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Hello there, i am new to this gardening forum and new to gardening in general. One of my resolutions this year was to become more green fingered! I would like to create a garden i can really get some use out of i.e. grow fruit/veg etc. I thought i would start fairly simple with herbs. What Herbs should i plant and when? Thanks very much in advance for your feedback! :-)

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  • Posted: Fri. 8th January 2016 13:03

Re: What herbs should I plant and when?

Reply from John Wicks

It depends entirely on what you like to eat. But different herbs like different conditions. Some of my favourites like sage, thyme, rosemary are Mediterranean and like well drained soil in sun. Lay sage leaves on a mackerel fillet, drizzle with a little oil, wrap in streaky bacon and bung it in the oven for about 10 minutes. Delicious. Mint likes it moister, I pick it when it is young and make mint sauce which I then freeze into ice cubes and use as needed; I also make mint and apple jelly. Mint tea is good too. Chives don't seem too fussy about soil and position and are pretty in the flower border (their flowers are edible) and go well in a potato salad. They are a good companion plant as they deter greenfly. Golden oregano - good on pizzas - also attracts beneficial insects, as does borage. Its flowers taste of cucumber - find recipes at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/borage. Dill attracts good insects like hoverflies and is good in pickles (I add some to my pickled courgettes). There is plenty to choose from. Just do it!

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd June 2016 16:27