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    Default Starting a new herb bed ?

    I have grown herbs here and there but not had much success with the exception of corriander !
    However I am having a move around and can probably create a deep raised bed around 3ft square.
    How can i get it to be most productive and what goes with what and when in the year do i start ?
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    You can plant pot grown stuff any time the ground is workable. Plant mints by plunging their pots into the soil otherwise they will take over.

    I use lovage as a centre piece as it grows upwards of 6' but is great for use in stocks, soups and stews. I grow the following as essentials

    mint (various varieties)
    thyme
    sage
    rosemary
    French tarragon
    oregano
    lavender
    sorrell

    All are perenials and you usually have something to pick all through the year.

    As annuals, basil is a must, along with flat leaf parsley and corriander.

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    Thanks for that, that sounds like a good start and if i can get something off it every month of the year i will be really happy.
    Only just started to use fresh herbs in my cooking. To be honest i have only just got over how good the vegetables taste when home grown but now i find the herbs really add another dimension !
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    Wait till spring to plant things like basil and parsley, I'd say. I'm interested in the success you've had with coriander, that's the one herb I've never managed to grow properly. What do you do and how do you stop it bolting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reb Williams View Post
    Wait till spring to plant things like basil and parsley, I'd say. I'm interested in the success you've had with coriander, that's the one herb I've never managed to grow properly. What do you do and how do you stop it bolting?

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    Basil likes heat. No - basil likes HEAT. If you plant it indoors you will have more success with it. Don't put it out until June at the earliest.

    Parsley needs heat to germinate. You can plant it in late spring but to get the seed to really kick-in then put it in a pot of compost or good soil and cover it with a good quarter inch of potting compost (or good soil). Then - and this is not a joke - boil your kettle and water it with just off the boil water. Yes, I'm serious. You won't cook it, it will force germination.

    Just editing to say, to stop coriander bolting - keep picking it is the easiest way, it will keep coming.
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    I grow Chervil, Dill, Curly Leaf Parsley, Basil and Chives on my kitchen window over the winter.

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    Outside we have;

    rosemary
    sage (various)
    mint (various)
    thyme (lemon and golden)
    oregano
    chives
    lavender
    sorrell
    bay

    Inside

    Basil
    Coriander
    Lemon Grass

    Restrict the mint, but otherwise, you should find herbs pretty easy to grow, compared with many other things. I find Greek Basil much easier to grow than any other type - I use it constantly. It's got a strong flavour and grows fast and generally keeps up with me.

    I use herbs everyday, and couldn't be without any of them!
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    I grow my mint in an old butlers sink, then the rest of my herbs are in pots.

    rosemary
    thyme
    chives
    bay

    I've got parsley on the kitchen still and I did have some basil but that died over the weekend.

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