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How to Grow Culinary Herbs

Pacific West Perennials has a great selection of herbs for all your culinary needs. All are available in a variety of decorative planters ready to place directly onto a sunny window sill, or in standard nursery pots for planting out.

Some of the most popular herbs to start with are basil, garlic, dill, mint, fennel, cilantro, oregano, chives, chamomile, lavender, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

Choosing Culinary Herbs for an indoor garden

The easiest herbs to grow indoors include mint, chives, parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil.

An indoor sunny window ledge lined with terra cotta pots will keep you in fresh herbs over the winter and bring a wonderful touch of nature to your room.

Choose herbs to suit your own kitchen according to your favourite recipes. If you love Italian cooking you might want to try growing fresh basil, oregano, mint, parley, rosemary sage and thyme in your indoor garden.

If Mexican dishes are your specialty pots of cilantro, oregano, thyme, parsley, mint and marjoram would be a good selection.

How To Plant Herbs in the Garden

The usual planting time is in the spring after the danger of frost has passed especially for annual herbs like basil, dill and summer savoury. Many popular herbs are hardy perennials and can be planted any time during the growing season, even in the fall.

Follow these planting steps:

  • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball (or till up your new planting bed), and work in plenty of organic material.

  • Gently remove the plant from the pot. Be careful – the stems are fragile!

  • If the plant is root-bound, gently loosen or slice the roots a little before planting.

  • Plant perennials at the same depth they were in the pot.

  • Fill in around the plant with soil, and tramp down gently.

  • Sprinkle in a little bone meal (or other source of phosphorus) in the fill dirt, to help the roots become established.

  • Water well. Plan to water every few days for the first week, then at least once a week for 3-4 more weeks. If you’re planting in summer, you’ll need to water regularly until the weather cools.

  • Add a 2”- 3” layer of mulch around the plants.


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