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Grow Your Own Herbs

Written by: Jess Cooling | Saturday 7th April 2018

Grown Your Own Herbs

Our children may not have seen Michael Bond’s BBC TV series “The Herbs”,

but many of us have very fond memories of this delightful programme. The programme introduced us to characters like Parsley the Lion, Dill the Dog, and Sir Basil and Lady Rosemary.  These all represented herbs that are delicious and easy to grow – an ideal introduction to gardening for children.

You don’t need a big plot,

herbs grow happily in pots or containers in a range of different soils and conditions, but they thrive better if their natural habitat is simulated.  As a general rule, plants with small needle-shaped or grey leaves such as thymes, lavenders and sages, need full sun and well drained soils. However, mints and other herbs with larger leaves don’t mind being in a shadier location.  Grow herbs from seeds and you can start them off in a pot on a windowsill then move them outside when the plants are bigger.  You can plant them out in the garden or keep them in a container near the kitchen door to have a delicious supply of fresh herbs ready to cook with.

Perhaps you children would enjoy

a tasty, culinary herb garden filled with a variety of seasoning herbs. Choose a theme like a Spaghetti or Pizza herb garden.  Great choices here include oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic.  Once the herbs have been harvested, use them in making their favourite tea time treats!

Another simple idea

is to put a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme into a small bottle of olive oil and leave to infuse for a few days.  Mixed with vinegar, this can be used as a salad dressing.  Alternatively, pour a little over roasting potatoes before cooking for a taste of the Mediterranean.

Aromatic herbs make a wonderful teaching focus for children.

The fragrances of many herbs were once used to mask unattractive odours, keeping homes (and even bodies!) smelling fresh.  These are still used today in perfumes, potpourri, and some natural make-ups.  Encourage your children to plant a fragrant herb garden, which might include herbs like rosemary, chamomile, lavender, thyme, or mint, then help them come up with ways for creating their own fragrances from their favourite herbs.  For instance, make some potpourri sachets by placing dried herbs in fabric pouches.  After harvesting their herbs, use rubber bands to bundle them together and hang until dry.  Once the herbs have dried completely, they can be crushed, placed in the pouches and tied with a pretty bow to make beautiful home-made gifts.

Coolings Green & Pleasant has everything you need to create a delicious herb garden, so visit today and enjoy The Herbs!