Grow your own herbs
Enjoy cooking with home-grown herbs by following our step-by-step guide.
Follow these steps...
- Put a layer of drainage material to cover the holes in the base of the pot.
- Add compost until it is 5cm/2in below the rim of the pot, firm it gently with your fingers, mix in slow-release fertiliser just below the surface, using the amount recommended on the packet.
- Plant the fennel in the centre at the back, 'love in a mist' and cornflower in a second row, about 10cm/4in apart, then the sage and lavender at the front.
- Fill gaps between plants with compost, then water slowly so it soaks through the compost.
Many herbs have colourful leaves that look wonderful when planted with flowers, and make a simple stylish container for a sunny spot. Try the ones suggested here, or use your favourites such as basil, chives and parsley.
Caring for your plants
Touch the surface of the compost, then water only if it feels dry. In warm, sunny weather, this can be as often as every day. Don't over-water. Remove flowers as they fade to encourage the plants to produce more. Harvest herbs as you need them.
If you want to store them, wrap first in damp kitchen roll, then cling film. Store roll in fridge.