Growing Herbs

As I mentioned before, in addition to all the vegetables growing on our windowsills and in the polytunnel we have quite a few herbs beginning to grow more quickly now the weather is warming up.

Coriander, for leaf and eventually seed and chives which are fantastic as a companion plant.
Coriander, for leaf and eventually seed and chives which are fantastic as a companion plant.
Parsley and Chervil, both of which did very well in the allotment last year. They are both very handy in the kitchen.
Parsley and Chervil, both of which did very well in the allotment last year. They are both very handy in the kitchen.
Thyme and dill. Thyme is also a good companion plant and dill is the one plant that doesn't mind fennel for a neighbour.
Thyme and dill. Thyme is also a good companion plant and dill is the one plant that doesn’t mind fennel for a neighbour.

Over the next month or so I will be pricking out some of these herbs for use in the polytunnel, vegetable beds and planned herb spiral. I will also be sowing the next batch of seeds this weekend. No matter how small a space you have – growing a few herbs could be a fantastic step on the way to self-sufficiency. If you have a full-blown permaculture garden then herbs are an essential part of the ecosystem as well as useful and delicious culinary condiments. Your kitchen and/or garden will be happier places for very little effort.

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