Welcome to the Glynde Mitre 10 Gardening Blog!

Here we share our experiences and knowledge about the plants we are growing with you. In this blog you will discover our failures, successes, tips, and techniques so that you too can develop a blooming organic garden.

Whether this is your first undertaking of anything garden-related, or you are a seasoned-veteran, we hope you can find this page entertaining and useful for your project.

Herb Starter Kit: This project aims to test our own products in our Herb Starter Kit. The Herb Starter Kit is an easy and simple way for beginner gardeners to get their first herbs growing immediately and with as little headaches as possible. Included in this kit are terracotta pots and saucers, seeds, seed raising mix, and a trowel – everything you need to get your garden going.

Check out the Herb Starter Kit on our Online Shop here:https://www.glyndemitre10.com.au/store/product/herb-starter-kit/

The kit can be used both indoors and outdoors, yet is most beneficial when used indoors.

We decided to plant three relatively sturdy herbs being parsley, basil and thyme. Whilst these three are mainly spring and summer herbs, we have planted ours in late winter to showcase how the Herb Starter Kit can be used to grow a range of herbs all year-round.

Key Information:

Basil:

  • When: Spring to early Autumn
  • Where: full sun or sun/shade
  • Sow Depth: 5 mm
  • Germination / Maturity: 5-10 days / 8 weeks

Parsley:

  • When: Spring to Autumn
  • Where: full sun or sun/shade
  • Sow Depth: 3 mm
  • Germination / Maturity: 21-28 days / 16 weeks

Thyme:

  • When: Early Spring & Summer
  • Where: full sun
  • Sow Depth: 5 mm
  •  Germination / Maturity: 12-14 days / 8-10 weeks.

Tip: Be sure to read the information on the seed packet for advice on sowing and caring for your herbs.

DAY 1 – PLANTING (02/08/19):

Step-by-step instructions for each pot:

  1. Roughly fill the pot with Yates Seed Raising Mix.
  2. Pat-down the soil using the flat end of the trowel handle.
  3. Lightly water the soil to moisten it (do not saturate it).
  4. Gently sprinkle the seeds into the pot, trying to distribute them evenly.
  5. Carefully add a very thin top layer of Yates Seed Raising Mix over the seeds (see seed specifications for sow depth).
  6. Very gently pat-down the top-layer of soil
  7. Lightly water the top layer.
  8. Repeat for each pot.

Note: Are you planting basil in winter?

If yes, cover your basil pot with cling-wrap to help keep it warm and healthier.

Description:

Firstly, each pot was approximately filled three-quarters full with Yates Seed Raising Mix, and then gently patted down using the flat handle end of the trowel. Once compacted, the soil was lightly watered (preferably with a spray bottle) such as to moisten the soil – not saturate it. Next, the parsley (Italian Plain Leaf), basil (Minette) and thyme seeds were sprinkled into each pot separately.

A very thin layer of Yates Seed Raising Mix was then added over the top of the seeds to lightly cover them. After very gently patting down the top layer of soil over the seeds, each pot was very lightly watered again. The pots were then positioned indoors and beside a window. It is important to remember to lightly water the herbs each day and rotate them at least twice a day to ensure they grow uniformly upwards (as opposed to leaning towards the window).

DAY 4 – CHECK-UP (05/08/19):

After checking each pot of seeds, there does not appear to be any major problems such as pests or leakages from the pots. A layer of cling-wrap was added over the pot of basil since this herb grows better in warmer weather. The cling-wrap traps the heat from the sun within the pot, helping to keep the basil seeds warmer and healthier.

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