You can’t beat young herbs sprinkled in your cooking pot and they are so easy to grow. Why not try a few select herbs in a growing bag by your back door?

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Fresh, young herbs give a powerful punch to your cooking and are so much better than dried herbs. Herbs also need to be handy and this herby growing bag is ideal to place by your back door.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  1. A growing bag.
  2. About 1-2m (39in-78in) of hanging basket liner (cut off a roll from a garden centre) or hessian.
  3. About 8-9 small pots (9cm) of herbs of your choice.

WHEN TO GROW

Ideally start this herby bag in the spring but it can be planted up later during the summer months too.

HARVESTING

You can pluck a few leaves off almost straight away although be careful not to defoliate the plant. Allow it to establish and grow a bit ideally. You only need a very small amount of fresh leaf to add excellent flavour to your cooking.

WATCH OUT FOR

Take note of the labels when you plant up your herbs. Does it say annual or perennial on the label? If annual then at the end of the growing season they will start to die back so lift and dispose of these. Examples include basil and to some extent parsley and coriander. More hardy perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme can be left for another year in the growing bag if you apply a controlled release fertiliser in the spring. After a couple of seasons you will need to lift these and repot individually into larger pots of fresh compost or plant out in the garden.

Top Tip: Every week in the summer check how dry the compost is and water if necessary. A general purpose liquid feed will also be beneficial every couple of weeks.

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GREATHERBS FOR GROWING BAGS

Most famous herbs well grow well in your growing tote, like: basil, thyme, coriander, parsley (flat and curled-leaved), chives, sage, rosemary and mint.

MAKING A HERBY BAG

  1. Remove of the compost from the space and place in a pail. Take the herbs out of their pots and plant into the holes you might have made. Softly dribble just a little water around the rootball and then firm lightly.
  2. Brush off excess compost that may have spilled over the bag and then water the bag thoroughly. Label the plants and appreciate.
  3. First plump up the growing bag to break the compost indoors up and make about 10 holes in the foundation of the bag.
  4. Turn the bag the right way up and wrap with Hessian or the hanging basket lining. Tuck the ends in and place by your back door.
  5. Cut crosses through the growing tote with scissors and the fabric. Make sure you get them evenly apart across the bag.