APRIL IN THE HERB GAR­DEN…

The Simple Things - - KITCHEN GARDENING -

This is the best time of year l

to start your herb gar­den or to add new plants. Light and warmth are in­creas­ing all the time, en­cour­ag­ing roots to stretch out into the soil, and while it isn’t yet warm enough to sow the del­i­cate heat-lov­ing an­nu­als such as basil, it is cer­tainly a good time to plant the larger sil­very sun-lovers, such as sage and rose­mary, into a sunny spot in the gar­den. They verge on the del­i­cate and slightly ten­der, and need to grow and es­tab­lish all sum­mer if they are to weather next win­ter well.

l Im­prove the soil with grit first, for good drainage. You can plant up pots and troughs filled with gritty com­post with a ta­pes­try of thymes and oreganos, too.

l Over­win­tered pars­ley and chervil can be at their best now so make good use of them be­fore they flower and run to seed. You can sow seeds of pars­ley too, to re­place over­win­tered plants. Rose­mary is hardy and easy to grow but will ‘bolt’ sud­denly so keep it in pots if gar­den space is lim­ited

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