21 Mar 2017

March 2017

My blogs have become rather cumbersome over the years, so for convenience I have restored an old unused blog to manage my data.   This blog "Sustainable Organic Gardening" will be used as a portal to simplify the presentation of my story.  Through this portal, you will still be able to access all my blogs and blogpages.   I will deliver a monthly post to this new blog portal, and will continue to post regularly to Facebook, but I will not maintain any of my other blog posts.  I will however keep all my blogpages up to date to the best of my ability.

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.