Growing Herbs at Home
Culinary herbs are some of the easiest of plants to grow and propagate from seed, and herbs from the Umbelliferae family such as Parsley, Coriander, Cumin, Chervil, Dill, Fennel, Lovage and Anise will readily re-seed each year.
All of these herbs, along with Bay, Basil, Chilli, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Tarragon and Thyme have strong antioxidant effects when eaten fresh and are an important part of the healthy Mediterranean type diet.
(Chervil, Dill, Sage, Savory and Tarragon are some of our free seed varieties)
If you are transplanting seedlings into pots, a high quality potting mix provides the best growing medium for container plants. Use a quality mix with the Australian Standards Mark set of ticks which shows that they have passed a series of stringent tests. The two standards for quality Australian potting mixes are : Regular with Black P or Tick and Premium with Red P or Tick. These potting mixes will always maintain a good balance between holding moisture and draining well. This means you can provide plants with the most suitable conditions for healthy growth.
There are many benefits to growing your own herbs – apart from the delicious flavour that freshly picked herbs bring to all your cooking. Herbs don’t need improved soils, so they’re perfect for the novice gardener. Herbs are also the perfect companion plants for vegetables and fruiting plants.
Herbs also emit wonderful fragrances from the essential oil found in the leaves, and the small clustered flowers full of potent nectar, which attract bees, butterflies and many other beneficial insects to your garden, especially the pollinators.
As every chef knows, herbs are the spice of the world; what would Salsa be without fresh Coriander, or Pesto without Basil? Fresh from the garden herbs are a must have for every cook and chef, ever watched a Master Chef episode, or tuned in to Jamie Oliver?
People often don’t realise that it’s not only the leaves of herbs that can be eaten – the flowers are also delicious in salads. Use fresh blooms from borage, chives, basil, fennel, lavender, nasturtiums,and marigolds to brighten and add flavour to salads and vegetable dishes.
From Julia at 'Weekend Notes'. "Fresh herbs are so ridiculously easy to grow, even in the smallest of places, with a handy Herb Garden Kit. When it's as easy, cost-saving and fun as this, I'm not sure why people buy dried herbs, herb paste tubes or fresh herbs - use a sprig or two and then toss the rest out".