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Herbs has an h on it, you know.. - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 19th, 2013

09:28 am - Herbs has an h on it, you know..

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So I have made my list of herbs and this weekend I will trot off to the garden centre and see what I can find. For those who are interested, here it is:

Chives, parsley, comfrey, thyme, mint, oregano, lemon verbena, sage. There is an existing rosemary like every garden in Wellington. I will add lavender, savory, tarragon and lovage. I'd also like a bay tree and perhaps some chamomile of the low growing variety. I like the idea of chamomile grass but having seen what happened in Mum's herb garden, I like the idea of weeding it less.

Also, catnip. Although I'm in two minds about attracting cats to our garden. On the plus side - KITTIES! On the downside - kitty poo, and scratched-up seedlings. Maybe if I planted it away from everything else?

This is all happening on Saturday morning. On Sunday, I will be digging. And then composting. And then digging some more. And then planting. And then I will have a herb garden! And it will be pretty, and will look like this, and be pretty. Yes.



And then I will dig some more, because the vegie garden needs to be ready in a week. At least, part of it does, the part where the pumpkins and squash go. And I need to learn how to grow chillies. And then there's the bit where while I was mowing the lawn last night I found a set of steps leading to an overgrown path that runs around the hill below the house, that you can tell used to be part of the garden but has gone wild and rampant. I love taming wild gardens..

It's all excitement in my neck of the woods right now, I tell you.

PS I really like having my scar touched. Is that weird?

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From:decemberthirty
Date:September 18th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
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You love taming wild gardens; I would love to read about taming a wild garden. So please keep posting about your garden adventures! Your choice of herbs sounds lovely. I like the idea of having fresh bay leaves available, but I've never grown it--I may have to give it a try. As for the catnip, in my experience it tends to spread, so you may begin by planting it away from everything else, but eventually it will be everywhere!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 18th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm told you should plant mints in the ground, but with a bottomless bucket around them so they can't send out runners. I assume if I did this with catnip, it'd contain it at least a little.

Of course, I live in Teh Burbs, and in NZ it's common for cats to be outdoors. So my 'nip may not actually get a chance to grow big.

When I get a chance I will hack my way into the jungle and take some pics. ;-)
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From:rivet
Date:September 18th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
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I love seeing all these manifestations of Tatjna-joy <3
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
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Heh, it's not really surprising that academia isn't really floating my boat right now, eh? Far too many other fun/shiny/joy-making things to explore!
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From:pombagira
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
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ohh herbs *ponders this especially sage and lavender and rosemary*

also its not weird that you like having your scar touched.. the nerves around it are probably more sensitive now...

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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
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Why the pondering of those particular herbs?
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From:pombagira
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
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cause i can make smudge sticks from those.. so pondering how to do so.. *grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
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My attempts to grow white sage have so far been unsuccessful. Having said that I haven't had a garden like this one before, which has some very white sage friendly looking spots.

Another lj friend recommended growing several types of sage, because they are cool.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
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yeah i tried to grow white sage once in a pot.. and it pretty much rotted.. to damn and not enough sunshine.. i think you have that pot now.. its blue with a... *thinks*.. plant in it.. *coughs*.. anyways.. i was thinking more of growing cullinary sage cause noms... and the smells is pretty..

yay
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From:bekitty
Date:September 19th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
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Catnip works really well in indoor containers, as long as you water it regularly. I remember the one time I tried to grow it outside (back when I lived in Kelburn) I looked out my kitchen window and there was a cat I'd never seen before sitting where the plant used to be. He'd gnawed it down to the root, any was complaining loudly because there wasn't any left, and this was apparently Unacceptable. I chased the cat away, repotted the sad-looking nub of rootling that was left, and brought it inside where it flourished.

Also, I reckon you should plant marigolds. Not only are they colourful, they're a really good companion plant and they attract good bugs. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
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Don't even get me started on the annual flowers I want to grow. ;-)

I've been deliberately avoiding thinking too much about that, because I want to focus on vegies and herbs for the time being. But yes, a marigold border around the vegies is in the plan.
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From:nessainwe
Date:September 19th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
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lol your title to this entry made me laugh, because Daniel is constantly getting up at some of the American friends we have who won't pronounce herbs with an h, and it drives him nuts!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Hehe yeah, it's weird. And it's not even dropping the h like some British accents do, it's a deliberate glottal stop removal. I don't understand it.
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From:friggasmuse
Date:September 19th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Nice! Herb gardens!
Planting yew will keep the cats away ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Heh, maybe I should surround my catnip with yew, and so only the most determined kitties will get in! ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 22nd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
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Oooh, a secret garden! You know that is going to need a rose....
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