Medicinal Herb Garden

The Gift of Garlic

I hadn’t planned on planting garlic this season. My excuse until now has been that I had no space, but the truth of it is, I have been procrastinating on building new beds for some time. However, my work colleague gave me some garlic to plant this month. He has purchased approximately 60 bulbs of at least 4 different garlic varieties via TradeMe and is planning an experiment to test the differences in growth, taste and disease-resistance across them. My…

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Building Soil

Our plan for the next couple of years to the set up a row of vegetable beds running east-west in the back garden and surround this with a bee-friendly perennial herb garden. However, most of our garden is currently grassed, and the compacted clay is not ideal for intensive growing. Therefore we need to look at building soil and creating an environment that will encourage healthy soil life necessary for plants to grow. Complex Ecosystem A single tablespoon of earth…

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Herb Seeds!

What did I do during the cold dark weeks of winter? Buy seeds of course! And I recently indulged myself as I started making plans for a Medicinal Herb Garden that would also double as the bee border around my veggie beds. The idea here is to plant up a calendar year of constantly flowering plants for bees to forage on through all the seasons, to keep them coming back and pollinating my fruiting crops. I found a neat wee…

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