21 Mar 2017

March 2017

My new monthly blog "Sustainable Organic Gardening" is a gateway to the pages of my (10) older blogs.  The data contained in these pages deals with different aspects of my gardening story.

 

The new blog's pages are summaries of the same topics, but they contain embedded links which go to the original blog pages for more detail.

 

In future, the pages in the older blogs will be updated regularly, but I will not be posting to the blogs themselves.

 

Regular updates will continue to my Facebook and Google+ pages.

 

John Ashworth .....23rd March 2017.

15 Jan 2015

Home Page.

These sweet basil need to be harvested before the leaves become too bitter.  As the plant puts more energy into the flowers and seeds, the leaves lose some of their sugars.
The same applies to the sage plant above.

Plants seem happiest in this random kind of environment.  Here flowers and herbs are growing beneath the canopy of my olive tree.

27 Dec 2014

December 2014.

This drip line irrigated bed grows fruit, herbs and other flowering plants.  As well as the 3 fruit trees in the bed, I grow herbs including lavender, coriander, rosemary, sweet marjoram, sage, parsley and comfrey.

I grow other herbs around the vegetable garden as predatory and pollinating insect attractants.  There are always bees pollinating some flowering plant in this part of the garden, so my flowering vegetables are never short of their services.

20 Apr 2014

April 2014

This is Comfrey.  I harvest its leaves and add them to kitchen scraps when preparing food for the Garden Ecobed wormfarms.  Its grown in drip irrigated beds with unrestricted access to the subsoil, and its deep roots mine the subsoil for valuable minerals.

I am no expert at growing herbs, but I started growing a wider range 3 years ago to increase pollinator activity and provide habitat for insect predators.  They are well established now and I want to start using more of them in the kitchen.

The only herbs we currently use straight from the garden are Rosemary, Sage, Parsley and Basil, and they taste so much better than supermarkets ones.  I plan to use more of my own herbs both fresh and dried.

This blog records how I grow herbs and how I harvest and preserve them.  I use a page to cover each of them (see page Index), and as I gather information and experience, I will regularly update them.