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Growing herbs

by Sarah - January 20th, 2010.
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As always with all Gardening you should grow the herbs that you actually use. So stop and think about what herbs you use in your everyday cooking. Do you use basil? Do you use mint? What should have identified the herbs you use regularly you’ll see which you might want to grow. Some herbs are very easy. Basil can be grown in a pot on a windowsill in your own home. It loves being in a pot and can be grown for virtually the whole year indoors.
Herb seeds and plants at Suttons

Some plants are quite ornamental power suited to any garden. Rosemary is a very attractive bush that is evergreen and has pretty little flowers. You could grow this in any border and then cut twigs of rosemary off to use in your cooking. Sage can grow in your garden quite easily and you can also take cuttings from it and put them in pots on a windowsill. Time is a lovely plant although low growing, it is quite happy in your garden.

Mint is a lovely plant grow your garden although it can be quite invasive so is worth growing either in a pot or planting a pot in the soil to prevent the roots spreading too much. There are a large variety of minutes so you should pick which one you like to use, peppermint or spearmint are favourites.

Chides grow easily in your garden too. They can also be grown on a windowsill indoors during the winter. Oregano can also be grown from seed or cuttings. This can be grown indoors or outside.

The herbs can be cut and dried during the summer months. They should be stored in the dark dry place to ensure they keep for a long time. You will also be able to use them fresh in your cooking and then you will be able to tell the benefits of growing your own herbs. You don’t need a large garden to grow herbs and most will grow happily in tops or pots on your patio. If they are near your kitchen door you’ll find you who use them more than if you have a long trek down the garden.

Some herbs are perennials. This includes mint, thyme, Rosemary and Sage. Parsley is a biannual herb, which means it takes two years before they flower seed, so if you want to grow Parsley you have to plants in every year to ensure a good supply. Annuals include basil.

You can try growing more unusual herbs too. Some are simple to grow and it can be rewarding to grow unusual plants. Some plants are tricky, such as Parsley which can be hard to germinate. Some plants will go to seed quickly such as coriander. Don’t let this put you off the growing herbs is great fun and very rewarding in the kitchen.