It's amazing what a difference a pot can make to a plant's personality. In the case of my traditional 'Mediterranean' herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and bay leaf, they have turned out to be very different plants to care for, compared to how they grow in ordinary garden soil. Yes, of course they need more maintenance in a pot, but I am surprised how thirsty they are. They all love a drink (well, at least in springtime they do).
Let's put this discovery another way. Since I have started watering these potted herbs a lot more often than I ever did in previous years, they are much happier. And yes, I am slow on the uptake sometimes. (Just ask Pam!)
|Much happier now that it is being watered|
every morning, the rosemary is lush, deep
green and very fragrant to be around.
|As I water the rosemary now, I can smell its |
sharp scent wafting around in the air.
|Same goes for my potted bay tree. More water|
this season has produced more growth, and
much nicer looking foliage.
|The thyme is flowering its head off at the moment. It needs the|
most clipping to stay bushy, plus, you guessed it, water.
|I've already done a blog posting recently on this potted oregano|
patch, but it needs lots of watering as well.
|Though hardly classic Mediterranean herbs,|
the two pots of mint (common mint in the
foreground and basil mint behind) lap up the
water like a pair of thirsty hounds.
And so, Aussie gardeners, if your potted Mediterranean herbs aren't looking too terrific this spring, think about giving them more water more often. It might be what they desperately need.
I'm not sure what they want once summer comes around, but my new hunch is that it will be more water than I gave them last summer...