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Tips on How to Grow Your Own Herb GardenWith Spring in full bloom, we have been feeling inspired to create our own herb garden, planting an array of herbs to add that extra flavour to those Spring dishes! With this in mind, we want to share with you some helpful hints and tips that show just how easy it is to create and maintain your own herb garden. So why not impress yourself and your friends by including your own herbs within each of your dishes! Whether you have that small amount of space indoors on a window ledge or a shelf or outdoors on the patio or in the flower bed, these handy tips will help you along the way in creating your own unique herb garden. Spring is the best time of year to plant a herb garden so why not go for it! 1. Herb control! Some herbs can be a little unruly and have a tendency to be invasive and overcrowd other herbs and plants so in order to keep this at bay, try planting your herbs in plant pots or barrels depending on how much space you have and how much you want to grow. You can also surround the plant pots with soil to conceal them within the ground whilst keeping them contained in their pots. Top tip: Always keep an eye on your herbs, particularly Mint and Basil as they can quickly overgrow and get out of hand. Regular pruning and trimming is recommended. 2. Indoor and Outdoor Herbs Depending on where you choose to grow your herb garden will depend on which herbs to grow, as some can thrive all year round in the shade whereas others need direct sunlight. Some even require part-shade to grow such as mint. Indoors is best for vigorous herbs including Comfrey and Lemon Balm but Rosemary, Sage and Thyme can also be grown indoors as well as out in the sun. Herbs best grown outdoors include Tarragon, Parsley, Oregano and Basil – not only great in an array of dishes but also ideal for adding that Spring-Summer scent! You can also try growing them with Pansies and Violas to create edible flowers, adding colour and creative presentation to your dishes. Top tip: Grow from seedlings for the best results. 3. How To Get the Best Out of Your Herbs To harvest your outdoor herbs, gather them together in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun has time to dry them out. For indoor herbs if you wish to use them in cooking, strip the leaves off near the top by sliding your thumb and forefinger down the stem and add to your ingredients. Alternatively, if you are using the herbs to infuse your recipes then tie them together so that they are easy to remove. Top tip: Don’t pick the leaves from the bottom as the base helps to get your herbs growing neatly upright. 4. Don’t Forget To Water Your Herbs! Keep your herbs in top condition by watering them with a small amount of water every day, it is important to keep the soil moist without soaking the herbs. Top Tip: Use a small water hose or watering can to help to allow the water to seep into the herbs and soil without wasting any water. We hope these tips help you on your way in creating your own herb garden! Send with us your herb recipes via Facebook and Twitter, we would love to see your herb inspired dishes!
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