Don't you just love going to the markets and smelling all that great, freshly grown produce? The scent of chopped coriander going into a spicy curry or crumpled basil on homemade bruschetta is hard to top. No doubt you have also been meaning to get out into the garden and grow something of your own as well, right? Well, it is the perfect time of year to actually plant and grow some of your own food, all in time for those spring and summer BBQs that we have been looking forward to all winter.
One of the easiest and quickest things to grow in your own garden are herbs (or 'erbs' as they say in the states). Not only are these fairly simple to get right, they are also versatile and are great for adding a burst of flavour to even the most basic dishes. For those of us starting out it's probably a good idea to get some basic advice. In consulting Stephanie Alexanders 'Kitchen Garden Companion' she has recommended going for some of the basics like coriander, dill, parsley and mint. You can also grow things like lettuce and other salad greens and even spring onions and strawberries.
Garden centres are probably the best place to find out all the information that you need. Heynes Garden Centre in Beulah Park is one of the best. It was established in 1869 and has been going strong ever since so they know what they are doing when it comes to plants. The people who work here are very friendly and are willing to help even the most novice of gardeners. They can help you choose the right kinds of seedlings and even sell their own brand of potting mix. Their website has great fact sheets as well about different types of plants, garden tips as well as general gardening information.
So with all your supplies bought all you need to do is beg, borrow or reclaim a container or pot to put your herbs into, fill with potting mix, plant your seedlings and water. Times will vary for when your herbs will be ready to harvest so check at the garden centre or on the tag that comes with your seedlings. All that is left is to look forward to all those amazing herbs that you will be picking and eating from your very own herb garden.