324/366: to snail bait or not to snail bait?

Because I decided to do a little companion planting, of basil, coriander and capsicum, I wanted to protect the little seedlings from snails. While I really try to not use chemicals in the garden, (though I don’t know how long I can last, as all the weeding I do by hand is taking its toll on me), I wasn’t sure where snail bait stood in the grand scheme of trying to be “organic”.

The other consideration, obviously, was potential danger to my darling cats. However, reading the information on the outside of the pack, it appeared that it was safe for pets, and the ingredients would break down to become nutrients for the soil.

It will be interesting to follow the progress of  this coriander seedling, as I have actually grown it from a SEED! In other years if I have attempted growing herbs or vegetables, it has always been from seedlings, so I guess that’s another notch for personal growth!

199/366: min T

My mint bush was looking rather straggly, so today I snipped and trimmed it, hoping to encourage some better growth.

With the spare pieces, I played with them a little, before planting a few as cuttings.

Lastly, I made a lovely cup of mint tea, hence the title of this post: min T.

Aah! Quite refreshing.

166/366: coriander quest conquered – the easy way

Months ago, against the advice of a random customer at Bunnings, I purchased and planted coriander seedlings. See 31/366: coriander quest for details. Cutting a short story shorter: they disappeared.

Now I have taken the easy way out. At the supermarket you can buy a bunch of cut coriander. Better still,  available now is basically a little pot of seedlings, which is the option I chose. Dividing them in half, I put some in the kitchen, which have long since gone, while the other section is thriving out in my herb garden.

In USA coriander is known as cilantro. Imagine on a cold winter’s night a red curry soup with various vegetables and noodles, coconut milk and coriander – delicious.

4/366: hooray for herbs

It’s really nice being able to pop out into the garden to obtain fresh herbs. I have had rosemary growing for some years out the back. You can dry it out and save it, but it flourishes so I tend to use it straight from the bush. Imagine a succulent leg of roast lamb embedded with fresh rosemary sprigs. On those rare occasions when we do have a roast, I mix up some garlic, oil and rosemary to brush onto the potatoes for extra flavour.

Mint is best grown in a pot, to avoid it taking over the whole garden, although I have to admit I have managed to kill a mint plant before today. Make your own pot of herbal tea by steeping it for a few minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger the taste. Combine it with some lemon for a refreshing change.

Recently I made a mixed pot of herbs in an old round pipe, planting parsley, basil, oregano and chives. As well as being useful, it looks pretty as well. Just like I try to be!