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Hi, would anybody be able to share your experience on travelling with potted herbs?

We are in two minds whether or not to bring along a planter box with a variety of fresh herbs, such as parsley, basil & chives, but are wondering about the practicalities.

Is there anybody who has given this a go?

Your advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.



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Welcome to the forum Lidia

I personally do not know of anyone, who travels with herbs

From experience, when I cross into either West Australia, or South Australia, they check at the border, for fresh fruit, plants etc

I believe that the fines are now high enough, to deter people from doing the wrong thing

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Hi Tony, thats a very good point you make, had not thought about any possible quarantine, which may well be the case.
Ill make some inquiries. Thanks very much for your response.
Cheers, Lidia :)



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As a general rule the conditions for this approval will require the plants to be free of all soil and potting mix, and undergoing a 100% inspection on arrival in WA. You can bring plant pots into WA, but they must be washed free of all soil and plant material. Inspection fees and charges will apply.

Well that totally leaves out the idea of travelling with potted fresh herbs.


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Applies to every State border, not just WA.
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Yes, so it appears. Did some more research.
Kicking myself for not thinking about quarantine.
Thanks for your feedback, Peter.

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IMG_20210307_150906.jpgHi Lidia, good question which I hope I can answer for you.

We have been on the road for almost 10  years, always travelling with troughs of herbs. Our current "garden" includes basil, parsley (curled and flat), chives and two types of thyme.

Yes, it is correct that you cannot take plants/potted plants across certain borders, but when you consider the cost of say

1 x  punnet of parsley

1 x punnet of basil

1 x punnett of chives

at about $5.00 per punnett, a small bag of potting mix at about $4.00 per 25lt, 1 or 2 troughs (your choice - ours are the ones that retain water in the tray and self wick)

 

Opposed to:

Tonight I need some parsley, so I buy a packet from the supermarket, which only lasts two or three days, mostly it gets thrown out when it goes soggy

Then a week later I need some more, so have to go and buy some more, and some basil as well.  Looking at about $9.00 just this week alone for a few bits of greenery that won't last.

 

So, by planting and nurturing my own, (which is a comforting thing to do) I actually save money. Each time we plan to cross a border, just like all our fruit and veggies which we do a big cook up, we dispose of the herbs and soil, wash thoroughly the troughs and continue into the new state, find a nursery and start again (bearing in mind that you already have your troughs)



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Good question - and one I've been meaning to look at for some time too.

I like Dunmowin's idea and he's right, with supermarket herbs at around $4 a bunch.

Another possibility for people like me who tend to mainly stay in one or two states (Vic and NSW for me) is to find a forest close to an area you regularly visit and leave your potted herbs to fend for themselves whilst you go interstate then pick them up on return.



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One thing I forgot to mention. We have had our herbs eaten by wild animals and domesticated cows. When camped,, we make sure at night that the herbs are not reachable. 



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Thank you Dunmowin and Mike for your helpful input.
We will have to rethink our idea of travelling with herbs.
Can't blame the wild animals and domesticated cows for eating your herbs, such an unexpected treat for them, hahaha
Where do you keep the herbs at night, on top of your caravan?
We are from Cairns about to depart for WA and NT but due to possible COVID quarantine in WA will have to give our WA destination some more thought.
So we may yet be able to travel with herbs.
Uncertain times and fingers crossed.
Safe travels to you and your herbs.

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Not only is there quarantine between states. There are quarantine zones within states.

 

https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/travellers/quarantine-zones/



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