|Starting a herb garden|
In an attempt to combine cooking and gardening, I am trying to grow some herbs, now that we actually have a garden to grow them in.
With more hope than experience I’ve planted some herbs in a little bed at the corner of the house.
It is one of the few that wasn’t packed with loads of other plants – just the bright green virginia creeper on the right in the picture above, multiple bluebells, a small Japanese Quince (I only know this due to Google and a label that says “Chaenomeles speciosa Moerloosei”) and some tenacious ground elder.
My mother-in-law kindly potted up some tarragon, mint and curly parsley from her own garden, and arrived for another visit bearing little pots of majoram, common thyme and thyme archers gold.
I have added a couple of supermarket pots: some chives I bought and forgot to use, and a bargain flat-leaf parsley plant.
The blue ceramic pot contains one of the few plants we brought from our tiny garden in London, some extra mint which I have left in a pot to contain it.
|Wobbly bricks around recently planted herbs|
I am guessing we probably have some herbs elsewhere in the garden as well.
The only ones I have spotted so far are the enormous green bay tree flourishing opposite this herb bed. Given its size, I do not think I will ever have to buy bay leaves again.
|Bay tree flourishing just like the wicked. Watering can added for scale.|
There is also a blue-flowered plant that I assume is another version of mint, and has taken up unlikely residence in the front flower beds.
|Blue flowers – mint? Or not? Unsure about the violet one either.|
Now I am standing well back, trying to remember to water the herbs every so often, reigning in the virginia creeper and continuing my on-going battle with the ground elder.
The chives and flat-leaf parsley do not look terribly happy so far but I remain hopeful. I am not quite sure why – my track record for growing herbs on windowsills is appalling. I would love to grow coriander, as one of the main herbs I use in recipes along with mint and flat-leaf parsley, but have been warned it is rather temperamental.
Any tips for resurrection, or alternative other idiot-proof herbs, would be gratefully received.