Preparing for those long hazy days by making your own herb garden. It can’t be too long now before we can shed some layers, tuck into some delicious salads and sip a cooling Pimms or two ~ can it? You’ll be glad you have an herb garden at your fingertips.
Step 1Option 1 – Instant Herb GardenTake the herb wheel and arrange your herb pots around the outside. As you arrange the pots think about how your herb garden will eventually look – take into account the height, texture, density and leaf shape of each of the plants. Once you’re happy, start with largest herb, remove its pot and very gently tease the roots out a little bit to encourage them to spread out once they are planted. Then place the plant into the herb wheel. Repeat with the other 4 plants ensuring that they are evenly spaced out. Fill in the gaps with the extra soil and gently pat down. Water the plants and leave to bed in for a day.
Step 2Option 2 – Less Instant Herb Garden (4-6 weeks)Fill the herb wheel about three quarters full with soil. Taking each packet in turn sprinkle a small handful of seeds in the soil. Again ensure your plants are evenly spaced. Once all the seeds are sown, top up the herb wheel with some more soil to cover the seeds and gently press down. Water and cover with cling film so the soil retains its moisture. Place in a sunny spot and water if needed. When the seedlings start to emerge remove the cling film and continue to water as needed. Although this option takes longer to produce results, it would be a great project to do with kids. They could be in charge of watering and measuring the plants growth, as well as keeping a log of which herb is growing the fastest.