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The best perennial herb

I don’t use much herbs in my cooking, but I have certainly attempted at growing a lot of herbs…

From my experience, what the gardening books tell you are easy to grow are not always the case, it really depends on personal situation, and micro-climate of the patch where the herbs are grown. 

I had common mint and chocolate mint overtaken a veggie bed just like what everyone tells you, but that was a particular wet couple of months in summer.  After cleaning out the bed thinking they’ll grow back, instead they disappeared in the cool dry season. They failed to establish at all in my new garden with less sun light, and hardly any watering.

I could go on and on with my experiences on all the different herbs, but that is not the purpose of my post!  The purpose of my post is to say that garlic chive is the best herb to grow if you want something that last for years, minimal maintenance, drought tolerant, and doesn’t ‘run’, this is the herb for you!  Even if there’s a dry spell and you ‘forget’ to water it, just cut it down to almost ground level, and they’ll bounce back as soon as it rains!  (see photo below, after recent rain storm we had in Brisbane, all lush and green and ready for harvest in a week) Of course it’s just my humble opinion ~

They can be pretty versatile in cooking too, nice in omelettes, in dumplings, spring rolls, and can replace garlic if you’re out of garlic any time. 

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Growing from cuttings

Many plants can be propagated from cuttings and often much easier than from seeds ~
I’m not very good at it though, because I tend  not to be able to keep them moist consistently, and consequently, they dry out before they shoot out any roots.  However, I’ve still had success with propagating Mulberry, Rosemary, mint, basil, Cassava, mother-of-herbs (Plectranthus aromaticus syn. Coleus aromaticus), and sugarcane by cuttings.  They must have been really easy to root ~ all I did was cut either the tip of growth or section of a twig/branch, remove the leaves down the bottom 1/2 to 2/3, and stick them in the soil.

I’ve received cuttings from other people that are less common, or that I would never would have have thought of propagating from cuttings though.  Eggplants, Tamarillo, Pepino, even a mango just to mention a few …

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Tomarillo

Cutting grown Mango

Cutting grown Mango

The eggplant grown from cutting have just produced its first fruit now 🙂

Cutting grown Eggplant

Cutting grown Eggplant

Hail damage

Hail damageThese are not damages by chewing insects, these are hail damages from the storm last Thursday!  I actually had that day off for a doctor’s appointment, and have visited my parents that morning and saw the same plants with perfect and shiny leaves, but this is what they looked like when I went back for an inspection on Sunday ^^

From left to right, they’re Mulberry, Garlic Chives, and Warrigal greens (AKA New Zealand Spinach).