Growing Kitchen Herbs in
By Jill Black
There is nothing quite like the use of fresh herbs to add subtle
flavor when cooking and a collection of herbs in containers outside the back
door is not only useful but can be decorative as well.
For the cook who doesn't have a garden, herbs can be
successfully grown in window boxes, troughs, shallow tubs, hanging baskets,
bowls or Pots. All they ask is a well drained potting mix, a little food, water,
sunshine and protection from the wind.
Growing herbs in containers has the added advantage of easy
movability. This ensures that plants can be placed in the best possible growing
position for light and sun.
Feeding and watering can be tailored to fit each individual
herbs requirements and many herbs that would not survive outside during winter
can be retained all year round by bringing indoors.
Herbs can be annuals or bi-annuals or perennials.
Annuals are planted during the spring and summer months from
seed or seedlings. If growing from seed, sow extra seed and thin later.
Perennials tend to become spindly and need to be trimmed in late
summer to encourage strong growth and keep the plants looking good.
When watering herbs ensure plants are well soaked then leave
until the soil surface becomes dry otherwise they will quickly die if
For single plants a pot 25cm in diameter is sufficient. Larger
pots are used to hold a variety of plants.
A 45cm bowl is sufficient to hold 1 parsley, 1 lemon thyme, 1
chive and 1 oregano plant.
A 50cm standard pot will be required by herbs with deeper roots
such as rosemary and lavender. These can be under planted with low growing herbs
or flowering annuals.
Herbs are very hardy, easy to grow and reward you well for your
efforts so why not give them a try!