, both medicinal and culinary. It is most commonly used to add aromatic qualities when cooking fish by adding the chopped leaves. It has liquorice and parsley […]

Garlic (Allium sativum)

How do I grow garlic? Easy to grow with the right conditions, garlic is a delight for the kitchen as well as providing a source of fresh cloves that can also be used for medicinal purposes as a preventative treatment for colds and influenza. Each clove of garlic in a clump is actually a miniature […]

Growing Herbs

How do I get started with growing herbs? Herbs have been grown and used for a multitude of purposes since history began, including in culinary roles, as cosmetics, perfumes, preservatives, insect repellants, and of course for all kinds of medicinal applications. In these days of fast food saturated with sugar, fat and salt, growing your […]

Herb pots

How do I start a herb pot? A fantastic way to provide fresh herbs for the kitchen is by growing them in pots. Perfect for this purpose are special herb pots that are tall enough to accommodate holes along the side of the pot, allowing a number of types of herbs to be grown in […]

Lemon Grass

How do I grow Lemon Grass? Lemon grass has long been a part of Asian cooking and the rise in popularity of this cuisine in Australia makes it a useful idea to grow your own. It is a tall grassy-leafed plant that does actually belong to the grass family. It not only looks good but […]

Oregano

How do I grow Oregano? This easy to grow perennial herb is also known as marjoram and has a long history of culinary and medical use. The three species of oregano commonly grown in cultivation are oregano or wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) and pot marjoram (Origanum omites). Within these species there […]

Parsley

How do I grow Parsley? This is one of the easiest of all herbs to propagate and grow. A punnet of seedlings or seed itself can be grown in the final position in the garden or in a container. Seed may take a few weeks to emerge so be patient. Parsley is best grown as […]