SEED & SEEDLINGS: HERBS
Enjoy the delicious scents of herbs on your balcony.
All dishes taste so much better with vegetables and herbs from your own garden.
Herbs are easy to keep. They will be perfectly happy in a pot on the patio, on a balcony, in a corner in the garden or on the windowsill.
Early spring is the perfect time to tend to your herb garden.
Remove all dead plant waste, hoe between plants and take a moment to consider which species you want to transplant or replace.
Herbs are generally fine in the sun, but they do not like wet feet. Some herbs prefer a sheltered spot, particularly during harsh winters.
Especially thyme and rosemary do not like being exposed to the wind. Some herbs, such as rosemary, also require pruning.
Perennial herbs can be planted in March already. Thyme, rosemary, tarragon and curry plant are resistant to cold nights. For other herbs, it is best to wait until April.
Dill, coriander, sage, basil and rocket are also delicious.
Basil needs a bit of attention: make sure to give it a warm place in the sun.
Herbs like mint and lemon balm can be quite invasive. They should be planted in a bottomless bucket or pot with the edge protruding from the ground by about 5 cm.
If you don’t have green fingers or you don’t know where to start, browse the Royal Horticultural Society website to learn all about herbs and vegetables: www.rhs.org.uk.