Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mint SOURCE; THEY TASTE GOOD, SMELL GOOD AND CAN LOOK STUNNING IN YOUR BORDERS. SO MAYBE IT'S THYME YOU CONSIDERED A HERB GARDEN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mint SOURCE; THEY TASTE GOOD, SMELL GOOD AND CAN LOOK STUNNING IN YOUR BORDERS. SO MAYBE IT'S THYME YOU CONSIDERED A HERB GARDEN

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Byline: YOUR GARDEN With David Domoney

ERBS are the very heart of cooking - but they can also be a key ingredient in your garden design.

HThere's nothing like opening your back door and snipping fresh mint for your roast lamb, some gorgeous basil for your pasta sauce, or even a little fresh parsley to flavour an omelette.

Besides their culinary uses, herbs like rosemary and lavender can look stunning in your borders and will fill your garden with fragrance.

Water them in the evening especially and they'll release clouds of the most incredible scents.

They are also beneficial to insects, providing sustenance and a home for a range of garden bugs.

Growing herbs can be just as satisfying as using them in the kitchen. And with careful planting, you can enjoy fresh supplies all year round.

Herbs can be grown in the ground, in containers or pots, and even on an indoors windowsill. There are two types to think of when planning your herb patch. Annual/biennial herbs grow quickly and will need to be sown every few weeks through spring and summer to ensure a continuous supply. These include basil, borage, coriander, dill, lemon grass and parsley.

Perennial herbs like chives, fennel, horseradish, mint, oregano, sage and thyme are slower growing and will need to be sown in a permanent area.

They will give you a continuous harvest for your kitchen - so think about how much money you'll save in the supermarket.

Do your research on the herbs you wish to grow so that you can establish their soil requirements and care.

And remember, mint and horseradish can grow and spread rapidly, so if you want them contained, it's best to grow these in pots.

If you are planting outside, think about position. Nearly all herbs need plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil. So whether planting in a border or a window box, you need to make sure you can provide that sunlight.

If your soil is heavy clay, you'll need to incorporate organic manure You can make your own using cast-off wood, or buy them in varying sizes from your garden centre. Either way, each wheel segment should have a different herb, but remember to label each section. …

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