Herbs & Spices

We love growing herbs and spices in the garden. Not just to use in the kitchen, but also for the simple pleasure of brushing past them or picking a leaf or two as we walk by. The fresh smell of mint, parsley or basil in the air and on the hands is delightful.


Thai basil

The Garden Share Collective’s theme this month is herbs. Thanks Kyrstie (A Fresh Legacy) and Kate (Rosehips & Rhubarb) for hosting the GSC. A carefully tended little herb garden just outside the kitchen window would be wonderful, but nup, our herbs and spices are all over the place. Some in pots, some in veggie beds and others just shoved in the ground ‘miles’ from the house. Oh well, it’s nice to come across different aromas where you least expect them!


A messy mix of oregano, nasturtium and mint in the old cement trough

In the garden we have the usual Mediterranean Herbs: oregano, sage, rosemary, nasturtium, thyme, tarragon. Actually, it demonstrates how hot and dry we are at the moment as it’s usually too wet and humid for sage to grow in the sub-tropics this time of year.

Vegetable Culture Herbs such as chillies, chives, basil and parsley are also scattered here and there.

Summer Moisture Herbs such as baytree, mint, kaffir lime and lemon grass can be found.

Being in the sub-tropics we also have the advantage of growing some spices from the ginger family:  turmeric, galangal, ginger and cardamom…which all look similar!

Let’s not forget some other plants also classified as herbs. Lemon myrtle the wonderful bush-tucker plant and aloe vera, not for the kitchen but great on burns and scratches.

What’s Growing Now

Not much! It’s been a cruel summer – high temperatures, hot winds and no rain (it’s supposed to be our wet season!) which all means the garden is suffering. The quality and quantity of produce has dropped considerably. However, we do have struggling along:

  • Tomatoes (cherry)
  • Celery
  • Passionfruit
  • Dragon fruit – hopefully…waiting for that special evening when the flowers open just for one night!!)
  • Watermelon – only a few.


  • ‘The Three Sisters’ planted together – Corn, beans & butternut squash (along with an impressive plague of pumpkin beetles…protein??)
  • The last of the cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Chillies
  • The last of the rockmelon
  • Barbados cherries – rather sour, anyone cooked with them before??
  • Limes
  • And of course herbs!


Things To Do

  • Water
  • And water some more!

The beehive ginger isn’t edible but it is rather gorgeous!



2 thoughts on “Herbs & Spices

  1. Beautiful pictures of your wonderful array of herbs. Despite the heat it looks like your garden is wonderfully lush. I love the turmeric, galangal, ginger and cardamom. Have a great month in the garden. Are you planting anything new this month or do you wait a little longer for the heat to subside?

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  2. Thank you Kyrstie. I’m not planting anything now. With the unseasonal intense heat, lack of rain and limited water supply, it’s a waiting game for the time being. Just hanging out for that rain….then I’ll probably complain about the humidity!


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