Growing Herbs

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Fresh Herbs at your Finger Tips.
                  Imagine an old cottage garden and you will probably picture a sunny bed of herbs. Growing these aromatic plants, highly prized for their culinary and medical qualities has a long and ancient tradition we still value today. Fortunately, herbs are very easy to grow and positively thrive on poor, dry soils.
 
Dill and carrots make good partners Dill is an aromatic annual that is ideal for sowing among carrots  (one or two seeds per metre along a row) as it is said to act as a deterrent to that well-known  pest, the carrot fly.
  • Its aromatic summer leaves flavour omelettes and fish dishes, especially salmon.
Basil comes in unusual varieties:  Basil is a highly aromatic herb. It is grown as a half-hardy annual in cool temperate climates. Most people know the large, floppy foliage of 'lettuce-leaf' basil but there are many other varieties to choose from, such as 'Dark Opal' with purple leaves. Basil is useful in salads as well as in cooked dishes.
  • If you get the chance,  try planting bush basil, with masses  of tiny leaves, 'cinnamon' basil, 'anise' basil, and lemon basil.
  • Sowing basil in a greenhouse:  Basil is best sown into seed trays or modules in a greenhouse and then hardened off and transplanted when all danger of frost is past. Seeds  need a minimum temperature  of 20'C.  Water  sparingly by standing the seed  tray in a bath  of water  so it will draw moisture  in, rather  than watering  from overhead. When the seedlings are growing well, prick them out into larger pots and grow on until it is safe to plant
 
Growing Basil
Cut out the growing tip of the basil shoot to encourage the plant to bush  out.
Cutting out growing Basil tip

them outside. In warmer climates where night temperatures do not fall below 13’C you can sow direct  into the soil. Again, water plants from the base.
Aniseed for flavouring cakes:  Aniseed is a half-hardy annual.  Sow the plants directly into the soil when all danger of frost is past.  Aniseed needs full sun, some shelter and well-drained soil to thrive. By late summer the seeds are ready to harvest  and use in the kitchen.
  • The ripe seed is ideal for flavouring cakes and pastries, and the feathery foliage, which you can cut all through the growing season,  is also delicious in salads.
 
Did You Know
Growing-Herbs--in-Planters
Herbs in Planters:
     If you have little space in your garden and want to grow herbs, there are many that will grow well in planters.
Plants that thrive in confined spaces: 
     Basil, bay (which needs a large planter), chervil, chives, dill, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, parsley, rocket, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme and winter savory all grow well in planters and window boxes.

 
Coriander
 
Coriander being grown in a garden
Coriander has a delicious, distinctive aroma and unequalled flavour, and is a vital ingredient in Mediterranean, Mexican and Thai dishes. The flat leaved, parsley-like leaves are harvested while the plant is young, then later the seed is collected to be used in curries and spicy dishes, as well as in cakes and biscuits, and the leaves are chopped as garnish. 
       If you want to use the leaves rather than the seeds, choose a large-leaved  variety  such as 'Cilantro',  bred specially  for that purpose. 

 


 
 
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