5 Steps to Planting A Mini Herb Garden
A small herb garden near the kitchen is a great asset. There is nothing better than being able to pick your own mint and chives to lift a simple salad or to have fresh coriander and basil on hand for authentic asian and Italian dishes.
Growing your own herbs is so easy and will give a whole new versatility to your cooking. It costs a fraction of the price, is more convenient, packs your cooking with unique flavour, and you can just pick the leaves you need, when you need them so there is no waste.The best time to grow your own herbs is generally between March and August.
Fresh herbs are excellent for making soups, stocks, meats, pastas and all kinds of recipes.
Mint can be rather unpredictable and spread across the garden so it is always best to contain it in a pot before planting it in the ground.
Step 1. Choose your herbs and only plant what you want to use.
It’s better to plant more of the herbs you love, than to waste time on varieties you’re unlikely to actually eat. Of course, you can experiment and plant all kinds of wonderful herbs but
I tend to use Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Parsley, Chives, Basil, Mint and Coriander.
Step 2. Choose your location carefully.
Avoid mixing those that like plenty of water (such as chives, mint, chervil, coriander) with those that like a well-drained soil (such as rosemary, thyme, sage, bay, and oregano).
Tender herbs such as basil, chives and coriander will thrive in a warm environment. greenhouse, conservatory or a sunny windowsill. Mine grow beautifully by a south west facing window and when the Aga is radiating its soft warmth.
Step 3. Choose your container
Start with a large container (approx 5 litres) which is big enough to grow deep roots and not dry out too quickly.
Use a gritty, well-drained compost.
If using a window box, ensure it is deep enough for future growth.
Step 4. Planting the Herbs
Position your herb pots where you want to plant them to get a visual idea.
Make a hole with a trowel twice the width of the plant.
Gently ease each seedling out of the pot holding the leaves not the stem.
Spray the root ball with water or with seaweed solution.
Put the plant in the hole and press down firmly.
Water the plant in and cover the root ball with mulch for protection.
Step 5. How to Maintain Your Herb Garden
Check moisture regularly.
Top up mulch regularly to prevent weeds.
Pick the top and outer leaves and it will keep produce a fuller plant..
Add seasonal nutrition to the soil to keep your plants healthy.
Make sure you pick leaves from the tips off each stem regularly during the growing season. This will give you a fuller plant.