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Any good guide for to start growing stuff?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi guys do you know a good guide to growing herbs and which are the easiest to grow? at home we have basil, rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, chili any other that are easy to grow?

post #2 of 18

Oregano, lavender, bergamot (beebalm), catmint (catnip), parsley and savoury are the few more that I have that are easy to grow. Also, I grow several different varieties of mint, thyme, lavender, parsley and sage. All super easy to grow. 


OOps.....forgot my lemon balm and garlic onions too ;)

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi thanks fo the info ... today I bought lemon thyme, curry leaves and chives. One question the curry leave I bought look nothing like  the ones on google, it looks sort of like a rosemary a bit whitish is it actually a curry leave?

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

One last question, do you grow edible flowers?

post #5 of 18

I honestly do not know the answer to the curry leaf question. That is a good question though and I am going to do a wee bit on research to see if I can find anything?


I do grow lots of edible flowers. I have daylilies, azaleas, pansies, nasturtiums, clovers, roses, squash blossoms, calendula, carnations, lilac, marigold, hyssop, hollyhock, tulip petals and peony. Yup, you can eat all of these. Some are sweet tasting and some are bitter. Some only the petals are good and others the whole flower is good.


Do you grow edible flowers? What do you have in your garden so far?

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi I am a beginner at this so I am trying to gain as much knowledge as possible. Basically we have a lot of herbs at home but now I started to grow my own patch. We have thyme, mint, sage, basil. chilli and rosemary.


I started with herbs for now so if I manage to keep them alive I will move to some edible flowers that are easy to grow. This morning I both a peperoncino habanero and planted it. But I am a bit worried as now the leaves are a bit wilted compared to this morning(it is around 6pm now) is this behavior normal or is something wrong?

post #7 of 18

Good for you!! It is very addicting when you start to grow your own garden so just a warning....lol


The wilting can be a few things but the most important one comes to mind first.....water! When we first plant a new plant into it's new environment it goes into a bit of a shock. this is okay as long as you remember to water it and water often as the plant is still growing. I water morning and night as well as add a wee bit of bone meal into the soil before adding the plant to the soil as this helps it through the shock and awe. Don't water too much however, the soil should be moist for the most part.....not sopping wet. If you have planted in a full or part sun area then it definitely needs morning and evening water times. 

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Yes I have a huge yard so I put it in a sunny spot... now its night time and I gave it some more water at around 7pm ... I am not sure but it looks much better now. Should I move it to a less sunny spot for the first few days(when I bought it today it was indoors) ?


I noticed that its addictive :P I am preasureing myself not to buy to much stuff until I get the hang of this !! I wasn't going to buy this chilli but it looked amazing and I couldn't resist :D


I bought some voilet basil seeds and oregano and planted them in another pot hoping for some results.

post #9 of 18
We must be neighbors,Keith. This heat wave is really taking a toll on my garden too!
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

So heat is bad for herbs? I am from Malta(Europe) and it gets really hot here !!!

post #11 of 18

You do not need to move it as it will climatize over the next couple of weeks. You need to water it morning and night though. Also, mulching around your plants allows for slower evaporation to happen holding in the moisture longer. The roots are anywhere between 6"-12" into the ground so it takes time all depending on the soil for water to reach the roots. Use a soaker hose that is a slower percolating absorption into the ground however, it helps you to not over water as well. To get to know your soil, use a soil moisture sensor when watering and you will learn the timing on your watering. :) 

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ok, mine is in a pot though not in the ground is that bad? I took soil from the garden though as we have lots of trees so I assumed it is good. So you think I should leave it in the direct sun?

post #13 of 18

Okay....if it is in a pot then no direct sun after around noon....take it out of the sun as the pot will become waaaaayyy too hot for the root of the plant. Morning sun and late afternoon sun, just like us humans, is good for the plants in pots. Still water regularly though. Do not let the soil get too dry. You will know as when you lift the pot up it feels like there is barely anything there.....that is too dry of soil.

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok will do ... But is this for the first week or forever? And the pot is much bigger than the one it was in when i bought it. Sorry for so many questions but I guess everything can make a difference
Edited by Keith Grima - 8/30/15 at 9:48pm
post #15 of 18

I would do it forever however, if and when the weather changes seasons and doesn't get so HOT during the main part of the day then I am sure your plant will do just fine out in the sun all day. Pots just make things heat up in a short period of time and drastically so we always have to keep an eye on our potted plants more-so than the in ground ones. 


You will eventually get a feel for it. The plant will give you hints towards what it needs. There is also Google too as a backup for info gathering.


I am still learning and growing alongside my plants :D

post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi Fable wanted to give you a quick update. So basically nothing has died yet :P MY girlfriend has told me that the chilli is growing new leaves aswell :). Also the seeds I planted of voilet basil and oregano have started to grow(is there a specific word for this) we can see mini plants in the soil. I am not sure how to chives is doing I am still trying to learn how to read it.

post #17 of 18

That is awesome to hear @Keith Grima! Gardening is a wonderful work in progress and fun to see what working with nature brings us. :D

post #18 of 18

Put an 8 foot tall pole in a 5 gallon bucket, add a couple strings from the bucket lip to the top. Plant Kentucky Wonder green beans by each string. Will provide enough green beans for a fresh meal every 4-5 days. I planted a 15 foot row and picked a stuffed gallon ziplock full today. 4 strings should work. They are a climbing bean, I put up a 4 foot fence and they are trying to tip it over from the weight.

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