- Select Herbs that you like and will use.
- Purchase herbs according to the type of cooking that you do
Some examples of herbs used in different cuisines are:
• Vietnamese Mint
Add to any of the above herbs:
Choose a sunny location close to the house to plant your herbs.
The closer to the kitchen the better, and the more likely you are to use what you have planted.
Prepare the soil for planting.
Use a good quality potting mix if planting herbs in a pot, or ensure your soil is rich in nutrients. I add Blood and Bone fertiliser to my soil prior to planting
Plant your seedlings as per the label instructions for spacing between plants
Understand how tall the plants grow and how wide they spread and plant accordingly – eg: plant lemongrass and tall herbs at the back of a patch, not at the front. Plant spreading plants alone, in a pot is best (eg: Mint, Oregano)
Plant herbs with similar requirements together
Those with high water requirements (in the heat) such as Vietnamese mint
Plant less robust herbs under taller ones
Coriander will quickly go to seed in very hot weather. I have managed to keep one of my plants thriving by tucking it under my Rosemary so that it is sheltered from the direct summer sun.
- Water the seedlings once they are planted and then water at least every second day, more frequently if the weather is hot
- Cover with a net if birds are a problem in your area. They tend to demolish new seedlings quickly. Leave the net on for a couple of weeks until the plants get established
- Prior to planting your new seedlings save your egg shells until they are dry and crush them around the new seedlings to deter snails
- Fertilise new plants with Seasol or a similar product within a week of planting
- Mulch with pea straw, or similar, to retain moisture in the warm weather
- Monitor the progress of your plants often
Trim back with scissors if you notice a large growth spurt that occurs in a couple of days to avoid the plant going to seed
- Keep track of what you have planted and when as well as how it grows. I do this via my Garden Record Journal. I use it to record the growing and harvest progress of My Patch so that I can make changes the next time I plant that herb or vegetable
To read more and read handy tips about growing herbs visit http://afreshlegacy.net/grow-herbs-at-home