What to grow in a Herb garden

Herb gardening will save you money and provide great flavours.

No matter how much space you have (even just a windowbox will do), you can afford to grow a herb garden. If you cook with herbs, then you cannot afford not to. Fresh basil costs lots in supermarkets these days but you can grow a years supply yourself for just a few pennies.

What to plant in a herb garden?

If you have never tasted Sweet Cicely, Chervil or Salad Burnet, then don't bother buying seeds for them (in the first year at least). Grow the herbs that you already know you will want to cook with.

The basic easy-to-grow herb garden usually contains: Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme, alongside Basil, Bay, Chives, Dill, Fennel, Tarragon and Mint.

Choose a few herbs from this list and buy seed packets in spring. Plant according to the packet instructions and then, once the plants are a good size, start snipping off whatever you need for the kitchen as and when you need it.


When to plant in a herb garden?

According to gardening expert Monty Don from the BBC's Gardeners World; "A herb garden can be begun at almost any time of year so now is as good a time as any"

How big should a herb garden be?

It depends on the amount of variety you want. You can go as big or small as you have space for. A window box will suffice for a few varieites of herbs. A kitchen garden of an area about 3-4 square metres will allow an average family to be self sufficient in aromatic herbs.