Thursday, 29 November 2007

Bed 10: Herbs

Bed 10:
Herbs

Basil
Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
Family: Lamiaceae
Frost tender annual.
Soil: rich well drained soil.
Spacing: 20 cm apart


My Notes:
Pinch out flowering tops to promote leaf growth.
Liquid feed after harvest to encourage more growth.
Said to repel flies, white fly and aphids
Dry for winter use or make into pesto and freeze.

Good Companion to:
Tomatoes

Bad Companion to:
Rue.

Planted 23 Oct 07 as companion plants to Tomatoes on Bed 10


Parsley Curled
Latin Name: Petroselinum crispum
Family: Apiaceae
Hardy biennial.
Soil: Deep fertile soils.
Spacing: 25 cm apart.


My Notes:
Good in pots.
Grown as an annual and self seeds readily.
Seed often slow to germinate. Soaking seeds speeds up germination or try placing in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks before planting in warmer weather.
Best in shade in hot climates.
Said to repel aphids.

Good Companion to:
Tomatoes
Asparagus
Roses
Chives

Bad Companion to:
Mint.

Planted 23 Oct 07 as companion plants to Tomatoes on Bed 10

Sources:
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little
How Can I Use Herbs in my Daily Life? by Isabell Shipard
'How To' Book of Herbs and Herb Gardening by Ann Bonar

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