Spring has arrived and we’re finally seeing beautiful flowers rear their pretty heads. But, with our love of flowers, are we missing out on another range of charming garden goodness? Don’t forget herbs! It’s impossible to list all the reasons why growing your own herb garden should be top of the list of priorities, but there are certainly some tips on how to get started.
Different herbs, like flowers, all have their own little quirks – things they like, things they don’t – so it’s important to do your research. It’s also a good idea to call on the experts and find out what will work best for you, so don’t be afraid to get in touch with a company well established in the field, such as Spalding Bulb.
Once you’ve made your choices and decided what you want to go with, let the fun begin. Herbs look good, smell good and do you good, so you’re on to a winner.
1. What plants are included in the herb family? It’s not a stupid question at all… but it would be impossible list every herb right now. Family favourites often include rosemary, thyme and coriander. Think home made pizzas, curry, spaghetti bolognaise – all of these will be 100 times nicer with some fresh herbs.
2. Who likes what? Surprisingly, herbs are a lot tougher than you might imagine. Garden conditions are actually like a trip to the spa for the herb family, providing a luxurious environment for growth. With this in mind, there is one element that needs a bit of initial attention – where to plant different herbs.
Herb Expert is a great resource for all those burning questions you might have and allow you to dig deep into the needs of individual herbs to get the best results. Unlike flowers, not all herbs like constant sunshine. It’s a good idea to divide your plants into two sections, one that will receive full day sun for herbs that like to be kept snuggled and warm (rosemary, sage, thyme, french tarragon and oregano) and those that prefer a bit of shelter, (sorrel, mizuna, rocket, mustard, chervil and parsley).
3. No garden, no herbs? Of course not. Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden or balcony, you can definitely grow herb plants inside. Organic Gardening has even supplied a top 10 list of the best indoor herb growers to get your started. Generally speaking though, you should have a herb box that can be placed on the sunny side of the house. That said, you have to remember that the sunny side is only for the herbs that like to lap up some rays – use the cooler side of your house for growing more salad herbs.
It’s recommended to water your herbs in the morning as well as the evening, so that during the day if temperatures do pick up, your herbs have enough moisture to make it through.
It doesn’t sound too tricky does it? That’s because it’s not! If you’re feeling a little wary then perhaps start simple with a basil plant on your window sill and go from there. You’re sure to notice the difference when you cook with your home grown herbs, not to mention feeling pretty chuffed with yourself for becoming such a green-fingered talent!