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How does your herb garden grow?

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Potter & Rest
If you want a gardening task to get your teeth into then why not have a go at growing herbs? Our horticultural expert, Peter, has some top tips for you:

“It’s a good idea to plan where you are going to have your herb garden before you do anything else. Most herbs are happiest in sunny or half sun, half shade positions and in well-drained soil, so make sure your garden meets these requirements for happy herb growing.

“Many herbs will grow happily in poor soil and will tolerate very dry conditions as long as it is well-drained. If your soil is reasonable then dig lightly to remove any weeds before planting.

“Something else to consider when deciding on the location of your herb garden is whether or not it is close to the door into the house so you can pop out while you’re cooking and snip a few bits. You should also consider where you walk in the garden as the plants are wonderfully aromatic so a pathway through them is perfect for raising the spirits.

“It’s also important to choose a range of herbs that look attractive and complement each other. Select by foliage, colour and usefulness in the kitchen.

“When planting, dig a hole slightly larger than the pot and fill it with a planting or multipurpose compost and water well. During the growing season feed your herbs with a granular feed such as Growmore in March and June or you can do this monthly with a liquid feed.

“Most herbs do not grow to be too big so space them out around 18 inches apart. In future years prune down hard, usually using shears in March.”

Here’s some of the wonderful herbs we have in stock:

Mint Curled Spearmint

Light purple flowers in spring/early summer with bright green crinkly leaves. Deciduous. Foliage has a spearmint fragrance.

Mint Applemint – variegated

This hardy perennial, culinary herb used in sauces to complement meats, soups, salads, vegetable dishes, sweet dishes and drinks.

Parsley Moss Curly

This traditional parsley was once used as wreath for Greek athletes and more recently has been a garnish that gets left on plates uneaten. Dark-green, tightly curled leaves.

Purple Sage

A useful and attractive container plant that prefers a sunny site or partial shade.

Common Oregano

Oregano has oval or round leaves. The plant produces small pink, purple or white flowers and can reach up to 1 metre in height.

Sage Icterina

Icterina is a common sage and an evergreen dwarf sub-shrub with aromatic leaves that are greyish but variegated with cream and pale green.
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