Friday, May 25, 2018

23 Aug

Tips For Your Herb Garden!

Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow and can be grown in every nook and cranny of your garden- perfect if you are lacking space! Here are a few facts, tips and tricks on how to grow and maintain your herb garden…

1. Herbs are any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, medicine, food or perfume. Trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, biennials and annuals, seaweed and even fungi, all are counted as herbs.

2. Most herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary and oregano, are Mediterranean in origin and will grow as well in shade as in sun. Chervil, parsley and coriander, in particular, all do well in shade.

3. Many gardeners think that mint will spread and take over their garden. Spearmint and peppermint are relatively invasive but if grown in part-shade are less vigorous. Growing them in containers will also control their spread.

4. Like most other plants, herbs reach their crescendo before the plant begins to flower and set seed. Pick herbs to freeze or dry early in the day before it gets too hot. If you want a small quantity to use fresh, pick just before you add it to the salad or cooking pot, it’s a good idea to keep your herbs close to the kitchen.

5. Herbs grown for foliage (mint, chives, lovage) need a cutback after flowering to encourage more shoots. Woody herbs (thyme, lavender, sage, rosemary) need a light prune to keep their shape and to prevent them from becoming too woody. Do this after flowering or in autumn.


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