It is officially only 7 weeks until the first day of spring, so I thought I would inspire you to grow some new herbs this year because herbs are the one collection of plants that can transform a meal into a feast. Simply imagine tossing some Chive flowers, Wild rocket, chopped French parsley, amazing red Pak Choi,
some wonderful crunchy Purslane, and some hot spicy Mustard leaves with some Lettuce and you have a salad to whet all palates.
To me herbs fulfil everything one needs in a garden; they look good, taste good and do you good, what more can you ask of a plant?
Gardening for the table in landscape terminology is short term gardening. It allows the gardener to experiment. It also allows the gardener to be optimistic, for there is ‘always next year’. So by even growing a pot of herbs on a windowsill or some rows of rocket in a container, it connects what you eat to the process of growing. That growing process starts from the soil which is the engine of all gardening, be it in a container or a garden plot. So for those of you who wish to grow your herbs in a window box or container it is well worth investing in a good potting compost .
When growing plants in containers it is also worth investing in a good liquid fertiliser so that you can regularly feed your herbs. Why feed the plants? Well, this is because the plant will quickly use all the nutrients and minerals from the potting compost and, to keep your herbs productive and healthy when grown in a container, you need to supplement their feed.
If the thought of Spring has inspired you I will be running a Propagation day course for 12 people at the Herboretum on April 6th and April 20th and a Herb garden design day course for 14 people on April 13th and May 4th . And for those of you in the UK with eagle eyes the first ten of you to email the herb farm with your postal address will be sent 3 packets of seeds, with our complements, to start your spring sowing.