Here’s everything you need to know to grow your own herbs. Hugely versatile, herbs are great for adding flavour to food, making fresh tea and even feeding to other plants. Take a look through these independent blog articles, YouTube videos and Instagram posts for a wealth of top growing tips. Want to grow your own? Browse our wide range of herb seeds or pick up a few herb plants to get your kitchen garden off to a flying start.
Carol Bartlett – Thompson & Morgan blog
What’s the best way to start your culinary herb garden? “If you want to grow from seed, I suggest parsley, coriander, chives and basil – you’ll need a regular succession of these plants to keep your kitchen in business,” says expert Carol Bartlett writing for the Thompson & Morgan blog. And if you don’t have time to start them from seed, Carol suggests a list of herbs that are best ordered as garden ready plants.
Emma – The Unconventional Gardener
Brand new to container herb growing? Emma, AKA The Unconventional Gardener, says the first thing to do is get the right pot. “Herb plants are sold in small pots, which will quickly be outgrown,” she says. Emma recommends using pots that are a minimum of 15 cm to keep your container herbs happy. Find lots more beginner-friendly herb growing tips in this helpful article.
Martin – Gardening step by step
Basil is the king of herbs for blogger Martin, creator of Gardening step by step. His first tip for healthy and flavoursome basil? “Prick out the individual seedlings and grow them in separate pots.” Read this succinct but comprehensive article to find out the next four steps to growing your own brilliant basil!
Peter – A Thorny Pot
Limited space? Grow basil and parsley over winter indoors, says Peter from A Thorny Pot. Not only is it possible to grow flavoursome herbs on the windowsill, it’s also a good way to use up half-empty seed packets. You won’t get the same growth as in summer, Peter says, but if you remove the growing tips, you’ll still get healthy, bushy plants. See the whole process demonstrated in his friendly YouTube video.
Looking for herbs that crop well in colder areas? Charles Dowding suggests growing blocks of coriander and dill. Sow them under cover in February, then plant outdoors under fleece to give you a longer cut-and-come-again style crop before they go into flowering mode in early summer, he says. Watch as Charles takes you through sowing, pricking out and planting your herbs in this excellent video.
Carol Bartlett – The Sunday Gardener
Looking for herbs to plant in a darker part of the garden? Carol Bartlett, the gardening expert behind The Sunday Gardener, says that coriander, tarragon and parsley are some of the best herbs for growing in shade. Chives also thrive in areas that get less light, with the added “bonus of being really bee-friendly,” she says. Read her full article for more advice on growing shade-tolerant herbs, and see the diverse collection of pollinators covering her chives in her quick video.
Elle Meager – T&M Blog
Annual herbs are a staple of many kitchen gardens, but perennial herbs save many hours of hard work in the garden by returning year after year. In a guest post for Thompson & Morgan’s blog, Elle Meager shares ten of her favourite perennial herbs. “Perennial herbs get to spread their roots for many years, so they’re great at looking after themselves,” explains Elle. What’s more, they provide you with “harvest after harvest, thriving on little to no TLC.” Simple!
Liz Zorab – Byther Farm
YouTuber Liz Zorab at Byther Farm keeps her perennial herbs healthy by giving them a good tidy in March. Find out how to ‘spring clean’ your herbs by watching Liz remove old flower heads along with any plants that didn’t survive the winter. And if you’re left with an unexpected gap in your herb bed, check out another of Liz’s fantastic videos, ‘5 Easy Perennial Herbs’, for inspiration.
Robyn – @go_dig_or_go_home
Over at @go_dig_or_go_home, Instagrammer Robyn planted her herb patch for two reasons: for pollinators and for cooking. Find out which herbs she chose for flowers and flavour in this lovely post. And if you only have room for a small container, try Robyn’s idea for planting up an upcycled apple crate that can be kept right by your kitchen door.
Mitch – @mitch_grows
Take inspiration from no-dig champion Mitch over at @mitch_grows and plant a low hedge of Lavandula angustifolia around your vegetable patch. A beautifully scented herb grown for its cosmetic and medicinal uses, Mitch says: “They’ll form a fragrant border edging around our vegetable garden, the local bees are going to be very pleased indeed.” Take a look at Mitch’s post to see how he gets his baby lavender ready for hedge planting.
Benedict Vanheems – GrowVeg
There are herbs for every part of the garden, says YouTuber Ben from gardening channel GrowVeg. Try pairing herbs with wildflowers, placing taller varieties (like fennel) at the back of your borders for structure. Or fill decorative pots with ornamental herbs to brighten up your patio, he suggests. Give Ben’s video a watch to find the best varieties for your outdoor space along with some clever herb garden design tips.
Nick and Rich – Two Thirsty Gardeners
If you’re looking for a round-up of the best herbs to grow for a brew, check out 5 best homegrown herbal teas, tried and tested by the Two Thirsty Gardeners. From surprisingly zingy flavours like lemon basil to more traditional ‘tea-like’ herbs, these naturally caffeine-free suggestions make a delicious infusion at any time of day. Read their article for packaging-free alternatives to shop-bought products, and take a look at their brand new book, Wild Tea, for worldwide tea recipes including kombucha, homemade chai and more.
“You can get more than one type of harvest from your annual herb plants,” says YouTuber Huw Richards. Deliberately allowing some of his herbs to go to seed, Huw then collects it to dry for homemade spice mixes and pickles. Coriander is his favourite. Another of Huw’s top herbs is perennial comfrey – find out more about this natural fertiliser in his video: Growing and Using Comfrey.
Lucy – @gardening_life_for_me
Want to have a go at producing your own lavender plants? Take a look at Lucy’s post over at @gardening_life_for_me where her lavender cuttings from October are looking great six months later. “They actually developed roots so I’ve potted them on into their own 9cm pots,” says Lucy. Check out her post to learn her trick for successful rooting.
Catherine – Growing Family
Are you experiencing a rush of growth from your herbs? Catherine from Growing Family preserves her herb crop by freezing it for use later in the year. “Chop the herbs and sprinkle them into an ice cube tray. Think about how much you’d normally add to a recipe and aim for that amount in each cube,” she says. They’re great for pasta sauce! You’ll find other excellent ways to preserve your fragrant harvest in this helpful article.