If you’ve told yourself that 2019 is the year when you’ll start growing more of your own produce, a great place to start is with a herb garden.
No matter how small your outdoor space is, you’ll be able to cultivate some herbs and there’s nothing quite like having fresh, homegrown herbs to throw into your cooking. Who knows, it could even elevate your culinary creations?
And if you’re worried that you won’t have time to look after them properly, think about paying for garden maintenance in Enfield.
But back to setting up your herb garden. An article for Smallholder recently shared some top tips to make sure your herbs thrive and that you have a variety of flavours to use in your cooking.
Speaking to the news provider, Tim Evans, horticulture buying manager at Wyevale Garden Centres, explained that you shouldn’t have more than three herb plants in a single pot because otherwise they will compete with one another.
He recommends combining rosemary, parsley and chives in a single pot, adding that the rosemary will “keep going” but that the chives and parsley will “slow during the cooler months”.
Another top tip is to buy a bay tree. “There’s all you need for bolognese and other Italian cooking, and it’s also architectural as well as a food source,” he stated.
Country Life suggested earlier this month that you should also grow your own potatoes if you have space.
The magazine recommended investing in early potato varieties, which are harvested before midsummer, to avoid potential issues with blight, although did acknowledge that these tend to be the most expensive potato varieties to buy.