Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, and the most delicious. Grow them in the garden, on a windowsill or in pots and take your cooking to a whole new level.
Growing herbs is simple, it’s choosing which ones to grow that‘s the tricky part!
To make it easy, we’ve got all the basics covered:
Herbs not only provide the chef with delicious fresh flavours, they also look great too! Grow them in garden beds, borders, pots and window-boxes and take your cooking to a whole new level. If you give your herbs the best possible start, you’ll be rewarded with loads of produce and very few pests or problems.
There are two main types of herbs: Annual like basil that grows and dies within the same year and perennial such as rosemary which is a woody shrub that lives for many years.
Don’t get caught up in the hype - grow only those herbs that you will use. It’s easy to get excited at the nursery and grab four different kinds of mint, only to take them home and have them take over your garden ... and you don’t even use any of them!
Start with the herbs you use most like rosemary, oregano, basil and thyme and then, when you notice another herb that you often use, add that to your fresh food pantry too.
To plant and grow herbs in the garden, you will need:
Prepare your soil
Improve your soil prior to planting with organic matter: Scotts Osmocote Professional Compost & Soil Improver and Scotts Osmocote Plus Organics Vegetable & Herb Mix. To learn more about improving your soil and preparing for planting, refer to Starting your patch from scratch.
How to plant:
a) Choose a growing position with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day and enough room for the herb to reach the mature size listed on the label
b) Water the potted herb prior to planting
c) Make a planting hole large enough for the herb and its entire root ball
d) Carefully tap the herb out of the pot
e) Check the roots and gently tease out if necessary. If you can see lots of roots circling around the base of the pot, use a knife to make 3-4 shallow vertical cuts at the base of the root ball to encourage the roots to grow out
f) Place the plant in the hole. Make sure it is at the same depth as it was in the pot
g) Backfill around the plant, pressing the soil down firmly
h) Water generously with Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Plant Food to settle it in
Keep your herbs healthy by:
To plant and grow herbs in pots, you will need:
Most herbs are best picked frequently. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushier, compact growth and to reduce the likelihood of annual herbs running to seed. It’s best to harvest just before use for maximum flavour and freshness.
Herbs are best used fresh from the garden, but there are times when you may need to preserve them
There are several ways to preserve your herbs:
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