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    Thai Basil

    How to eat? DIY Thai Basil Minced Pork

    How to grow?

    • Medium – well-drained soil with compost
    • Sun – min 4 hours of sun, thrives in full 8-hour sun
    • Fertiliser / Compost – add in compost or chicken manure once every 2 to 3 weeks or go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5 (apply once a month or at most biweekly)
    • Water – typically water once a day, over-watering will cause the leaves to turn yellow and under-watering will make flowers and buds suffer
    • Prunning – cut off the flowers so that the plant can focus all its energy on the leaves (unless you are growing as an ornamental plant)

    Thai Basil

    Exotic Mint

    Exotic Mint

    There are many types of exotic mints such as lavender mint, white peppermint, strawberry mint, apple mint, chocolate mint and etc.Compared to common mints, exotic mints are a little bit challenging for some gardeners. The young plants need constant trimming and time to grow bushy and you wil enjoy seeing them growing.

    How to eat? DIY mint tea, mint ice-cream, mint ice or mint butter (download the PDF guide below)

    How to grow?

    • No need to repot for now, but may want to repot for more growth
    • Medium – well-drained soil
    • Sun – 2 to 3 hours of direct sun is sufficient, mints do love sun but not too much of scorching sun
    • Fertiliser – go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5 (apply once a month or at most biweekly)
    • Water – typically water once a day, on very hot day, check the soil and water again if needed
    • If your bottom stems become woody and look very dry, time to refresh the mint by doing stem cutting and rooting
    • Prune – generally on a biweekly basis, depends on your sun condition, if the mint becomes very bushy, do it more frequently

    How to prune?

    Can start pruning the mint when you have about 2-3 layers of leaves above and at least 2-3 layers of leaves below. Cut above the leaf node.

    Italian Oregano

    How to eat? Add a sprig or two when you roast your tomatoes or potatoes

    How to grow?

    • Medium – well-drained soil
    • Sun – 2-3 hours of sun thereafter bright shade, avoid scorching sun
    • Fertiliser – go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5 (apply once a month)
    • Water – typically water once a day
    • Prune – generally on a biweekly basis, depends on your sun condition, if the oregano becomes very bushy, do it more frequently

    How to prune?

    Can start pruning the oregano when you have about 2-3 layers of leaves above and at least 2-3 layers of leaves below. Cut above the leaf node.

    Italian Oregano

    Chinese Coriander

    Chinese Coriander

    How to eat? Garnishing vege for soup

    How to grow?

    • Medium – well-drained soil
    • Sun – bright indirect light (slight shade is good), dislikes intense and direct sunlight
    • Fertiliser / Compost – add in compost or chicken manure once every 2 to 3 weeks or go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5
    • Water – typically water root zone once a day, keep the soil moist, but not soaked; good drainage is essential as coriander has deep roots
    • Prunning – to extend your coriander harvest, regularly snip soft stems from side, rotating the plant as you harvest to encompass the whole plant

    Cuban Oregano

    How to grow?

    • Medium – well-drained and nutrient-rich soil
    • Sun – thrives in full to partial sunlight
    • Fertiliser / Compost – add in compost or chicken manure once every 2 to 3 weeks or go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5
    • Water – only water when the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil is dry. Try to water before afternoon.
    • Prune – prune the plant if it begins to sprawl or whenever you wish to use the leaves in cooking

    Cuban Oregano

    Sawtooth Coriander

    Sawtooth Coriander

    How to eat? Garnishing it soy sauce for steamed chicken

    How to grow?

    • Medium – well-drained soil
    • Sun – thrive with 4 to 6 hours of filtered sunlight daily
    • Fertiliser / Compost – add in compost or chicken manure once every 2 to 3 weeks or go for fertiliser with N ≥ 3 such as 4:1:1, 4:2:6 or 5:5:5
    • Water – once a day to keep soil evenly moist, allowing the soil to become slightly dryer between watering sessions
    • Prunning – for best results, snip off the flower heads regularly which encourages leaf growth. Yellowing of leaves is normal as they age.
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