All the herbs I'm mentioning have been growing happily in my garden for some years. Mostly in pots too so if you don't have a large garden, or even a garden at all, growing these herbs is still an option.
They are all perennial, meaning that once you have planted them they will keep coming back year after year, all going well.
Herbs do really well in pots - you basically just have to remember that they need water (even if it has been raining) and nutrition. I repot all my herbs every year with fresh compost and this year I also added chicken manure for extra food. (This is widely available in big tubs and can be used in flower beds or pots).
I also water weekly with liquid seaweed for an extra boost.
Now is the time of year when they look their best in my garden, everything is in full growth and there are plentiful leaves to use in cooking which is the best part about growing herbs.
Don't panic, though, when everything dies down and gets straggly and sad looking at the end of the year, you haven't killed them, they will return!
I've included Lavender also which is considered a herb or flower and has lots of uses in the home.
So, first up, one of my favourites - Mint. Mint is best in pots as it spreads a lot so is better contained.
Here's my mint at the moment:
I use this for mint tea - fresh mint tea is absolutely gorgeous and excellent for the digestion. I basically just pick a load of leaves and rinse and cover with boiling water in a teapot and leave to infuse for a wee bit. The end result is refreshing and soothing and much nicer than teabags. Mint is also great in Summer drinks - mojitos are spring to mind here :) Or just in a cold jug of water with lemon. To make the most of your mint, when picking leaves, pinch off the top leaves with your finger and thumb - this encourages regrowth.
Next up is Sage - this is another herb that makes a really nice tea and it's great for colds. I use the same method as with mint, just infusing in boiling water. (Note, Sage is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding). It's also a good home remedy for sore throat or mouth ulcers, gargling can help relieve the symptoms.
It dies down almost totally in the Winter but you can easily dry some leaves to keep for cooking when it's not in growth. Here's a link for a drying method - Drying Sage in the Oven.
Next up is chives, I really love these because they are gorgeous in salads and I sometimes use them as a substitute for onions or spring onions if I run out. They also die back quite a lot during the Winter but I have them planted around my apple tree and I can usually find enough to use all year round. Now is my favourite time of year for chives as they are starting to flower and the flowers make a gorgeous display in a vase. If you are using for cooking, though, use the younger stalks that haven't yet started to flower as they taste nicer.
Do you have any favourite herbs or uses for herbs?
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