APRIL IN THE HERB GARDEN…
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