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Sue
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Posted -  31/03/2007  :  17:34

I have just spent the last 3 full days digging out a formal herb garden,  laid out in a French style symmetry.( hence the bad wrist). Now I need to plant things quickly before all those weeds come back

 I already have rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, lemon balm, marjoram, and lavender(multiple plants of each). Has any one any ideas about othe perenial herbs that can with stand  long periods with very little attention. The soil is well drained and very fertile. I have 8 symmetrical patches in all. Two are already filled. This year I am putting potatoes in another two of them , but I need some ideas for a long term permanent herb plot. I did think I would do one patch with annuals and biennials like parsley and basil.

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Vee
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Posted - 31/03/2007 : 18:59
Sue don't talk about gardening I have just spent about £400 on bedding plant for my garden in my new house.  I looks like I am growing drugs in my second lounge at the moment as it is too cold to out them out yet.


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Another
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Posted - 31/03/2007 : 20:10
 Sue, have a word at Pendle Heritage Centre, they have a large traditional herb garden. Nolic



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Sue
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Posted - 31/03/2007 : 21:04

Do they now. Where is it exactly. Vee, grow your own,  its a lot cheaper. I only buy when I want a couple or so of one plane, otherwise out come the seed trays.... The garden in France is huge, about 7000 sq meters. Most we leave wild but it still leaves abig plot to garden...

 




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Posted - 31/03/2007 : 22:23
 PHC is in Barrowford near the bridge on the road to Colne. They might be in the phone book. Nolic



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Stanley
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Posted - 01/04/2007 : 06:04
Best herb garden I ever saw was shaped like a large wagon wheel, the space between the spokes made the divisions for different herbs.  A good thing to do is to divide the plot up by sinking aluminium dividers between the different sections to stop root spread, otherwise some herbs will try to take over the whole plot, mint is particularly agressive.  Buckets with the bottom knocked out and sunk in to ground level are good for containing plants.  Most herbs I have grown don't mind being clumped together, it makes them fight and grow harder.  It's quite amazing how many herbs you can grow in a very small space.


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Vee
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Posted - 01/04/2007 : 07:20
I love to grow basil as it goes with any tomato dishes and parsley because it goes with just about anything.  I usually have those inside though.


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melteaser
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Posted - 01/04/2007 : 07:39
I love the smell of basil.


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Vee
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Posted - 01/04/2007 : 07:57

Sue I presume you have looked on the web but these sites look ok.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/htbg/module7/the_herb_garden.shtml
http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/Growing%20Herbs.htm




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Sue
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Posted - 01/04/2007 : 09:35

I love Basil too, but it is notoriously difficult to grow outside. It grew well in France last year and I will be planting it again.

Yes I agree with the section idea Stanley, I will be using local stone and natural materials . I have done a lot of research on my design , and will be doing sections on some of the  rectangles. I have several books, and have been online, but what these books and websites don't tell you is where to get all these different plants, or what looks best with what. Most garden centres sell such a narrow range of things. If I grow from seed in France, by the time I get back they will be all overgrown , so I need mature plants that I can plant to give a better chance of survival. I wondered if anyone had tried anything unusual that was successful and easily come by

I have contained the spreading herbs in pots sunk in the ground




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Callunna
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Posted - 03/04/2007 : 11:12
I'd love a herb garden, as well as a veg plot, but each year my good intentions fall by the wayside owing to workloads etc. Our potatoes last year were a pathetic failure and the malteaser-size strawberry (just the one...) hardly made a dessert, even when chopped into two with a small dollop of yoghurt on top.

So this year I've thoroughly dug over all the soil and we've bunged in several varieties of buddleia and other shrubs. And the front lawn is going to be radically reduced in size to reduce mowing time.

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Flutterby
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Posted - 03/04/2007 : 12:04

My niece layed a lovely old wagon wheel down and planted  herb plants andseedlings in  between that , it looked very nice!

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marilyn
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Posted - 04/04/2007 : 12:30

Are you able to grow Chillies in your climate?

i find they look great and come in all sorts of colours. I have a beautiful big  blue pot near my front door filled with red chillies. (some folk even eat them!) I just think they look good.




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Posted - 04/04/2007 : 12:33
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belle
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Posted - 04/04/2007 : 13:28
I have never been able to grow basil outside, but there are some varities that claim they are hardy enough for this. There are garlic types that come up like spring onions and you use the leaves, they are quite good, and things like feverfew and curry plant are hardy but I don't think you woud want eat them. what about dill? mustard? horseradish. i know nothing about how to grow them (have done mustard and cress on blotting paper at primary school!) but they are herbs of a kind. Would you consider rocket or watercress or do they fit into another catagory?


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Stanley
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Posted - 04/04/2007 : 17:57
I've grown chillies Maz but in the greenhouse, peppers as well.


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