Grow bumper harvests of fresh, tasty herbs with our herb growing kits and herb growing essentials in a few easy steps. Including our Herbgrow Planter designed to keep herbs watered up to 2 weeks at a time.
Our Herb Growing Kits contain everything you need to grow your own herbs all year round and acheive bumper herb harvests. Even if you have an allotment, it's still worth growing a few herb varieties at home as you are more likely to use them as it only takes seconds to snip a few leaves when needed.
When choosing which herbs to grow, try to choose varieties which grow well together, e.g. rosemary, thyme and oregano all enjoy a sunny aspect. Herbs will grow great in a container or one of our Herbgrow, Saladgrow or Quadgrow-Plus Salad & veg Planter.
Rosemary - This aromatic shrub flowers in spring. A range of varieties are now available bearing flowers of white through to pink or blue. Rosemary has many uses:
Thyme - As a small leaved shrub, lemon scented and alpine varieties are available. This versatileherb belongs to the same family as Rosemary, Basil, Marjoram, Oregano and Mint. Thyme has a number of uses:
Basil - Bearing a mild, ainiseed flavour, basil offers a wide variety of uses. It thrives in a sunny position on a windowsill or patio. Be mindful to protect from harsh midday sunlight though , as this can scorch the leaves a little. Basil can be used for:
Oregano & Marjoram - Marjoram is a form of Oregano and can be equally used for similar dishes. These herbs are often used for:
Sweet Bay - A sweetly scented shrub bearing delicate white flowers in late spring, Sweet Bay can be planted in a sunny spot on the patio, growing happily all year round. This can be used in:
Parsley - Grows well in a container or in the garden and is versatile and flavourful and is used in a wide variety of dishes and has had a vast number of medicinal uses throughout history.
Chervil - More subtly flavoured than parsley so will not overpower delicately flavoured dishes such as asparagus. An essential ingredient in French cuisine, chervil can be added to salads, used to garnish pork or veal dishes, used in soups and to flavour butters and vegetables.
Chives - In the garden the scent given off from Chives can confuse undesireable insects such as Aphids when planted near susceptible plants such as Roses, thus keeping them at bay. As a member of the onion family, chives have a delicate onion flavour. Excellent for flavouring:
Taragon - A part of the French ‘Fines Herbes’, Tarragon has a slightly Aniseed flavour. French tarragon has a slightly superior flavour to Russian tarragon and both need protection over the winter. Works exceptionally well with:
Some herb seeds such as Coriander are big enough to handle individual seeds. Place a few in the palm of your hand and place on the surface of the compost at intervals. Gently push them a little way into the compost and knock the side of the pot or tray to redistribute the compost; water in as normal.
When growing herbs, it’s important to ensure that they are well ventilated especially in moist weather. Ensure that seedlings emerge in a light space and that your final growing space is adequately lit.
Herbs are easy to keep fresh with regular harvesting. Chives, Basil, Coriander & Chervil are easy to freeze, meaning they can be preserved for use during winter months. Aromatic herbs such as Rosemary, Oregano & Thyme are all evergreen and should provide you with a supply of flavour & aroma throughout the year.