Create your own herb garden

This morning I went to a workshop at Annerley Library “Create your own herb garden”. This workshop is part of the What’s on at Brisbane City Council Libraries program.

It was a great opportunity to create our own mixed potted herb garden to take home and enjoy.  The workshop was presented by ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane.

Annette is a great educator and I’ve attended lots of her gardening workshops in libraries around Brisbane. It was attending my first workshop with her that set me on my path towards renting my allotment and growing my own vegetables.

Today was an opportunity to learn more about herbs. Growing your own herbs has got to be one of the best gardening investments you can make. So often I find that a recipe will call for one, or perhaps two, fresh herbs and if you have to buy a bunch from the supermarket or fruitier you can part with $3 each with no problem. You might only want a sprig or two and you are left with the rest sitting in the crisper at the bottom of the refrigerator.  Good enough reason to plant a few of your favourite herbs. If you don’t have a garden – they do well in pots, as was demonstrated at this morning’s workshop.

The first hour was spent indoors as Annette took us through the ins and outs of herb growing answering our questions as she went. We then moved outdoors where morning tea was served – and then onto the practical part when we were able to get ‘down and dirty’ planting up our herb garden.

Everything was set out on tables and under Annette’s instruction we mixed the potting mix, fertiliser and coir peat before planting up our chosen herbs into the troughs provided.

I learned so much. Here are a few pics.

Annette is explaining how to “possum proof” our herbs using a fine net.

Annette McFarlane

Annette McFarlane

This is my trough of herbs. I chose the herbs that enjoy a more mediterranean climate and are happy growing together; oregano, rosemary and garlic chives. We tested the potting mix prior to planting the herbs and found the pH was a bit low.  The white powder you can see is a sprinkling of garden lime to raise the pH.

My trough of herbs

My trough of herbs

And here is the result – a herb garden to take home. All I have to do now is make sure I take that JEAN label off before I go to the shops!

A happy gardener

My herb garden

Thank you Annette. It was great fun and I learned heaps.

Eden Gardens

My friend Barbara and I spent a great morning at Eden Gardens at Carseldine yesterday. For anyone interested in gardening this is a lovely way to spend a few hours.

We began our visit with coffee and scones with piles of jam and cream at the cafe. We were fortunate enough to have a table overlooking this peaceful tree surrounded little lake, so I whipped out the camera.

We had coffee overlooking this peaceful garden

We then made our way through the wonderful gift shop looking for a new pair of gardening shoes for me. I was looking for a pair of Sloggers, the lightweight waterproof footwear.  I have tried various footwear for allotment visits including big ‘wellies’ for soggy weather. Effective but heavy.

So this was the time to splash out and spoil myself with a pair of Sloggers. I had a great time trying them on to find the perfect pair. It was a lovely surprise when Barbara treated me to my pretty little Sloggers for my birthday. Thank you Barbara, it’s a lovely gift and I’ll think about you whenever I’m sloshing through the mud at the farm. We also picked up a young healthy Rosemary plant.

My purchases – pretty gardening shoes and Rosemary plant

We ended our visit with a stroll around the outdoor gardening area with plants for sale and beautiful displays, so out came the camera again.

Lovely flower displays

Pansies

More pansies

I’ll get over to the allotment later today to take my Sloggers on their maiden voyage. Expect more photos.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

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