Fresh herbs can be a fantastic addition to your culinary delights, adding a new depth of flavour to your dishes, and adding a touch of freshness and vibrancy to its aesthetic. If you love to get out in the garden, or are somewhat of a gardening rookie, herbs are a great plant to grow. Traditionally, herbs are grown through the warmer seasons of spring and summer, and then tend to die out later in the year. However, we’ve got a handy guide to help you to keep your herbs alive all year around so that you can add them in to every one of your delicious dishes!
Best all year round herbs:
These are some of the best herbs which you can keep growing all year around, this is largely because they don’t need tropical heat, and can be potted and grown inside:
How to grow herbs indoors:
Growing herbs indoors is fantastic for the winter, as it means you can keep an air of freshness in your home, and also still enjoy fresh herbs in your dishes all year around. Naturally, plants thrive better in an outdoor environment, and we love nothing more than popping on our favourite set of country clothing and heading out for a spot of gardening! With the hardy plants that make it through the winter, it is a treat to head outside, even in the colder seasons, to enjoy the outdoor world! Winter gardening isn’t for everyone though, so if you want to enjoy fresh herbs without having to brave the elements, our guide to growing herbs indoors is here to help.
If you’re starting off growing herbs in the winter, you mind find that you’re better off purchasing the last of the seasons herbs from the garden centre and re-potting them. The colder weather can often inhibit the growing process and make it much slower, so those starting from scratch may need a head start. Or, if you have some herbs already growing in your garden, you can simply bring them inside and re-pot them!
If you’re feeling confident however, then you can try growing them from the seeds, and if you start now, you’ll catch the end of the summer season so your plants should thrive in their kindling stage! To start, sow the herb seeds of your choice onto the surface of a free-draining seed compost or soil. Cover these seeds with a plastic bag (with holes) and leave the seeds somewhere above 18 degrees to germinate.
The germination period usually takes between 5 and 10 days, however this often depends on the species of plant. Once the seeds begin to grow, you can then remove the plastic cover, and leave to continue their growth. These should ideally be situated on a windowsill, or somewhere that the herbs can enjoy a spot of sunlight throughout the day.
Once the germination period is over, you can re-pot the plants if you wish with fresh soil. Then, once the plant starts growing, you should feed and harvest them regularly, as this can help these kinds of plants to grow faster. Be sure to prune any dead leaves or heads throughout the year, and be aware that during the autumn and winter months, the herbs will often grow at a slower rate than in the summer. With careful care, you should be able to keep them alive all year around and enjoy using them in a wide variety of dishes!