A beginner’s guide to herb gardens

If you’re new to gardening and want to start small, a herb garden is a great way to introduce beginner gardeners to growing their own produce. The fact that they taste delicious is just a bonus. Here’s our favourite herbs to get you started:

Mint

Growing mint from seed is possible. However, we would suggest buying is as a young plant. Mint can grow quickly and spread easily, so make sure you plant it in the pots to contain the roots to that area. It can grow in full sun or partial light.

Basil

A popular choice for its taste and many uses. Grow from seeds, sowing in to potting compost from March and keep on a sunny windowsill. As the weather warms, you can plant outside in a sunny spot that does benefit from some shelter. The plants will need replacing each year, however, it autumn if you bring some plants indoors they should continue to provide you with leaves throughout the winter.

Parsley

You have two choices when growing parsley; give it a head start by sowing seeds in to potting compost in a sunny windowsill or plant directly into the ground outside as the weather warms. It’s quite acceptable to grow parsley in slightly shady areas.

Chives

A popular choice for their smell and versatility in the kitchen, chives grow best in a sunny spot with rich, moist soil. You can sow the seeds directly into the ground in March and April. The best thing, if left to ripen to flower, not only will they provide some colour to your herb garden with their purple flowers, they will self-seed meaning they don’t require much ongoing maintenance from you. However, chives can grow quickly and take over your garden so make sure to keep the plant trimmed back.

Rosemary

Believed by the Greeks to be excellent for the brain and associated in traditional medicine with having a good memory, rosemary is a particularly nutritious herb to grow in your garden. An evergreen shrub, its fragrant needle-like leaves are available all year.

Blossoming white, pink, purple and blue flowers, rosemary is often used as a decorative plant in gardens and is a frequent herb in landscape gardens.

Grown best in well-drained soil, in a sunny spot. It is drought tolerant and pest resistant.

Let us know how you get on!

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