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  • Hi there, I'm looking for Mother of Herbs. Can buy or swap.

  • Growing any interesting herbs anybody? Medicinal, culinary, cosmetic or household ? 

  • Hi All,  does any one have these please  Tropical Oregano, Cuban Oregano, Variegated Cuban Oregano,  happy to swap anything i may have that you would like  =  Also looking for curry plant and tumeric. seeds are fine too, - hope someone has some ... cheers, helen

  • Hi, does any have any suggestions of where I can source Holy Basil (Tulsi) - either seeds or plants? Thanks

  • I have had a look around the internet and found some info on smoking my own peppers to make smoky paprika. Has anyone tried this at all and if so, how successful was it please?

  • The only thing that seems to stop the bunnies out here is a topical application of lead... then a seasoned crock pot...

  • Backing up Helen on spices. We are growing some good looking turmeric and producing reasonable amounts of good tasting ginger. We've also had good luck at the old place with chillies but we'd be glad to hear from anyone else growing the good stuff.

    Especially we need to know more about harvesting and preparing them. I have no idea how to manage the turmeric which continues to grow all year round without any seasonality like ginger. Suggestions always welcome.

  • Whoa. Bunnies eat WORMWOOD??? Dang. Looks like we'll need to have a battalion of Marigolds out again. And I had hoped to have plenty of Lavendar in the orchard ley as well. They haven't found our few plants so far but maybe its a different strain.

  • H Earl


    We're in Bombay/Mangatawhiri and had some wormwood, but the blasted bunnies nibbled it right down to a nub, and it hasn't come back - same with my line of english lavender!

  • While we are looking, I had a great line of wormwood at our old place but none of the cuttings survived the shift. Anyone got a plant I can take cuttings from near Bombay?

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I planted a dill plant and it is going well although it has gone to seed. The seed head is very attractive. I am not sure how to use it and whether I should have cut off the seed head. Does anyone have a favourite recipe for dill?

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Balm of Gilead

Does anyone grow and use it? It isn't the REAL Balm of Gilead, that's a resin from a tree, but this is a smallish mint like plant with a divine spicy resinous smell. It's growing well, but I don't know how to use it- any ideas?  I make oils and salves etc from all the other herbs I grow, but this one has me stumped- google can't help, only with the genuine Balm...

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Hi, I'm new to Ooooby and am interested in swapping herbs and learning more about how to use them.  I live near Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty and currently have Angelica (shiny leaf and seeds of Giant Purple), Bergamot, Hyssop (one precious seedling that germinated!), Roman Chamomile, Echinacea, St. Johns Wort, Pyrethrum, Rue, Tansy, loads of Shoo Fly, Parsley, Chives, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Mint.  I'd like to get hold of Feverfew, Lovage, Dill, Fennel and Soapwort…

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