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January 8, 2010

Size Of Herbs

Filed under: Uncategorized, herbs — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 1:46 pm
herb-trough

herb-trough

When choosing which culinary herbs to grow in a container it is important to consider the potential size of the herb, and their natural habit.
TALL CULINARY HERBS

    Large, sweet leaf basil

can grow to 60cm or more. It bushes out slightly.  Smaller types grow to 20cm.

basil-pot

basil-pot

    Dill

can grow up to 90cm. It tends to branch out (30cm), rather than form a dense bush like basil.

rosemary-shrub

rosemary-shrub

    Rosemary

develops into a small woody shrub. It can grow up to 90 or 150 cm – but is best kept trimmed. It forms a dense bush and can spread out about as wide as it is high.

MEDIUM CULINARY HERBS

    Chives

grow between 20-30cm. The leaves form a dense clump, about as wide as they are high. The flowers stick up another 10cm above the leaves.

 

chive-flower

chive-flower

    Oregano

grows 30-60cm and often has a trailing habit, so is good at the edge of the container.

    Parsley

grows 30cm or more. It is best to cut the tall flowering stems down, so that the plant continues to produce green leaves. Parsley bushes out as wide as it is tall

parsley-for-cutting

parsley-for-cutting

    Sage

grows 30-60cm. It tends to go woody and is best trimmed to below 60 cm. It does branch out as wide as it is tall.

sage-plant

sage-plant

SHORT CULINARY HERBS

    Thyme

is short, only growing about 10-25cm high. It does have a trailing habit and will spread a good 30cm. It is good at the edge of a container because of its trailing habit.

thyme-sprig

thyme-sprig

When planting a selection of herbs:

  • Arrange tallest herbs in the centre and the low-growing herbs at the edge.

  • Trailing plants, such as oregano and thyme go well on the ends or edges of the window box and will drop over the sides.

  • More information on herbs can be found in the To buy the How To Grow Herbs For Cooking eBook.

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The potential size of the herb needs to be considered before planting.

May 19, 2009

Herb Trough

Filed under: herbs — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 1:24 pm

A herb trough is attractive and productive, producing an abundance of herbs for the kitchen.

herb-trough

herb-trough

A herb trough:

* can be any size, to suit the space available.
* can be made from any container, as long as it has drainage holes.
* must be watered regularly in the summer.

The herb trough in the picture contains:

* chives
* thyme
* marjoram
* borage
* mint

Each herb has an abundance of flowers, which attract the bees. All these
herbs have over-wintered well in the herb trough.

Click here to find out more about the eBook called “How to Grow Culinary Herbs.” which has been written be FarmingFriends & TopVeg.
The ebook is on sale now and explains how to plant a herb garden or grow your own herbs for cooking.

A herb trough, placed by the kitchen door, is useful and attractive!

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