My herb garden is one of my favourite parts of the garden, and so important for my culinary pursuits. As you work in planting the herbs the air is just filled with the aroma – so lovely.
I love using fresh herbs in my cooking a spaghetti Bolognese or a crisp summer salad they can all benefit from a sprinkling of fresh herbs. This year my herb garden had overgrown its boundaries and I felt a little love and attention was required. In the heb garden – part 1 I will show you haow I am sorting and seperating the herbs and using them in other parts of the garden.
Now dont get me wrong I am not complaining that the Oregano has truly blossomed and I now have abundant quantities but it did need moving and splitting and so it was I set about taming my little patch.
My little herb patch is right outside the kitchen door so it makes it easy to nip out and chop what is needed. Growing in this garden I have:
- Sweet Marjoram
- Oregano, variagated and golden
- Lemon Balm
When planting mint keep it in a pot in the ground or plant it in its own patch away from anything else. This is because it spreads and will invade any other plant around it. Unfortunately the pot I had mine in had broken (probably due to the hard winter) and so I had an invasion of mint.
I decided that I would plant all of the stray mint in an empty corner that way it can spread and settle itself in. I have also kept a pot in the herb garden so that I have some handy for a cup of tea.
Next I split the Marjoram and the Oregano again keeping a small clump and then transplanting great clumps of it around the garden, this I can then harvest and dry to use through out the winter.
Chives I kept a few clumps of these to use on new potatoes and salads and again I transplanted 2 more clumps down by the greenhouse.
The Thymes were in pots but they seemed to have stopped growing so I decided they would be better in the ground.
The Rosemary plants were the same I’d had them in pots for a couple of years and decided they would do better in the ground.
So there we have it My Herb Garden is back to having growing space and the rest of my garden is now a lot more fragrant and I have clumps of my favourites to harvest.
In part 2 I will tell you how to split and transplant your herbs and also what ones are hardy and will see you through the winter.
Did you know herbs are not just for cooking – you can also use them for ailments and beauty treatments . . but that is another post!
What do you have growing in your herb garden – do you have favourite herbs you grow – I would love to hear from you.
Take care and thank you for reading
Till next time
Katie x www.katiecraig.co.uk