Top 10 Herbs to Grow NowPublished on 24th May 2017
Man has been cultivating herbs for centuries, using them for their medicinal, preservative and flavour-enhancing properties. Despite their reputation however, herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow, even for those with limited space. As summer is the very best herb growing season, we thought we’d give you a handy Apropos guide to 10 herbs that will spice up your summer.
Basil – Distinctively flavoursome and aromatic, basil is a bright, attractive plant, which is extremely happy growing in a pot on a sunny windowsill. Cooked or raw, it brings a fresh, spicy savour to any meal and is available in a number of varieties.
Borage – Pretty, perfect for pollinators and versatile, borage only needs to see soil to take root! With a cucumber-like flavour, young borage leaves work well in salads, dips, pickles and teas. The flowers make an excellent party talking-point when frozen into ice cubes.
Chives – Easy to grow, chives thrive in both sunlight and shade, providing ground-cover year round, pretty flowers in summer (which bees love), and a mild onion flavour in a variety of dishes. A must in potato salad, they also shine with fish.
Common Sage – Like most Mediterranean herbs, sage likes to be grown in a soil that offers plenty of drainage, keep that in mind and you can’t go far wrong. As well as being a stuffing staple, sage works well with chicken, pumpkin, trout and pasta.
Lemongrass – Although exotic, lemongrass makes a good container plant. Most widely used in Thai dishes, lemongrass also gives a boost to western cuisine, lifting fish, enhancing deserts such as crème brulee, and making amazing vodka cocktails.
Mint – Once established, mint can be difficult to control, so it is best grown in large pots. Refreshing and zingy, mint is a fabulous digestive aid and can be used in anything from soups to teas. If you’re a fan of the mojito, mint is a must for you!
Parsley – In the summer, there is nothing easier to grow than parsley; simply place the seeds on soil, water and wait for a green explosion. Possibly the most widely used herb, parsley can lift a soup, spice up a salad, transform a stew and enhance a sauce.
Rosemary – Completely hardy, almost impossible to kill, rosemary is a herb that thrives on neglect and can grow almost anywhere. Widely used in lamb dishes, rosemary also works well with roast potatoes, sticky onions, or baked into bread.
Sorrell – A hugely underrated herb, sorrel adds a delicious, savoury-citrus flavour to soups, stews, risottos and pasta dishes, and works particularly well with carrots. It’s quite happy in a pot, but planted in the garden it will come back year after.
Thyme – A member of the mint family, thyme is one of our most popular herbs, and grows particularly well in a patio container. Best used in stews, stuffing, marinades, omelettes or scrambled eggs.
Top tip: for instant results buy cheap supermarket herb plants – if you re-pot them, giving them fresh soil, more room and added nutrients they will reward you with fresh herbs for months or even years to come.
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