Club Gardening - Herbs

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Club Gardening - Herbs

Post by schweppes » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:46 am

Original Title: Growing Your Own Herb Garden

How about starting a herb garden with your child? Thought it would be nice to share with the parents here and give you some ideas on how to cultivate your child's interest in plants and nature.

If u leave in a flat or apartment, then all u need is a small area to grow your herb garden. U can even use the corridor. Find a sunny spot for your garden with good/strong sunlight streaming in for at least 1/2 a day. Of course, if you live in a house with wide open spaces, then all the more better for the plants to thrive and grow.

Currently, my mini and humble herb garden consists of basil, rosemary, borage, sunflower and corn. I have been using the basil leaves and rosemary in my cooking. Intend to grow other herbs and plants soon.

You can buy ready potted basil, rosemary and borage at any nursery. As for the sunflower and corn, we buy the seeds from Cold Storage - or u can also get them at the nursery - and just grow them in pots.

When at the nursery, ask the staff to help u get the relevant pots and fertilisers. When growing sunflower and corn, must exercise patience. I think it took abt 2-3 months before we see the flower blooming and the corn budding.

In fact, my dd2 has taken great interest and fascination in nature and plants and she waters them diligently. dh helps and teaches her about plant care and what to do. It was nice watching daddy and daughter enjoy doing an activity together. Am proud to announce that the sunflower and corn are grown by her. When my basil and borage were growing "wildly", she even repots them for me into other smaller pots, on her own. :love:

Here are some pics...

baby basil

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mommy basil

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borage plant

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rosemary plant

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teeny tiny baby corn
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budding sunflower
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... and TA DA... our pride and joy, sunflower in full glory

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My girls are very excited that the sunflower is blooming in time for VDay. Said that it's their and daddy's VDay present for mommy.... awww.... :love:

Hope this will inspire some of u to start a mini herb garden with your kids too :celebrate:

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Post by Happy Mama » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:22 am

Thanks for sharing, Schweppes. You have just inspired me to start a Herb garden. :love:

Will take your suggestions and get the herbs from the nursery. At the moment, I only have a lime tree which has grown quite tall over the years... and I have just started growing Pandan leaves last week, after seeing the Bread thread about Peter making Pandan bread with the leaves. :wink: :wink:

I think I'm also gonna try growing the sunflower again. Actually if I remember correctly, I tried growing it many years ago, but maybe we forgot to water and fertilise it, it didn't manage to grow at all.

Any tips for sunflowers? Thanks.

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Post by schweppes » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:32 am

Happy Mama wrote:Thanks for sharing, Schweppes. You have just inspired me to start a Herb garden. :love:

Will take your suggestions and get the herbs from the nursery. At the moment, I only have a lime tree which has grown quite tall over the years... and I have just started growing Pandan leaves last week, after seeing the Bread thread about Peter making Pandan bread with the leaves. :wink: :wink:

I think I'm also gonna try growing the sunflower again. Actually if I remember correctly, I tried growing it many years ago, but maybe we forgot to water and fertilise it, it didn't manage to grow at all.

Any tips for sunflowers? Thanks.

:celebrate: :celebrate:
Yah...i want to try growing pandan leaves too. For the kaya and can also use it for the red beans in thermal pot.

As for growing sunflowers, we just bought the seeds from CS, got some fertilisers and plant the seeds in the pot. But must be patient as we waited abt 2-3 months for it to grow. Interestingly, as the flower blooms, it was facing east - in the direction of the rising sun :wink:

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Post by Happy Mama » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:41 am

schweppes wrote:
Happy Mama wrote:Thanks for sharing, Schweppes. You have just inspired me to start a Herb garden. :love:

Will take your suggestions and get the herbs from the nursery. At the moment, I only have a lime tree which has grown quite tall over the years... and I have just started growing Pandan leaves last week, after seeing the Bread thread about Peter making Pandan bread with the leaves. :wink: :wink:

I think I'm also gonna try growing the sunflower again. Actually if I remember correctly, I tried growing it many years ago, but maybe we forgot to water and fertilise it, it didn't manage to grow at all.

Any tips for sunflowers? Thanks.

:celebrate: :celebrate:
Yah...i want to try growing pandan leaves too. For the kaya and can also use it for the red beans in thermal pot.

As for growing sunflowers, we just bought the seeds from CS, got some fertilisers and plant the seeds in the pot. But must be patient as we waited abt 2-3 months for it to grow. Interestingly, as the flower blooms, it was facing east - in the direction of the rising sun :wink:
Thanks for the tips, Schweppes. I have succumbed to the temptation and am going to CS now, to get the sunflower seeds. :boogie:

:celebrate: :celebrate: to our herb garden!

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Re: Growing Your Own Herb Garden

Post by autumnbronze » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:43 am

schweppes wrote:How about starting a herb garden with your child? Thought it would be nice to share with the parents here and give you some ideas on how to cultivate your child's interest in plants and nature.

My girls are very excited that the sunflower is blooming in time for VDay. Said that it's their and daddy's VDay present for mommy.... awww.... :love:

Hope this will inspire some of u to start a mini herb garden with your kids too :celebrate:

:goodpost: Schweppes jie :celebrate: :celebrate:


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Re: Growing Your Own Herb Garden

Post by schweppes » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:51 am

autumnbronze wrote:
schweppes wrote:How about starting a herb garden with your child? Thought it would be nice to share with the parents here and give you some ideas on how to cultivate your child's interest in plants and nature.

My girls are very excited that the sunflower is blooming in time for VDay. Said that it's their and daddy's VDay present for mommy.... awww.... :love:

Hope this will inspire some of u to start a mini herb garden with your kids too :celebrate:

:goodpost: Schweppes jie :celebrate: :celebrate:
:thankyou: Autumnbronze :wink:

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Post by schweppes » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:52 am

Happy Mama wrote: Thanks for the tips, Schweppes. I have succumbed to the temptation and am going to CS now, to get the sunflower seeds. :boogie:

:celebrate: :celebrate: to our herb garden!
hm.... thinking aloud, if we grow rosemary and oregano, we can use them to make foccacia bread with the breadmachine :idea:

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Post by Happy Mama » Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:07 pm

Cold Storage King Albert Park ran out of sunflower seeds! I bought a few types of flower seeds including French Marigold, Sea Lavender, Gazania and Indian Blanket... but NOT SUNFLOWERS!!! :cry: :cry:

Some lurkers must have been here earlier than me and bought all of them! :cry:

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Post by twinklejoy » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:23 pm

Happy Mama wrote:Cold Storage King Albert Park ran out of sunflower seeds! I bought a few types of flower seeds including French Marigold, Sea Lavender, Gazania and Indian Blanket... but NOT SUNFLOWERS!!! :cry: :cry:

Some lurkers must have been here earlier than me and bought all of them! :cry:
:rotflmao: :goodpost:

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Post by Happy Mama » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:24 pm

schweppes wrote:
Happy Mama wrote: Thanks for the tips, Schweppes. I have succumbed to the temptation and am going to CS now, to get the sunflower seeds. :boogie:

:celebrate: :celebrate: to our herb garden!
hm.... thinking aloud, if we grow rosemary and oregano, we can use them to make foccacia bread with the breadmachine :idea:
Yes, how convenient to have these herbs ready on hand anytime we want! :wink: :wink:

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