Ocimum Basilicum or commonly know as Sweet basil is a popular herb with bright green strongly aromatic foliage with a distinctive flavour, used commonly for culinary purposes, in salads, soups, pasta dishes, tomato, egg and cheese dishes. Basil can also be used for companion planting amongst Tomatoes as the grow.
Basil Prefers a position which is sheltered from frost, which is why i never normally offer it for sale until at least late October until March ( unless sold out), unlike other stores, who just sell it for the sake of taking your money and couldnt care less if it grows for you... the more you kill the more you will buy is their attitude... we dont share this attitude, we want gardeners to have success and confidence in everything the buy and grow from us, including our knowledge on our locality here in the Dandeong Ranges and when the best time to plant it out is ...... i believe, that people who keep killing products or not having success, generally will give up trying and thats not good for my business.... these warehouses and hardware stores posing as nurseries dont care, they will just move on to the next seasons profit maker !!... now back to basil
Basil will grow up to 45cms tall by 40cms wide in moist to well drained soils.... keep the soil moist ( not sogging wet) during the drier warmer months, allow plenty of airflow around them, tip prune when young to encourage bushy growth, most importantly have them in full sun to partial shade ( not heavy shade or full shade) and protect them frosts and from slugs and snails.....
Little tip about Slugs and Snails if you love your delicates in the garden, then it is a good time to stock up on some full strength beer !!... use a saucer of full strength beer instead of bait or poisons around your edibles, the yeast in the beer will attract the snails and slugs ( and cockroaches, slaters and earwigs ive found), they cannot process the alcohol, so they drink it, get merry, have a party and never wake up, and at least if other animals eat them afterwards, they wont be poisoned either..... dont be a tightarse and use light beer, because its cheaper, if you are one of those types and you are going to waste time, might as well put some music on and make the bugs some snacks as well so they can really enjoy trashing your garden.
Garlic Chives are a clump forming perennial with attractive grass like foliage that has a mild garlic flavour.
Chives are not only useful for culinary purposes, but they also make great flowering plants as a border or edge in your garden, as they will develop small white or purple flowers in the spring months.
Chives are also considered a beneficial plant to roses, tomatoes and fruit trees, as they ward off those pesky little flys, aphids and bugs, that attack your flowers and fruit. I often plant lots of chives around my garden, not because of potential random Vampire attack, or to repel Mrs Paddys obvious affection for me, with my odorous garlic fragrance, ... ( hahaha.... yeah we're married... no need to worry about garlic breath), but I plant them to actually repel the bugs and chewing insects from my flowers and fruits in the garden... and of course, i love asian style cuisine, so i use them in cooking, along with actual garlic and ginger..... a lot !!... which probably explains why my wife sleeps in another room ... a lot !!
Chives can be used to flavour cheese, dips, and egg dishes, as a garnish or in asian style cuisines and salads.
Chives thrive in a sunny position in moist to well drained soil and will grow up to 40cms tall by 45 cms wide, remove the flowers to prolong the life of the plants.
Coriander is a strongly aromatic herb with serrated green foliage, commonly used for culinary purposes and flavourings for a whole range of fresh and cooked dishes, the world over. Corinader bears white flowers, which are then followed by small brown seeds. which are used whole or ground as a spice. Coriander is very much useful in many ways, which is why it is so popular... not just as a herb, but also as a spice.
Coriander prefers full sun to partial shade ( not heavy shade or full shade... it is not a mushroom!!), in moist but well drained soils. Protect Coriander from frost, but also very hot sun....
now i know that some plant descriptions by us experienced gardeners can be like a secret language and sound really special and important ...... and some gardeners/ nursery people like to sound all mighty with their latin terminologies, we generally refer to them as Wayne Kerrs !!.... the rest of us normal gardeners, like to keep it simple when teaching others about plants and gardening, sharing knowledge is what keeps us all gardening and definitely very sane in "Chairman Dans lock down from hell " age is no barrier, you never stop learning and i have learnt as much from young gardeners as i have from older......
so i will simplify my description for coriander for our first time gardeners, to give you the best start to getting them going and starting your addiction to gardening for the rest of your life.....
. i grow coriander at home in a pot in morning to early afternoon sun, that way i can control the moisture level ( watering) and sunlight, if we have a scorcher over summer and it is bright and hot, i simply move the pot to a shadier spot, then put it back when the fierce sun is gone... pick the leaves regularly to use and towards end of summer, you can let it go to flower and then seed to collect your seeds for next springs crop.... have fun.... if you kill it, you wont be the first or last to do so, we learn from it each time.... trust me, im a slow learner, i kill lots of things through trial and error !!