Monthly Archives: March 2010

How to Grow Fennel

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Varieties There are two main types, Florence fennel with its green leaves and bronze fennel with beautifully deep-coloured foliage. But of Florence fennel, there are lots of varieties which have been bred for their superior taste, yield or resistance to… Read More

How to Grow Dill

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This parsley-like herb has a distinctive flavour and aroma all its own. Try it with curries and other Asian dishes or add a few leaves to fresh green salads to give them a twist. Of course also an essential ingredient… Read More

How to Grow Coriander

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This parsley-like herb has a distinctive flavour and aroma all its own. Try it with curries and other Asian dishes or add a few leaves to fresh green salads to give them a twist. Of course also an essential ingredient… Read More

How to Grow Chives

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One of the prettiest members of the onion family, chives are a treat in the ornamental garden as well as on the veg plot or herb garden. Unfussy and easy to grow, they can be harvested for much of the… Read More

How to Grow Bay Leaf

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Bay (Laurus nobilis) has long been used as a medicinal and culinary herb, however it is such a lovely plant in its own right that even if you only use a few leaves in the kitchen, it is still worth… Read More

How to Grow Basil

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Basil has become enormously popular for adding to pizzas, pesto and many other Mediterranean dishes. Plants are available year-round from the supermarket, but can be grown from seed very easily on a sunny windowsill as well as in pots and… Read More

Harvesting and storing your herbs

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Many of your home-grown herbs will be available from spring and right through the summer. A few, such as coriander, are short-lived and do need to be sown on a regular basis if they are to be picked at their… Read More

Maintaining your herb beds and pots

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Most herbs need very little attention once planted. However, just a little care will pay dividends and ensure that your plants look great and produce plenty of fresh leaves and stems for you to use in the kitchen or on… Read More

Make a herb bed

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Herb wheel A traditional way of growing herbs was to place a cartwheel on the ground and plant up between the spokes. There are not so many cart wheels about now but you can use the principle and make your… Read More

What herbs to grow and where

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Herbs for windowsills Basil Parsley Coriander Herbs for hot spots Rosemary Sage Lavender Herbs to make low hedging Cotton lavender Hyssop Lavender Curry plant Rosemary Hanging over edge of walls Corsican blue rosemary Creeping thymes Dappled shade Angelica Bergamot Comfrey… Read More

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