If you are a beginner and don’t feel confident in growing things, start by growing some herbs.
Rosemary, Coriander and Sage pictured above can be grown in pots or in your garden.
Rosemary: Delicious and aromatic rosemary is native to the Mediterranean. It would thrive in hot dry climates and is drought tolerant. It can easily be grown from cuttings or seedlings bought from your nursery. This is a woody perennial that will last for about 6 years
Newly planted rosemary needs to be watered frequently for the first three weeks to help it get established. But after that it needs very little watering. Too much watering or soil with bad drainage could kill it. If pot grown, water when the soil is dry. It loves full sun.
It is nice to have fresh coriander growing right by your kitchen where you can easily pick them.
Widely used in Asian, Mexican and Middle eastern cooking, they do well in pots or in the ground and can be grown by seeds or plugs. Grows in full sun or part shade. It can be grown from autumn through to early winter and does better during cooler months.
Coriander is rather short lived during warm weather, going to seed rather quickly. Best to plant it in its final position and not disturb it to stop it from going to seed too soon.
The whole of the coriander plant can be used in different types of cooking. I use fresh coriander leaves in curries, and in Mexican dips. Ground and lightly roasted coriander powder gives a beautiful flavour to curries.
Popular in Italian cooking, sage has a strong flavour that teams well in gnocchi, pasta, soups and meat dishes.
Sage can be propagated by stem cuttings or seedlings and grows well in rich, well-draining soil. Too much water will kill it. Insert you finger in the soil to test if it needs watering.
This is an evergreen shrub and can be grown as a decorative garden border in full sun.
Thyme, Oregano and Marjoram are Perennial herbs that grow all year around in a cool to temperate climate. These are woody herbs that are drought tolerant and thrives on neglect.
Thyme loves full sun, grows well in containers or in the ground and can be cut back to enhance new growth. Plant seedlings in well drained soil.
Oregano can be grown as a ground cover and also prefers full sun and well drained soil. Can be propagated with stem cuttings.
Marjoram is a hardy perennial that is suited to growing in containers or in the ground. The flavour of marjoram is similar to oregano but sweeter. It’s a good herb that will attract butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden.
Flat leave parsley has a strong robust flavour compared to Curly Leaf Parsley. Flat leaf along with it’s stem can be used in stir fries, soups and tabouli.
Curly leaf parsley is often over-looked and used as a garnish and has a slightly bitter flavour.
Both varities grow as a peranial and self seeds year after year. Can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
Parsley seed or seedlings can be started anytime in spring, summer or autumn. You will have better success with germination if you soak the seeds overnight.
High in antioxidants and wonderful health benefits, parsley is great for adding to your fresh juices.
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