Herbs for flavour
Herbs are among the easiest and most rewarding of all edible plants to grow either in a garden or a container. As well as adding flavour to cooking, they also add fragrance to the garden. In spring and summer include mint, oregano, chives, rosemary, sage, parsley, or basil. Mint, chives and parsley are more tolerant of a damp space and less sun, whereas Mediterrean herbs such as rosemary, oregano and sage require free draining soil and heaps of sun. If you don’t have the right conditions in the garden, herbs love to be planted in pots, so consider putting them around your outdoor entertaining area where it’s easy to pick them.
Keep herbs thriving with the occasional watering especially to establish new plants and when times are very hot and dry. Irregular watering can lead some herbs, such as coriander and parsley, to bolt into flower and seed at the expense of leaf growth. Most herbs don’t need lots of fertilisers as it can lead to sappy leaves which lack flavour, so apply a controlled release fertiliser such as PowerFeed Controlled Release All Purpose including Natives every season. Remember to water it in well after application. Pick herbs regularly to keep them growing well.For more information on growing herbs check our our easy guide to growing herbs.