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A Malaysian Herb Garden - which plant to pick ?

I want to start using our balcony to grow our own herbs.
Being in Malaysia, I don't know which plants are good to grow, and which are not.

I was thinking of going for Thai Basil, Chili padis, Pandan, Mint, Thyme, and a few others
Do you spot any that would not make it ? Do you have some suggestions or tips to help me get started ?

i feel like i'm already getting the "gardening bug" and i'm only in the planning stage Smile

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I think it depends a lot on what dish you usually cook.

If it's more local, then lemongrass is among the most commonly grown and used. Then, there's the pandan plant. Ginger is a good start as well but may be a bit hard to grow... I think. The Bird's Eye chili is a must. Or any type of chili for that matter depending on how spicy hot you want your dish to be.

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Lemongrass is a neat idea. I'll add it to the mix. Thanks !
I doubt my pot can grow Ginger though :/

I agree that chilis are a must. I've been using them more and more in my cooking ^^

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You must have curry leaves! Most Asian dishes have curry leaves in them Grin

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Thanks Elle
I don't usually cook curry, but if i have the leaves available easily maybe I'll give it a try Smile

A quick update
The mint is doing superbly. It took over a lot of space.
The chili tree is surviving but does not produce much. Maybe need more watering.
Thyme is doing fine and is yummy.
Surprisingly, the Basil and Pandan leaves did not last.

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Pandan requires a bog pot. Your pandan might be at a point it needs a bigger space... Not sure about the basil though. I'd love to grow them too since I've been using them more and more nowadays.

By the way... do use fertilisers?

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Noted for the pandan. Thanks !
The Basil was ok at first. Then it went native and grew solid branches. Every time it bloomed, the flowers were taking too much of a strain on the plants and after a few blooming it died.

I simply add some fertilizer when I see the plant is starting to weaken Smile

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Jacques wrote:
The Basil was ok at first. Then it went native and grew solid branches. Every time it bloomed, the flowers were taking too much of a strain on the plants and after a few blooming it died.

I don't know anything about growing basil. But from what you are saying, I think they simply have a short life span... Normally when a plant wants to die, they'll bloom flowers like mad in their bid to continue their species.

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I simply add some fertilizer when I see the plant is starting to weaken :)

Ah good. Smile

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Where did you buy the seeds?

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Curry leaves can be used in other cooking, which is not necessarily only in curry cooking.

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I bought some basil from cold storage (the ones that are in the little pot). They take a lot of TLC! When i focused on them and gave them JUST THE RIGHT amounf of water dailiy, they flourished and lived long. Too little water they dry up. Too much and they get mouldy....and they need to be mainly in shady, cool, dry areas but not too much direct sunlight.

I suspect they also need quite a lot of space.

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I have the same experience with Basil. I had much better experience with Mint.
Mint does not need as much care, grows very easily, and smells wonderful. It also makes great tea Wink

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Go for some weed, great in cake! :party:

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That's very Kampung of you Rogier Wink

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