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Gisborne
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Herbs

Cultural Requirements

  • Friable, well drained soil
  • Full sunlight
  • Most will grow in pots and troughs
  • Minimal care required
  • Do not overfeed – this can lead to soft, leggy growth and the plant may collapse or set seed early
  • Herbs in pots will require daily watering during summer months

Uses

  • Used to flavour cooking
  • As additions to salads
  • As decorative landscape plants
  • For medicinal purposes

Pests and Diseases

  • Most are pest and disease free
  • Aphids – sometimes found on chives, lettuce
  • Leggy growth / early seed set – soil too rich, too wet

Pest and Disease Control

  • Aphids
    • Mavrik
  • Leggy growth/ early seed set
    • Do not over feed
    • Avoid fertilisers high in Nitrogen and compost in large quantities
    • Do not over water

Varieties

  • Culinary
    • Basil – Sweet, Dark Opal
    • Chives
    • Coriander
    • Curry Plant
    • Lemon grass
    • Marjoram – Sweet
    • Mint – Common, Vietnamese, Winter
    • Oregano
    • Parsley – Curled, Italian
    • Rosemary
    • Sage – Officinalis, Purple
    • Tarragon – French
    • Thyme – Lemon, Pizza, Vulgaris
  • Flavouring food and cooking
    • Fish –Thyme, Sage, Basil
    • Pork – Basil, Sage
    • Lamb – Rosemary, Marjoram
    • Chicken – Chives, Basil, Tarragon
    • Eggs – Chives, Parsley, Basil
    • Stuffings – Thyme, Basil, Sage
    • Soups and Stews – parsley, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage

Salads

  • Add to salads to supplement standard lettuce varieties
    • Cress
    • Endive
    • Mustard
    • Radicchio
    • Rocket

Landscape

  • Many more woody herbs are used in the landscape, especially in Mediterranean style gardens
    • Nepeta – Catmint
    • Chamomile – Lawns
    • Lavender
    • Rosemary – upright and prostrate
    • Thyme – as groundcover, instead of lawn



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