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!

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Published 22nd October 2019

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