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Friday, December 7, 2012

Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Herb Gardening

1. Rosemary

Today I have a Lucky Draw Contest which is a FREE eBook giveaway to one of my lucky worldwide readers. Please go to the bottom of the post to find out more about this Christmas present.
Update: The winner has been selected, please go to my next post to find out more.

The pictures will guide you through some of the herbs I can grow in Malaysia, such as Rosemary, Lavender, Mint, Sweet Basil, Sage, Stevia, Common Rue, Tarragon, Dill, Parsley, Oregano and Thyme.


Tips On How To Care For Your Organic Home Herb Garden 

There are many benefits to cultivating an organic home herb garden. Going organic means you avoid using chemicals that can harm you, your plant, and the environment. Using organic products also help keep your plants healthier and improve the quality of your soil over time. Avoiding chemicals is specially important if you intend to use your herbs for cooking. 




2. Lavender

Going organic need not be complicated or expensive. There are many alternatives that are available to an organic gardener like you. There are store-bought products that you can use, or you can choose to create your own organic products if you wish.

3. Mint

 Here are some tips to help you create and care for an organic home herb garden:

4. Sweet Basil

1. Using organic fertilizers

Whenever you engage in planting, you will need fertilizers to help make sure your herbs find all the nutrients they need in the soil you put them in. Choose to use organic fertilizers over chemical fertilizers. Not only will you help your herbs get the nutrients they need, but you also make sure that your soil becomes richer and more fertile over time. Chemical fertilizers have a tendency to enrich the soil now, but strip it of nutrients over the long run. So choosing organic is your best bet. 

5. Sage

2. Creating your own compost pit. 

If you have the time, creating your own compost pit is something you may want to look into. It’s cheaper than buying organic fertilizers from the store and at the same time you get to recycle some of your kitchen and garden scraps. You don’t need a lot of space to be able to make compost. There are a lot of compost bins that you can buy from stores and they don’t take up a lot of space. 

For more information on how to set up your own compost pit, you can check out Jeannie Woods’ “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening”. It offers a great guide for anyone who’s new to organic herb gardening. You can learn more about the book : Click Here!  

7. Stevia

3. Using natural methods as a deterrent against pests and illneses. Herbs that are healthy, receive sufficient sunlight and nutrients from the soil naturally repel herb illnesses. They’re able to resist and fight diseases compared to plants that are undernourished. Clearly, taking good care of your herbs is the most important thing you can do to keep them safe and thriving.


7. Common Rue

4. Another way to strengthen your herbs’ immunity naturally is to plant them next to other herbs or other plants that can help keep pests and diseases away. For example, plating a neem tree next to your garden is a good idea to keep bugs away. Another example is planting horseradish, which is a type of herb, around the perimeter of your garden.

8. Tarragon

5. Creating natural pesticides. Preparing homemade, natural pesticides is a great way to keep pests away. These solutions are harmful to pests but are gentle and safe for your herbs. Again, since these are organic, it is safe to use even on herbs that will end up in your food. One example of an organic pesticide is made from steeping horseradish roots. Spraying your plants with this solution can keep pests away from your garden.


9. Dill

If you are serious about cultivating an organic herb garden, be sure to check out Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening” by Jeannie Woods. It’s a book packed with all the information you need to be able to successful start and keep a thriving organic herb garden. You can read more about it : Click Here! 

10. Parsley
Note:
The above texts are copyright of Jeannie Woods, my sponsor and writer of Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening”. As an affiliate, I earn a commission for every successful sale generated via this link.

The pictures are mine and all the herb plants shown here are can be grown in Malaysia.

11. Oregano
Now, the LUCKY DRAW CONTEST -
The prize is an FREE eBook, "Healthy Happy Herbs : A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Herb Gardening" worth USD 29.00 (RM 88)

Terms and conditions:

1. Answer the following question (write the answer in a comment below this post):

Question : Who is the author of the eBook, "Healthy Happy Herbs : A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Herb Gardening"?

2. "FOLLOW" this blog via Google Friend Connect or "LIKE" My Nice Garden Facebook Page. Do share the contest on Facebook.

3. The closing date of the contest is at 24:00 or midnight, Malaysia time (see weather clock on  my sidebar) on 20 December 2012. Any entries received after this time will not be included. Contestants must be aged 18 years and above. Each person is entitled to one count.

4. By entering this competition you agree and consent to your name being published. By taking part in the competition, contestants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them.

5. The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries and will be announced here on My Nice Garden blog by 25 Dec 2012. Please ensure that we can contact you via email if you do win, as we will need to arrange for your prize to be emailed to you.

12. Thyme


hope you like the GIFT!
May you have a wonderful Christmas 2012
and GOOD LUCK!
from Autumn Belle

81 comments:

  1. This sounds like a nice contest. The author's name is Jeannie Woods. This book sounds like a very good read.

    Cheers
    Jeff

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    1. Jeff, you are in the contest! I'm sure the book will be very helpful.

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  2. The author is Jeannie Woods.

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  3. The author of the eBook, "Healthy Happy Herbs : A Beginner's Guide to Herbs and Herb Gardening is Jeannie Woods.

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  4. Are these all your plants? I love rosemary but just smell it and not use in cooking. Because our area is not fully sunny from sunrise to sunset, its growth is not so healthy but i love it still. Have you see rosemary blooming in Malaysia, i haven't. We are not fond of using herbs in cooking like Malaysians, Thais and other Asian countries, but we have some in our garden too. In my 5th Floor window i have sweet basil and lemon basil, they are just there which I smell once-in-a while.

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    1. Oregano, Common Rue, Tarragon, Parsley and Dill are photographed at Delima Tani, a nursery at Lot 49 & 50 Selangor Green Lane, Sg Buloh. The rest like mint, lavender, rosemary, sage, stevia, sweet basil and thyme are from my home garden. I am growing herbs among my ornamentals. I also have many native plant herbs. I like their fragrance and I can imagine how scented your window garden will be.

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    2. Hi there,

      Do you have any tips for growing lavender in SG/M'sian weather?

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    3. Mabel, in Malaysia, growing lavender is quite similar to growing of rosemary. Do not overwater and grow in full sun. Make sure the soil surface is dry (by using your hand to touch) before you water the plant again.

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  5. Jeannie Woods!
    Your herbs all look so lovely and strong n full of life!! I haven't the luck with some of them :(

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    1. alphabetE, thanks for the visit and comments. You are in the contest!

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  6. Oh my, I love the idea of planting herbs. I'll give this a try ^.^

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    1. This is for the contest ^.^
      1. Jeannie Woods
      2. I have followed on Google Connect and FB, and shared.

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    2. Sharon, you are in the contest!

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  7. Ciekawe informacje i postaram się je zapamiętać. Zioła mam w skrzynkach na balkonie. Pozdrawiam.
    Interesting information and I'll try to remember them. Herbs have in boxes on the balcony. Yours.

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    1. Giga, I like your idea of planting herbs on the balcony. The marvelous scents will permeate into the indoors.

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  8. I love fresh herbs. Especially basil. Unfortunately it's hard to grow any herbs for me right now. We've got so much snow! Have a great Saturday!

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    1. Satu, sweet basil grows like a weed in my country. It can easily self-seed and the plant grows like a perennial here.

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  9. You have big collection of herbs in your garden!Amazing!

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  10. Jeannie Woods..the author.
    Done the contest's sharing via fb

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    1. Suka suka, you are in the contest! Thank you very much for participating!

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  11. Jeannie Woods is the author. Love your blog!

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    1. Ishak, thank you very much for your support! Yes you are in the contest!

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  12. The author is Jeanie Woods.

    Your Garden is really NICE. I love your blog.. especially those sunflowers.

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    1. Woofie, thanks for the compliments! Yes, you are in the contest!

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  13. It's Jeannie Woods, Ms Belle :)
    Will post in FB shortly..
    TQ.

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  14. The author is Jeanie Woods.I will post face book soon. I like the idea of this and want to have ago at herb garden. I live in JB and have tried without success. Maybe if lucky to win book I can see where I went wrong.
    Thank for the competition and merry Christmas to you and all your readers.
    John.

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    1. Hi John, so glad to have you here. You shall be entered in the lucky draw contest!

      You are also welcome to join our gardening groups in facebook, where you can exchange notes about herb gardening in Malaysia. Besides these 'Western' herbs I posted here, we also grow native plant herbs such as Cat Whiskers (misai kucing), God's Crown (mahkota dewa), Bile of the Earth (hempedu bumi), Sabah Snake Grass, Carry the Child (dukung anak), Ali's Cane (tongkat ali), Fatimah's Nut Cracker (kacip Fatimah)! ;-)

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  15. Hi Autumn Belle, Your plants are all looking fantastic! My herb plants all died! Except the basil and even that is not growing well these few months! I am on a gardening break temporarily!
    But would love to have the book! Author of the book is Jeannie Woods!
    Keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for the organizing this giveaway!

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    1. Kitchen Flavours, yes you are in the contest!
      The wet weather is certainly not helping us with herbs planting.

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    2. Hi.. the author is Jeannie Woods.
      i love seeing those herbs. i'm still in process of buildg up my herbs space :)

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    3. Dya, yes, you are in the contest!

      Good luck with your herb garden. You can also visit me in Facebook if you need any help in starting/maintaining your herb garden.

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  16. Hi Autumn Belle, the author is Jeannie Woods. Hope i'm the lucky winner yey! :D

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    1. Mekyam, Welcome to my nice garden! Yes, you are in the contest!

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  17. Mmmm, this post made me feel hungry even though I just had a very ample meal. I used to have an herb garden when I had a sunny garden. I miss that!

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    1. Plant Postings, I love your saying, "Winter's rest is Spring's Promise"!

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  18. It is really useful to me and my mum. The natural pesticides are amazing! I tried it out and it really works! I would like to know more about how to water the plants correctly as my parents have different views of it. Thanks and i hope to hear from you soon! :)

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    1. Ching Mei, always water directly on the soil. Do not wet the leaves. You can poke a finger about an inch into the soil to check that the soil is dry before you water. Some herbs like the Rosemary and Lavender prefer dry conditions, hence over-watering may kill it.

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  19. The information and steps that you've provided is very useful, particularly to those who are very new in herb gardening such as myself. With the beautiful pictures of the herbs, it has created a spark of interest in starting my own organic herb garden. I never knew that we are able to plant lots of herbs such as attached in your post in our country. Indeed, I’m quite fond of your blog. Thanks!

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    1. Alyssa, thanks! I'm glad you are starting an organic herb garden at home now. Yes, indeed we can plant all these herbs we have as those pictured above. Besides, we can also plant our local culinary hebs like daun kesum, lemon grass, pandan and the curry leaf tree. Happy gardening!

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  20. I am so envy looking at all the beautiful herbs. I bought baba's herb pot, and few weeks later they died. :( Any advise for beginners like me?

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    1. Soo Sean, there could be various reasons why your plant died:
      - plant selection technique - a not so healthy plant or very matured/old/dying plant will die fast
      - knowledge on the particular plant's requirements
      - shock treatment - newly purchased plants should be placed under a bright shade, not in direct sunlight and slowly introduced out in the open, otherwise they die due to drastic changes in the micro-climate environment as our home is different as compared to that in the original nursery.

      Some herbs grows very well in Malaysia - like mint, daun kesum, pandan, lemon grass, pegaga, cat whiskers. "Western" herbs like Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Dill need a little more care. Beginners need to read up on the individual herb growing requirements (soil, water, light, propagation, fertilizer). Different plants have different requirements.

      Herbs are usually short lived plants, so you gotta learn how to propagate them before the plant dies a natural death.

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  21. I so adore you and how you've kept your plants healthy. I live in an apartment, and do not have the luxury or having a garden and full sunny areas, but that is not stopping me. I started our mini-garden with some easy plants, such as herbs - basil, chives, oregano, cilantro, chili. and some plants that i don't know the name, but are thriving really well in pots. Would you care to share some tips to help my oregano plant grow bigger leaves? I planted it in a planter with some chives, but the oregano leaves are so small that i don'd dare harvest from it yet, unlike my basil that is very healthy.
    Cheers to your wonderful blog.

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    1. Hi Samantha, thanks for the visit, feedback and compliments. I'm sorry I don't have much experience growing the oregano. You can join our facebook gardening group to post this question and hopefully other members will be able to help you. The link is as follows:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/mynicegardenchat/

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  22. I love coriander. Can we grow in malaysia? Any tips to share?

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    1. Yes, we can grow coriander (aka cilantro) in Malaysia. The seeds packets are available at garden centres, hypermarket, hardware shop and some nurseries sell the whole plant. You can try to grow from a clump (with roots attached) purchased from the supermarket, i.e. after you cut off the top stems and leaves for culinary use. You can learn by google search or you-tube.

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  23. Where can I buy lavendar plant in KL? I would like to plant them.
    Thanks.

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    1. May, you can try Delima Tani at Lot 49 and 50 Selangor Green Lane, Sg Buloh. The link is here:
      http://mygardendirectory.blogspot.com/p/selangor-green-lane.html

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  24. Hi, I grew my basils (lemon and sweet) from seed successfully until I transplant them in a bigger pot which I noticed has begun to look unhealthy and not growing. How do I keep them healthy and striving? does the condition of the soil plays an important role? what type of soil do you recommend? I'm from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Thanks!

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    1. When transplanting, try not to disturb the roots as much as possible. Plant under the full sun and water regularly.

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  25. Hi, Where can I get the oregano seed?
    I stay in Subang Jaya. Thanks.

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    1. Jen kee, You can buy oregano plants from Sg Buloh:
      http://mygardendirectory.blogspot.com/2012/03/delima-tani-lot-49-and-50-selangor.html

      Perhaps you can call the vendor in the link above and ask if they have oregano seeds for sale.

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  26. where did you buy all those seeds???

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    1. Xin Rui, you can buy common herb seeds like basil and coriander from garden stores, hypermarket garden centre, and even DIY or hardware shops. The potted herb plants can also be purchased from Sg Buloh:

      http://mygardendirectory.blogspot.com/2012/03/delima-tani-lot-49-and-50-selangor.html

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  27. I heard many people and even books talking about neem tree. Where can i get it? My herb always attacked by bugs.

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    1. Julia, you can try asking the nurseries near your place.

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    2. Hi Autumn,

      May I ask where you purchased Sage seeds? Sage is so hard to come by in Malaysia. Also do you plant aloe vera? And if so, where did you purchase or get the seeds from?

      Thank you!

      And I'm really enjoying your blog by the way. Lovely to see organic gardening flourishing in Malaysia.

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    3. SePhORA, thanks for reading my blog! It is indeed difficult to get sage seeds in Malaysia but we can buy live organically grown plants from Delima Tani at Lot 49 and 20 Sg Buloh.

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  28. hi Belle,is your lavender blooming? Can lavender survive under malaysia hot sun? or you grow it under hot sun about 1 to 2 hours a day?

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    1. Tang, yes! my lavender plant was going to bloom when I bought it and it did rebloom. As an annual, it can survived for a few months. Mine had just died. I grow it under my porch which is bright and with sunlight in the morning.

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  29. Hi , where can I buy sunflower seeds for planting at home ? I am located in JB . Please help to assist me :)

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    1. You can buy sunflower seeds at garden centres, Giant, Tesco, Aeon, and most nurseries, even some hardware shops. They sell them in seed packets.

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  30. Hi, may i know where to get pot Oregano?

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    1. You can get at Delima Tani Lot 49 & 50 (http://mygardendirectory.blogspot.com/p/selangor-green-lane.html). It is also sold in mini pots at the vegetables corner at Jaya Grocer or AEON supermarket.

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  31. hi where can I get lavender in malaysia.can u help me .I'm based in east malaysia

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    1. Gunalan, I'm sorry I do not know of lavender plants supplier in East Malaysia.

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  32. Hi,
    where can I get lavender in Klang valley?

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    1. You can get lavender from Sg Buloh nurseries such as Delima Tani at Lots 49 & 50 Selangor Green Lane

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  33. Hi, just stumbled on ur post. Love it. I live in JB. Where can I get lavender in JB? Tks.

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  34. Hi there,
    i'm from JB and is wondering where can i get to buy dill plants and other herbs plants for me to grow for my own use for cooking?
    i dun mind travelling to KL to buy the plant

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    1. You can get them at Sg Buloh, example Lot 49 & 50 Delima Tani in Selangor Green Lane, Sg Buloh

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  35. Belle can I hv the phone number of Delima Tani. Tq.

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  36. hi i am new to planting world but nowdays i am really interested in planting vegetables pls guide me my first choice is green lettuce

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    1. Just jump in and learn from your own experience! You can buy vegetable seeds from garden centres, nurseries and even some hardware/DIY shops. Follow the instructions in the packet labels. Good Luck!

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  37. Hi
    I am from Jb
    Do u sell any of yr herbs/plants?
    Some of my Spore friends are coming over to source for herbs so I was wondering whether you are willing to sell some of yours (that is if you have extra to sell) or if you don;t sell, whether you can direct us to a JB nursery that might carry herbs/org fertiliser etc
    Many thanks

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    1. Hi Olivia, I'm so sorry that I don't sell plants and also don't have the details about a good JB nursery. Hope another person can help you out on this.

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