Grow Your Own

A Herb Garden – What should you grow?

A herb garden is probably one of the easiest ways to start off growing your own foods. Herbs don’t take up a lot of space, they are cheap to get hold of, they grow easily, they smell amazing and they add so much flavour into your food. Growing herbs can even be done in a flat and they’re a brilliant way to get children involved in the process of growing your own food.

One of the really great things about having a herb garden is that they can look amazing and there are so many different ways that you can grow them. A few little pots of herbs on the kitchen windowsill can look good and will leave your kitchen smelling amazing as well. In the garden, they can go into the grown, in planters, into tyres, or even into hanging baskets. In my garden I have them in old food tins that I drilled a hole into, sprayed and then hooked on to my fence. They look really good.

Herb Garden essentials:

What you consider essential in your herb garden would depend on what sort of things you want to use them for. I use mine for a lot of cooking and for herbal remedies. This means my patch is quite big. I have a large patch of my allotment put aside purely for herbs but the ones I use a lot for cooking are also found in my garden.

  • Mint – This tends to take over so I would advise planting it alone or leaving it in its pot if it’s going into a planter to minimise its root spread and growth. If not you will end up only having mint in your herb garden.
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Italian Basil
  • Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Dill
  • Coriander

Nice Herbs to have

These are herbs that are nice to have if you are able to find the space for them but wouldn’t be considered essential for me. I like them, they add flavour and variety but are less used than the ones in my essential list.

  • Chocolate Mint
  • Garlic Chives
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Thai Basil
  • Curly Leaf Parsley
  • Chamomile