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As the days get warmer it’s time to get onto your herb garden. Fragrant herbs add flavour to any meal and are at their best flavour when they are freshly picked from the garden.
Although it can take time and patience to grow your own, you can snip off just what you need when you need it, instead of buying a packet of fresh herbs and only using a few leaves plus it can save you money and reduces food and packaging waste.
Needs as much warmth as it can get and won’t do well if the temperature falls under 10 degrees so wait until the nights aren’t so cold then plant away. Most herbs in pots can be grown indoors as well so if you can’t wait plant basil in pots and keep them inside before transporting into your garden.
If you are planting mint it’s a good idea to plant in its own pot rather than a bed as mint tends to overtake gardens.
Keep in mind that both basil and mint need more water than other herbs so try to keep the soil damp.
Coriander can be tricky to grow as it is known to go to seed quickly so keep a close eye on it. As soon as the weather gets too hot your plant will begin to die off quickly so make sure you give the plant plenty of water.
Best Herbs for Asian Dishes
If you love cooking Asian style dishes, try planting Vietnamese mint, Thai basil and lemongrass; they are widely used in Asian cuisine and add unique punchy flavour to your dishes. These herbs can be trickier to find in supermarkets so why not have a go at growing your own?
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