I thought I would show you some new herbs I bought recently.
I went to buy some new herbs because mine were looking really ratty after summer and autumn is a fabulous time for gardening in Australia.
The soil is nice and warm from the summer months and plants have enough time to establish before it gets cool in winter.
It doesn't snow here but we do get frost which can burn plants, if they are perennial they will usually grow back in spring.
Well back to my story.
While wandering around Bunnings' herb section I found a stack of different herbs, they were a bit more expensive, but I think they were worth it.
Firstly was the sugar plant,
I already had this bit it was not looking too great when I got B2 to pull it out so I could make my Easter garden, I got him to pick all the leaves off and freeze them.
The sugar plant is of course stevia!
You can use it it your smoothies, or a hot drink for extra sweetness.
I have seen where you can make liquid stevia by adding it to vodka, but I am yet to try it!
If you pick off a leaf and chew it, it gives a nice sweet taste.
Next, I found this interesting herb, the tag actually had a picture of licorice allsorts on it.
If you pick off a few leaves and chew them, they taste like licorice.
Great for those of us who love licorice but are avoiding sugar!
The third interesting plant was this one called olive herb,
If you pick and eat it it tastes a bit like olive oil.
It tastes great in salads, I added a few the other night and it really gave the salad a lift.
I also replaced some of my other herbs, parsley, mint, basil, coriander and rosemary.
If I have a little punnet with more than one I usually add the extras to my old wheelbarrow.
Some get put in my little pot on the kitchen window sill.
I think I might see if I can get some more pots so they have a bit more room to grow.
They get the morning sun here.
In this pot is some coriander, Italian parsley, mint and garlic chives.