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Growing Herbs Made Easy

by User Not Found | Jun 14, 2013

Grow Herbs
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Growing your own herbs is easy as they require very little maintenance. It’s so convenient to step outside your back door and snip some fresh herbs rather than adding them to your shopping list every week. Also fresh herbs taste delicious and you will have tasty pickings for years to come!

You will need:  
  • window box or pot (if no garden space)
  • herb plants
  • drainage material (broken terracotta. fine stones)
  • multipurpose compost with john innes
  • gravel or coloured chippings
  • watering can
  • plant feed          

Do this in:           March-Oct

Ideal Location: any sunny area.

Harvest time:    year – round

Potted Herbs
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How to... create a herb garden

1. Ensure your window box has a drainage hole in the bottom to prevent your plants becoming waterlogged – add a layer of drainage material to the bottom of your planter to prevent drainage holes from becoming blocked. If planting in the ground mix some compost with the soil.

2. Fill the window box almost to the top with compost. Dig a small hole and plant the herbs at an equal distance apart. When planting in the ground space approx 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart – depending on the variety of herb. Keep watered during dry spells

3. Add a decorative finish to your planter by adding a layer of gravel around the plants, or colours stone. 

4. Harvest herbs regularly to help keep the plants neat and shapely, and also to encourage fresh new growth. Feed every 6 weeks to keep nourished.

5. Once picked, herbs can be used fresh, or stored by either drying or freezing them. Dried herbs will last up to a year. Try freezing them in individual ice cubes, mixing varieties such as Thyme and Parsley to use in stews.

6. Choose from chives, rosemary, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, bay leaf, thyme, and lots more. Mint is best grown in a container as it is a vigorous spreader.

Tips:
Basil and coriander should be grown inside; all other herbs can be grown outdoors.

Let me know how you get on with your herb garden.

All the best,

Fergal

Fergal’s Bio
Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal