Welcome to my website. Its about growing fresh herbs amongst my vegetables and fruit trees and their use in the kitchen. The presence of these herbs benefits the other edible plants by attracting pollinators and helping to repel pests. They add beauty and pleasant aromas to my garden with their attractive foliage and flowers...............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 4th October 2016.
I grow Coriander as a culinary herb and as an attractant for predatory and pollinating insects, close to my veggie patch where it does most good.
Coriander provides many health benefitsand all parts of the plant are edible.
has a distinctive zesty, aromatic flavour, similar to a blend of lemon
and sage. It can be used fresh or dried and crushed into a course
powder for sprinkling on your meals.
Coriander leaves are best added at the end of cooking or as a garnish on
dish as heat can reduce its potency.
It is largely pest free, and is at home in Melbourne's hot dry summers (although it bolts to seed in hot weather).
Variety: Coriandrum sativum.
Garden bed type: Drip line irrigated bed.
Recommended soil pH: 6.5 -7.5.
Minimum Sun per Day: 3 hours.
Plant Spacings (centres): 300mm.
Companions: Cabbage, Carrot, Chervil, Dill.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geographic Hemisphere: Southern.
This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol.
It is also a
good source of Thiamin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary
Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K,
Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron,
Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
I grow my herbs in a drip irrigated raised bed, and run copper tape around it 100mm off the ground.
Copper tape is a
very effective barrier as the slugs and snails get a small electric
shock when they come into contact with it, and they retreat to
less hostile surroundings.
I get one or two juvenile snails in my raised beds. I believe they get
into the bed as eggs though the compost heap. When this happens, I use
a few iron chelate snail baits to round them up. These bates are
approved for use in organic gardens, but I only use the bare minimum to
do the job.