Dinners 2 Gardening Guide

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With The Healthy Mix Dinners 2 presale starting on April 26th, it is the perfect time to organise the herb and vegetable garden.

This is something new for Skinnymixers, but with the rising cost of groceries hopefully this gardening guide might help out a little! The herbs listed below are great for any Thermomix user to keep in the garden.

Disclaimer: In no way do I have a green thumb (the only reason I have a garden that is alive is purely due to my boyfriend that waters it), nor am I a plant expert who can tell you what to plant and when.

I can share a little bit of what I have planted in my garden here in Southeast Queensland that I’ve been able to use in the cookbook.

Below is the full list of fresh herbs, vegetables and some fruit – found on the shopping list for Dinners 2. I don’t have it all planted, but have added notes for what I do 🙂

Hopefully it is useful – Sian Brown

P.S. I’ve created a handy A4 printable PDF with the below list for you to download. Simply enter your details and the PDF will open. 

Basil, Thai Basil & Makrut Lime Tree

Fresh Herbs

  • basil – my basil is going crazy with all this rain! I will definitely make some Basil Oil
  • chives 
  • coriander – I did have coriander growing but it recently became compost. I never have much luck growing coriander.
  • mint – my mint has taken over, so be careful.
  • parsley – I prefer to grow Italian flat leaf
  • rosemary – my rosemary is HUGE! 
  • Plus the usuals used to make Stock Concentrate (parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary)
  • Thai basil – isn’t officially on the Dinners 2 ingredients list but I use it in the Thai Beef Salad as we have a coriander hater in the house. 
Not the best looking chilli plant at the moment, but these are my red & green chillies


  • birdseye chilli
  • cayenne chillies – red & green (pick earlier for green) I like to have a few chilli plants, but only have 1 producing at the moment
  • jalapeños – my jalapeño plants haven’t loved all this rain we have had so R.I.P.

 Fruit & Vegetables

This is my perpetual Spinach that I have growing that I use for so many things.
  • apples
  • avocado
  • baby potatoes
  • baby spinach
  • banana
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brown onions
  • butter lettuce
  • butternut pumpkin
  • cabbage
  • capsicums, green and red – I have mini capsicum plants
  • carrot
  • cauliflower
  • celery – I have a couple of celery doing well grown from the roots of ones I’ve bought from the shops using propagation. 
  • cherry tomatoes – my cherry tomato plants are surviving but no fruit right now.
  • corn – we have corn planted, I wouldn’t say it is a success…yet.
  • cucumber – I have a cucumber plant that is struggling but hanging in there 🙂
  • English spinach – I have perpetual spinach planted, it’s so handy!
  • Green Beans
  • Leek – mine are NOT doing well LOL
  • Lemons – I’m excited as my tree has fruit for the first time.
  • Limes – still waiting on fruit but I use my Makrut lime leaf tree regularly (just not for this book)
  • Mango
  • potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • stir fry veggies like snow peas, carrot, wombok etc. Snow peas have grown really well here last year and we will plant again.
  • Roma tomatoes
  • shallot (the French onion shallot – little brown, sweeter onions)
  • spring onion – the long green kind! 
  • sweet potato
  • Swiss brown mushrooms – I absolutely do not have these growing.
  • zucchini