I always have to restrain myself at this time of year – unlike me I know! Yes, it’s spring and everything is bursting into life, but no, it is not *quite* time to start rushing outside and planting things as we are not safely free of frost yet.
Some of my veg growing friends have got their beds prepared and have planted their early potatoes but generally, it’s best to hang on just a week or so longer…
Luckily, one of my favourite pastimes is buying packets of seeds and looking through seed catalogues or, more likely nowadays, browsing websites full of beautiful photos of plants and herbs.
Although I don’t have time to grow veg, I do like to cultivate herbs. Herbs are so wonderful – they look gorgeous, they smell wonderful and they are delicious too.
If you intend to grow some herbs this year, now is the time to start planning and, if you can, sowing seeds indoors or in the greenhouse.
I made a list of some of the prettiest herbs I could think of and thought I’d share that with you as you might like to try something new.
Rich blue, for salads and summer drinks, it grows like wildfire in this part of the world!
That lovely soft purple, for scent, pot-pourri and also cooking
Vivid reds and yellows, easy to grow and lovely to add pepperiness and beauty to a salad or garnish
Purple, for medicines and crystalised decorations
White and fragrant for wines, cordials and favouring fruit dishes. Again, grow freely everywhere!
Pot marigolds or calendulas
Vivid orange for salads, pot-pourri and food colouring