When the Wee ‘Un came home from school today he rocketed inside to get changed because it was time to plant out the herbs. He loves taking the plants we’ve grown from seed and planting them out in the garden. We’d prepared this half of the herb garden over the past week, as the weather permitted, so the Wee ‘Un was able to go straight to work.
We have two large, square herb beds at the front of the house as the south-facing position ensures the plant get plenty of light while the stone walls of the house release warmth during the night. The result is a warm, sheltered location where even tender plants can be overwintered with a good chance of survival. Today, we planted out oregano, sweet marjoram, chives, sage, rosemary and mint. The rear part of this bed will be used for the boy’s sunflowers. The adjoining herb bed has more of the same, plus fennel, spearmint, parsley, thyme and horseradish. The horseradish, mint and spearmint are grown in containers sunk into the soil to stop them taking over the beds.