Growing Herbs

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 7 Aug – Sunday, 13 Aug)

Week in Retrospect (Monday, 7 Aug – Sunday, 13 Aug)

Mud. Mud. Mud. Everywhere! It is the bane of living in Auckland in winter when it rains and rains on the clay soil. I honestly did not enjoy being in the garden this past week… a rare occasion, I promise you. I was slipping and a […]

Week in retrospect (Mon, 31 July 2017 – Sun, 6 Aug 2017)

Week in retrospect (Mon, 31 July 2017 – Sun, 6 Aug 2017)

This past week, according to the moon calendar I use, was time to get planting – the most fertile for sowing and making cuttings of all above-ground crops. I sowed a lot of seeds! No, really… LOTS! We are heading into spring after all and […]

Starting chillies and peppers off early

Starting chillies and peppers off early

I am feeling impatient, and as the winter runs past longest day, I look toward the new season, and titillate at the possibilities. It has just gone a few days past dark moon – planting time, and I can feel it in my blood… But […]

Thoughts on Seed Saving

Thoughts on Seed Saving

My world may seem to be a great big mess at the moment – my herb, flower and vegetable gardens look a bit ramshackle and dishevelled, and my dining room table is strewn with a cacophony of bags, boxes, baskets and buckets. And I can’t […]

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera Aloe vera is an evergreen succulent perennial with narrow fleshy dull green leaves with spiny margins. Its healing gel (plant sap) is used externally for scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises and skin irritations. Internal use is cautioned as it may cause some discomfort. Aloe is also […]

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Mustard family (Brassica spp)

Many herbs and vegetables fall in the mustard family (Brassica spp). Commonly known as cruciferous vegetables, they include numerous species of wild plants, weeds, and cultivated crops that give us fresh foods, medicines, and processed foods such as mustard and oil. The mustard family give us various […]

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

You either love it, or hate it. Coriander, cilantro or dahnia, is an annual herb much used in Indian and Thai cuisine. Apparently the love/hate relationship towards cilantro can be explained by genetics! The plant is prone to bolting in very hot climates, and are […]

Chillies!

Chillies are a personal favourite of mine. With the differences in cultivars among the five domesticated species of Capsicum, there’s shapes, colours, flavours and heat-levels to suit anyone! Great in food, good for you, and easy to grow, chillies make a rewarding herb/spice to keep in […]

Basil (Ocimum spp)

There is such a large variety of basil available! From sweet to spicy cinnamon or lip-smacking lemon flavoured, some are small-leaved and bushy while others make large lettuce-like leaves, there are bright green or deep purple leaves, some with frilly edges and others with straight margins. Used as […]

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Rockets – Salad (Eruca sativa), Wild (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) and Perennial (Eruca sylvestris)

Fresh peppery leaves of rocket (either the cultivated salad rocket, or what is known as wild rocket) are a delightful addition to salads and sandwiches. Salad Rocket Belonging to the mustard family (Brassicaceae), salad rocket, or simply rocket is also known as rucola, rugula, colewort, […]



Please note that due to stock-take and a phenomenal start to the season, the MeadowSweet online shop will not fulfill orders for a few weeks (10 Nov - 20 Nov) . You can still catch me at the Orewa Farmers Market, or you are most welcome to send inquiries on plant availability. Thank you ! Minette - MeadowSweet Herbs Dismiss