If you are growing herbs for the first time, choose a warm sunny position.
Most herbs grow best when they are planted in well drained compost. It is often a good idea to plant into pots and tubs. Raised beds are also a great place to grow culinary herbs, this can also keep the herbs away from pets.
Dont forget to feed your herbs throughout the growing season. I recommend an organic Seaweed fertiliser.
- Don't cut away more than one third of the plant at any moment in time. Your plant may not survive the experience.
- Always plant herbs somewhere that is easily accessible eg doorstep or window basket .
- Frequent little snips will encourage a healthy herb with plenty of greenery.
- Pests can usually be easily eliminated with a drop of dish-washing detergent in a large jug of water sprayed over the foliage, including the underneath. (Be sure to wash it off before eating.)
- Any herbs that start to lose their colour, or look tall without much foliage, are probably suffering from lack of sunlight.
- Use a fertilizer approved for edible plants approximately monthly. I find seaweed extract to be very effective.
James Wong helps out with creating a culinary herb box at The Whitehaven Home and Garden Show.
- Click here for information on Outdoor Herb Gardens.
- Click here for information on Indoor Herb Gardens.
- Click here for information on Drying and Curing Herbs.