When it comes to herbs, fresh is best and free is even better. We asked the gardening experts at fennelandfern.co.uk for their top tips.
No outdoor space?
Don't have a garden but still want your food to pack a punch? Copy the chef's secret weapon and grow your own microgreens (herbs at their earliest stage with just their seed leaves and one set of "true leaves", the leaves that look like the adult herb) on a windowsill. These cost a fortune in the shops, but they're a home-grower’s dream. They need very little soil and don’t demand full sunlight; the best ones are coriander, thyme, mint and sage.
For people with outdoor space, now is the time to plant tender herb seeds such as basil, marjoram and coriander. Sow them indoors and move them outside after the risk of frost has passed. Do the same with hardier herbs such as mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage; these can live outside all year round once they're established. Tasty.
Grow unusual herbs that you won't easily find in shops - orange thyme is great with duck, while lovage loves pork and tomatoes.
For more great gardening advice, check out our blog on getting your garden ready for summer.
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