Fresh herbs will add flavour, pep up any meal and are so easy to grow. They are happy growing in a container, in a border or even a hanging basket! All they need is poor soil, that is free-draining, and a sheltered spot.
In Autumn and Winter herbs tend to grow at a slower pace but you can still have a harvest to use this Winter by planting now.
If you can buy some small pots of ‘live’ herbs in your supermarket they usually can be divided and potted on. However, you may only have access to seeds, in which case sow the seeds in seed trays, indoors on a windowsill, until they have germinated and formed a second growth of leaves. Pot these on into slightly larger individual pots until big enough to plant out in your chosen spot.
Ideal herbs to sow now to add to your culinary creations are: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Chervil, Sage, Mint, Rosemary and Chives. Be adventurous and grow herbs you’ve never tried using in your cooking before, you might be pleasantly surprised!
Thyme is available in several different flavours and will flourish anywhere in the garden, even between pavers. It doesn’t mind being trodden on! Ever popular Mint is also a valuable herb, why not try some mint tea? Delicious! Mint does need to be grown in a container as it will spread rapidly in the ground. Parsley will grow in a shadier area, along with Parsley and Chives. Oregano will live happily in a semi-shaded spot, Coriander also prefers a semi-shaded position, and can be inclined to flower and go to seed quickly if the leaves aren’t picked regularly.
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.