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I'm venturing out this year with growing rosemary, basil, cilantro & oregano. They are doing beautifully but I don't know a thing about growing spices.
When buying nutmeg, try to buy them whole and grate as needed. The whole (and even the partially grated ones) keep for ages and the taste of freshly grated nutmeg will beat the socks off any powder you buy from the supermarket.
My basil is beautiful and we are enjoying just walking by it for the aroma. Fresh basil is lovely. But the when to pinch, how to seed, what to do once it flowers and what else can I grow all boggles me. Mint was growing here as well as a large Rosemary plant when we moved here over 10 years ago. I am wanting to expand on that but I do have a bit to learn from the spice world.
Marjoram is another nice herb to grow. It has a flavor like a slightly milder oregano and the two look very similar. Sage is good too and very easy to maintain (no need to worry about flowering and pinching). I have a golden sage plant that's still producing well after three years in my herb box.
I agree that you will likely have to stick to growing herbs and not spices. However, some spices like fennel seeds etc you may be able to grow and dry?
Ha! We are the only people in the world who cannot grow mint. We lack the requisite dripping tap in the backyard. Either it dies of thirst or the cats dig it up.
On the other hand we have two fabulous rosemary bushes - one prostrate - and a bay tree in a pot. Over the years we have grown various things like parsley, chives, thyme and tarragon with reasonable success. You've got to keep up the weeding and discourage the snails (and the cats).
At the moment we have a plentiful supply of those flat leaved oriental chives that Derrick bought by mistake.