Your herb garden - 05. March 2021

What is more pleasant than harvesting fresh herbs on the balcony or in the garden, and using them directly in the kitchen? With a little planning, this can be accomplished without any problems.

Choose your varieties

Make a list of your favourite herbs. Even on a balcony or on a sunny windowsill, many varieties are popular. Take a look at your spice cabinet in the kitchen for some inspiration.

Annual herbs:

Basil, coriander, parsley, dill, borage, chervil, marjoram, rocket

Multi-annual herbs:

Oregano, mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, chives, fennel etc.

Many multi-annual herbs do not sow well, so we advise buying plants in an organic garden centre.

Your herb garden

Where to place them: In the sunshine!

Most herbs thrive in a warm, sunny place. Choose a location with at least half the day's sunshine, whether in the garden, on the balcony or on a windowsill. Plant high growing plants such as rosemary on the back or against a wall so that they do not shadow the other varieties.

Planting

If you buy plants, be careful to have enough soil in your pot, and avoid letting them sit in standing water. You can find our advice on this topic here.

Take a pot, preferably very large, so that the plant can grow properly. This will allow enough water to be stored even for a very hot weekend.

Seeds require patience

Many herbs are still in a fairly "wild" state and can show capricious germination behaviours. It is easy for herbs to appear only 2-3 weeks after planting. Plant your organic seeds in a good soil for planting from April, and keep them moist at a constant temperature of at least 20°C. These plants do not cope well in cold weather and should only be taken outdoors after 15th May.

How to regularly maintain your healthy herbs

Water your plants consistently without drowning them. The soil must be damp, but not wet. Do a test with your finger - the soil must be fresh, but not stick to the finger.