Herb Garden Plans

February 24, 2009

I’m itching to go out into the garden and start sowing and planting things in the herb garden but I have to stop myself and you should too if you live in a cooler climate. There are bound to be a few more cold spells and the dead stems of your perennial herbs are helping to protect the new growth.

However, if there is an unplanted area to be prepared for the spring there’s no reason to get started on that.  Also, if you want to move some more established herbs around before they spring into growth this is a good time to do that; it is best to move plants whilst they are relatively dormant.

Instead you could do those jobs that I think we all put off.  Here are a few of them:

  • checking that your pots/trays/tools are clean and in working order
  • if you have a greenhouse, clean those windows so more light can get in
  • clean the benches and sweep up any debris that might be harbouring pests or their eggs.

Don’t fancy any of those?  No, nor did I not this week anyway (too much going on with birthday parties to organise etc) but I have promised myself that I will do it next week!

Instead I did this over the school half term holiday:

  • sketched out the herb garden again and reminded myself what plants are already there
  • listed which seeds I already have
  • which plants I’d like, whether I would grow them from seed or buy the plant in and where to get it from
  • marked where they are to go on the plan so I know what spaces to leave/prepare and what plants may need to be moved around or replaced.
  • Weeded and cleared the long border next to the fence that has just been replaced.
  • My one salad burnet had turned into three plants and had taken over nearly a third of one of the herb beds so I moved the middle sized one into the long border mentioned above, hopefully it will be happy there and there is more space for it.
  • Sowed parsley, coriander, thyme, oregano, basil and chives in pots indoors from the Kitchen Herb Garden Seed Collection. If you’re interested, you can get yours here.

To plan out when to sow seeds, transplant plants and so on I usually write a list of seeds/plants against which month I plan to do it but now I’ve found this really handy  Herb Garden Planner (see photo above) I’ll be giving that a try instead; I’m less likely to lose it!   It’s a free printable PDF from Little House in the Suburbs.  There’s lots of other handy planners there as well plus a whole range of useful information about crafts, cooking, chickens, gardening, green living, home preserving and more!

Off to enjoy looking at the snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses, primroses, jasmine, violets………

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1 Pran Amrith 05.04.09 at 9:08 am

Hello Madeleine!
After a bit of searching (Google etc.) I came across your very interesting site.
I’m enquiring on behalf of my mother who is very keen to start a herb garden along with several other ladies who live around her. I would like to give her ‘project’ any help I can and a good start would be a kit with a wall chart (large print if possible, for old eyes!). Mum doesn’t have access to the ‘net but I could order/buy anything that she requires from your site.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Thank you
Pran

2 maddles 05.04.09 at 9:36 pm

Hello Pran
Thank you for your comment. Sounds like an interesting project. Have emailed you direct to clarify what information you need.
Madeleine

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