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I’m looking for ideas of what to include in a small herb garden for our backyard. It will be something my children help create and it is only a small space (approx. 1m x 2m).
What are the best/most hardy herbs to plant? Also which herbs will not grow big?


Posted by mom125971, 28th April 2015


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  • Mint is really fun for kids becuase it smells so nice. We love japanese menthol mint its handy if you have a blocked nose, just put some in your bath, shower or pillow and it clears it right up. It can also be added to drinks for extra refreahing flavour.
    Mushroom plant is yummy if you like a mild mushroom flavour without the texture or earthyness of actual mushrooms it also works for people with mushroom allergy.
    Chives, parsley, basil, coriander are all good choices, easy to find and easy to look after.


  • It depends on what you use most. I’m growing parsley, basil and rosemary – all very hardy plants.


  • Think about what you use most. There’s no point planting what you won’t use.


  • Parsley,chives,thyme,basil,Rosemary,garlic chives ,garlic is a good start.


  • Some herbs actually send out runners and are best grown it pots e.g. mint.


  • They type of herbs to include are what you use most, parsley grows well and is useful, chives,also quick growers, rosemary can be used fresh as skewers on the barbie , dried and a bush lasts for ages. Mint if you like it but it does require containing. I also like chilli or capsicums as they are all used often. sage is nice. Too.


  • Yay, excited for you all, gardening is the best you are going to have the best time putting it together but the benefits of being able to harvest your own produce is the greatest part of this.
    What you plant really depends on the area that you live in, how much light the area gets and what herbs you use more than others. Some need more water than others so try grouping them by water requirements and like others have mentioned although a great multi use herb mint is highly invasive keep it to a pot within the area.
    You could also maybe get more space out of the small area by staggering the growing heights of your herbs ie. making a vertical planter on one side to suspend the herbs that grow well in pots which also tend to be the ones that don’t need as much water as the others. You can also create more space by building up the area with bricks/tinder blocks and extra soil, leaving small gaps between the bricks gives you and area on the outside to plant herbs like thyme that grow well near rocks while leaving the inside to the garden bed for some seasonal veges. The tinder blocks while making a great garden bed wall also when filled with soil give you extra planting space.
    Hope it all works out well for you, have fun creating it, planting it and harvesting it.


  • We currently have: mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, rocket, baby spinach, sage & marjoram. They are all very easy to grow. The ones I use all the time though are the thyme, rosemary, basil (during summer), and oregano. Mint is nice to infuse with water (I like to add lemon juice and mint to my water). Rocket and spinach aren’t technically herbs, but they don’t need much space and are easy to grow. Have fun and good luck!


  • Rosemary is great once it gets started – ours is now taller than my husband! Oregano is quite hardy too. Perhaps you could also try aloe vera – great for burns, although it won’t need as much water as some of the other herbs so perhaps a small pot. Also agree that mint should go in a separate pot – we put it in the ground and it keeps popping up all over the garden now!


  • Grow the herbs you cook with, it’s the best part – picking your own produce. All herbs are labelled with how tall they grow etc and how much room they will need. Tomatoes, beans and strawberries are usually popular with kids but I’m not sure on herbs. Maybe check out your local nursery the staff are always helpful


  • Thanks ladies! Lots of ideas here! Can’t wait to get started!


  • Basil is great and in a pot mint because it spreads. and parsley because you will use this in cooking and they can collect when you need makes them feel special. Also think about tomatoes, carrots


  • Parsley and Mint are easy to grow and can be used in a lot of foods but you do need to be careful with the Mint as this can spread quickly.


  • Shallots and garlic chives were great additions to our herb garden and everyone loved them! Rosemary is also great! These are quite contained so are good. We also planted baby spinach but it didn’t go so well. We purchase ours from our local markets – cheap and ready to go!


  • Select hardy varieties and companion-plants. Choose the herbs that you cook with the most frequently and try to find heirloom varieties whenever possible. My personal favourite herbs to grow are basil, parsley, and rosemary. You could also try Thyme and Oregano which grow like a ground cover but not aggressively!


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