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Herbs give your cooking amazing flavours but they can be expensive to buy and usually you don’t need the whole bunch in your recipe so it gets wasted.

The solution is to start your own herb garden and grow the herbs you use most frequently.

You don’t need a lot of room, or even a garden! Herbs can be planted indoors on window ledges, on balcony’s, in pots or in a garden bed.

What you’ll need:

  • Pots (if using)
  • Potting mix
  • Herb seedlings

Steps:

  1. Buy pots (or reuse old plant pots), potting mix and some herb seedlings.
  2. Fill pots with soil and plant each herb in a pot.
  3. Water herbs and place in a sunny position. Herbs grow quickly with sun and water.
  4. Pick herbs as required for your cooking.

We currently have sage, basil, rosemary, parsley, mint and thyme growing in our garden and it’s so handy, I love picking some fresh for my cooking and the flavours are amazing. We have our herbs in old plastic plant pots which is cheap and also reuses the old pots.

Do you have a herb garden? Please SHARE any tips you might have in the comments below.

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  • Oh I would love to have a little herb garden

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  • Have seriously been thinking about this today and I found a nice little spot but I just don’t know what I would use fresh.

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  • We have started a wonderful herb garden

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  • fabulous there is nothing better than fresh herbs

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  • I love a herb garden – love fresh herbs.

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  • I love growing parsley (especially Italian flat leaf parsley). I haven’t bought any in years as I let it flower and seed. So easy and so lovely to eat.


    • Herbs are definitely cheap and easy to grow.

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  • Keep the mint contained as it can spread everywhere and become a weed.

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  • Parsley seeds at the end of its usefulness. You may be able to dry the seeds and use them to plant more. One of my neighbours has it coming up everywhere. The previous owner obviously let some go to seed. Now they are even coming up between the pavers. If you keep it picked regularly it should keeping producing parsley for a few months

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  • Have have some rosemary growing. My neighbour grows lots of herbs

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  • Herb gardens are the way to start a love of gardening – I have all the herbs growing mostly all year round and it’s wonderful to just pick them when they are needed in a recipe or just to add a different taste to your spag. bog. or other mundane everyday liked meal.

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  • I am so terrible in the garden, my herbs always die! But I am determined to get a herb garden going again and this time I will be extra good at looking after them!

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  • love the use of the pot with the different holes for herbs. looks great!

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  • I love my herb garden. When it gets too big, I cut it back and dry them to use later. We’ve got basil, oregano, mint, chocolate mint, chives, garlic chives, shallots, thyme, rosemary, curry plant, mushroom plant, sage, parsley, wasabi rocket, and (I know there’s others I’ve forgotten).
    I find the hardy ones are the chives, oregano, and rosemary. Mint love water. Basil will go woody if allowed to flower, and will die (I dry excess to use when my new plants are still growing). Oregano and mint are invasive and will keep spreading if not confined.
    I’m always looking for new varieties to try. I have some in pots, some in the garden, and some on my kitchen window sill. I love the smell of my new curry plant (like opening a Keens tin), but it is not a strong overpowering flavour. I find the flavour of the mushroom plant when raw isn’t a favourite, but thrown in soups and stews gives that extra flavour hit when you don’t have real mushrooms on hand. Have fun trying!


    • So many wonderful ideas. I’d love to try with the curry leaves too!!

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  • Ooh I would love to have a herb garden. I’ve given my in laws (we live with them) pumpkins seeds that sprouted with a bit of water in a snap lock bag. We now have a massive pumpkin patch in our back yard. I’ve also managed to get an avocado to sprout. Wealso have passionfruit, pineapple, tomatoes growing in the yard. It’s so rewarding using your own home grown plants. You feel accomplished and proud of what you’ve grown.

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  • yeah i love herb gardens. they are usually pretty hardy so as long as you keep watering them, it’ll be right


    • i have garlic chives and even if they look dead, a bit of rain will get them green and growing again.

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