perenials for hot hhouse?

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  1. IntensiveGardener

    IntensiveGardener Junior Member

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    I'm looking for perenial herbs, shrubs and vegies to put in my hot house. I want things which are edible/usefull , perhaps exotic but not too obscure.
    Anyone have any ideas?
    I'm in daylesford, vic. Its very cold here in winter and i'd be happy with herbs if it meant i can cut them in winter too.
    So far all i'v got is rosemary.
    Anyone have any experience in how well other herbs do in this regard?
    Its a small bed, about 10' long and 3' wide. About 8' of room vertically though so shrubs/bushes/climbers ok if there not too big.
     
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    hot house

    G,day IntensiveGardener.
    I use to live in Hepburn springs & my rosemary grew thick & hardy outside.
    I love vietnamese mint it grows well when protected,but keep it in a pot so it doesn't take over.
    Lemon grass should do well & it hase many uses.
    I have to admit my envy.
    My first experience with gardening in vic was in hepburn was straight from Fremantle.
    I spent allot of time dreaming of a hot house & nursing frost bitten plants!
    I have since learn't how to garden in vic but im stilll dreaming of a hot house!!
     
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    inland Otago, NZ
    Climate:
    Inland maritime/hot/dry/frosty
    Can you describe your climate in more detail. I don't know where Daylesford is, or what 'very cold' means there.

    I would have thought rosemary would grow outside too, especially if next to a building on the sunny side.
     
  4. IntensiveGardener

    IntensiveGardener Junior Member

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    climate

    pebbles,
    climate here is temporate to cold. I'm at about 700' above sea level. Summers are mild, said to be perfect for potatoes and soft fruit. Locals claim its too cold here for corn, capsicum, pumpkins but i'v had plenty of success.
    Winters are fairly cold. We have heavy frosts from late april through till november. Often daytime temps will only reach 7 C in winter. Very occasionally we get snow/hail which settles briefly on the ground. We do get 120 days frost free but its a but touchy with light frosts in late spring..

    After further investigation it seems that rosemary will grow outside here as will oregano. Although there will not be much growth in winter at all. Perhaps a couple of these in pots will be good in HH for winter picking.
    Lemongrass, taragon etc are good ideas. Viet mint :) yum!!

    I can heat the HH artificially with manure bins if necessary although the temp in there is usually a few degree warmer than outside anyway.
    How about small fruit, perhaps limes? tamarillo?
    IG
     
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    hot house

    Hi Intensive Gardener
    It looks like we have a similar climate (although I hve another 300m in altidude.
    I have capsicum, tomatoes, ginger, basil, lemon grass and dill growing in my hothouse at the moment. The capsicum and tomatoes aren't doing much at the moment but I was eating the fruit up to about a month ago; from experience I will have fully mature plants that will be able to flower when the weather heats up a little more.
    Good luck
    Susan
     
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    try some of the sub tropical herbs - vietnamese mint, lemon grass, cardamom, ceylon spinach.....
     

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