Our top 5 herbs to grow this year have been chosen for their easy-to-grow habits, tastiness on the dish and benefits to wildlife. There are so many herbs to grow that you may want to try all of them or add in some of your favourites. We always recommend growing at least one herb you regularly cook with and at least one other you’ve never tried before. That way, you can experiment with growing something new, but with the assurance that you’ll also have some herbs to use in the kitchen. We love herbs, and most can be grown from seeds or bought as a container-grown plant and planted out where you want them to grow.
- Pineapple Sage
Basil is perfect for pizza and pasta dishes, and homegrown Basil has an incredible flavour that can’t be rivalled with shop-bought packets. Basil needs a sunny, sheltered position in well-drained compost and grows well in the sun whether planted in the ground or containers. A warm sunny windowsill will do if you have little or no space. Basil will grow all summer and can be potted up numerous times as the roots pop out of the bottom.
Parsley is perhaps the herb most used in the kitchen and is packed with nutrients. It’s easy to grow from seed or get a head start with one already growing in a pot. Curly or Flat Leaf Parsley is a tasty and nutritious addition to recipes. If you sow from seed, be patient as they can take a month to grow, but it will be well worth it. Keep them well watered and keep harvesting to encourage more growth.
Pineapple Sage is grown not just for the pineapple-flavoured foliage but also for the bright pink/reddish, sweet-tasting flowers. They also attract pollinators and look pretty! A very easy perennial to grow, Pineapple Sage needs well-drained soil with lots of light but shade from hot sun and water as needed throughout the year.
Oregano is highly nutritious, can be used in all kinds of recipes, like most herbs, and can be dried and stored for use all year around. Oregano, like most herbs, can be grown in a container or a border, and although it will require water regularly, don’t overwater as this can cause the roots to rot. Keeping the plants in shape is easy by picking to eat and trimming after flowering in summer. The flowers will attract numerous pollinators and is a joy to see.
Rosemary is a woody herb that can grow for years and years with pretty little purple flowers perfect for pollinators. Cut back the stems after flowering to stop them from getting too leggy. Rosemary doesn’t need much watering unless it is scorched, and some organic plant feed can help to keep them healthy.
We have a range of herbs in store, both seeds and plants. Visit us to choose which you will grow this year.