Our herb plants are generally undemanding and easy to grow. Many can be grown in pots and containers or together in beds and herbaceous borders. Most benefit from a sunny position in free draining soil and will need protection from cold winds. The majority of kitchen garden herbs originate from the Mediterranean and Middle East so heat and light are important factors for successful growth. Pick regularly to keep plants compact.
Our plants will be sent out as plug plants and, though they may be left for a day or two to acclimatise to the new conditions, they should otherwise be potted on as soon as possible. If you find a fine mesh around the plugs, there is no need to remove this before potting as the roots can easily grow through it. Whether you plan to plant in beds, borders or large tubs pot up first into 9-10cm (3½-4in) pots, any multi-purpose compost will be fine. Grow on in a sheltered position and when well rooted and hardened off locate them to their final positions outside. Read more
How to preserve Herbs
To dry herbs, hang them in an airing cupboard or other warm place for a week or so, then keep them at room temperature until they are completely dry and brittle. Crush them up and store in air-tight containers. Preserve fresh herbs by chopping them up and filling an ice cube tray, top up with water and freeze, add the frozen ‘herb cubes’ directly to your dishes as required. Show less
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