The herb garden

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Ok, I have to be super honest with you, everything I planted in the herb garden last spring died over the long hot summer, except the basil and the mint. The coriander died about a month in when we hit the first day over 38C but the parsley kicked on until Christmas. The mint hung in there just barely, every time I thought it was gone, a cool change came and it returned to a luscious green colour.  And the spring onion? Well, that never really took off.  Basil, however, seems to thrive in the heat and is still going strong. A few flowers have come out on it and I should have cut them off but a bee was busily enjoying the flowers and I didn't have the heart. I have since cut them off so the basil won't go to seed.

As for late summer/autumn planting? I'm trying the parsley (curly and flat leaf) and spring onion again. There wasn't any coriander at our garden shop so I'm going to assume that it is the wrong time of year for it. The local garden shop is great like that, only stocks herbs and veggies that it is the right time to plant. 

You may remember my resolution about being a little greener and using coffee grinds in the garden? Well, the coffee grind fertiliser seems to be working ok. I mix the coffee grinds with water and pour them onto the soil. When I water the garden each evening I check that there aren't any big clumps of coffee and if there are I break them down. That way water can still seep through the soil. The basil seems to be thriving on it.

How's your garden going? What are you planting at the moment? I'd love to hear any tips you have on gardening and what to plant for the coming winter.
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