TIME HERB GARDEN
are catalogues full of herbs yet only a select
few are harvested for use in the kitchen. When
considering a herb garden give serious thought
to how many herbs you need.
The truth is that the space required for growing
your favourites will be small and perhaps a
few large pots would do the job.
herbs such as lavender, sage and rosemary will
be perfectly happy growing amongst the shrubs
in the border. They will be available for the
occasional leaf or two and in the meantime will
add flower and leaf colour to the general planting.
An ornamental shaped bay tree will look good
at the entrance or on the patio and will have
hundreds more leaves than you could ever use
Thyme and penny royal will succeed best planted
in the confined space of cracks between the
patio paving slabs. They will soften the edges
emitting their familiar aroma when walked on
yet ready at any time for flavouring cooked
useful herbs include parsley, marjoram, basil,
tarragon and chives.There
are many others available in garden centres
and nurseries but only buy and plant them if
they will be used in cooking.
in a small raised
bed or a large container will allow
you to provide the essential soil or compost.
I prefer a soil based compost. It should be
free draining with low levels of fertilizer.
Make sure that the drainage holes are not blocked
and the site is sheltered and in full sun.
A lot of fertilizer will encourage new, soft
growth without flavour. Avoid nitrogen in the
fertilizer as it will encourage soft growth
that will be lacking in vigour.
If you want to be different plant a basket with
edible plants. Thyme and parsley are attractive
and a small plant of sage will prove useful
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