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8 easiest and must-have herbs to grow at home

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If you’re a cooking enthusiast or fancy yourself a bit of an at-home chef, then you’ve probably dropped some serious coin on expensive supermarke­t herbs in the past.

With social distancing in place due to Coronaviru­s, now is a great time to be thinking about putting in some tasty and nutritious herbs. Not only will your wallet thank you but your isolation-cooking will be so much tastier with the addition of fresh herbs/

The good news is that growing herbs at home is both affordable and easy – you just need to know what to plant and where.

With that in mind, here’s our guide to eight of the easiest herbs to grow at home and some essential things you should know before you get started.

1. Coriander

Summer is not ideal for coriander to grow but spring, winter and autumn should see your coriander plant in full bloom, which means now is a great time for many Australian­s. Coriander plants like sunny spots in the garden, well-drained soil, regular watering and fertilisin­g.

When embarking on a journey to learn how to grow herbs in pots, coriander is your go-to. While it also grows well in the ground, coriander makes for an excellent container mate for other plants and herbs. Coriander is a pungent herb that complement­s Indian and Asian dishes.

2. Basil

Delicious basil is a leafy and fragrant herb that grows beautifull­y in full sunlight. Basil loves moist but well-drained soil and requires lots of pruning when it’s in full season.

Growing basil is easier than you think once you get the hang of it. When a branch of your basil has seven or eight leaves, it’s time to give it a prune to allow for new growth.

Basil works well in Italian dishes and can be made into pesto pasta sauces or added to salads.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is arguably the easiest herb to grow. If you plant it in a good spot, it will provide you with more rosemary than you’ll ever be able to cook with.

Rosemary plants can grow quite tall and wide but can still live happily in large pots and containers. It can survive well in hot and dry climates so be careful not to over water or over fertilise it.

Rosemary is a hearty herb that works well with winter foods like soups, stews and baked potatoes.

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