Get more variety with a mix

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THEY say variety is the spice of life and when it comes to herbs I couldn’t agree more.
If I need to add to my herb garden I always grab a mixed herb bundle.
This way I get one each of several types of herbs rather than several seedlings of one type of herb. Make sense?
For example, I’m quite a fan of the Awapuni bundle, which includes parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
(See if you can say that out loud without wanting to sing. Hint: are you going to Scarborough Fair?)
One seedling for each of these herbs is agood fit with our family. We’re able to keep the plants under control and stop them going to seed simply by picking the leaves as we need them. It also means we can ensure a steady supply, particularly of herbs such as parsley, by staggering our plant› ing. This means every few weeks or couple of months we plant another parsley seedling from another mixed bundle.
Once you’ve got some seedlings you need to find somewhere to grow them.
Parsley, thyme and sage all like somewhere sunny and well drained. Rosemary will grow anywhere.
Try planting them in pots, planters, hanging baskets or retain› ing walls.
I’ve said it before, but I quite often plant my herbs in the corners of my vegetable patch.
I do this because the space is usually empty and means the plant doesn’t get in the way of my vegetables.
It is also because some herbs such as chives go dormant and die down, so if they’re planted in the corner I know I won’t accidentally dig them out or try to plant over them.
Once you’ve found the right place for your plants dig a little hole and plant the seedling. Just make sure you space your rosemary about 30cm apart from anything else.
You can start picking the leaves off your new herbs as soon as they look like they’ve become estab› lished.
And, to keep your rosemary in good health, next spring give it a prune all over.
— Tod Palenski
Awapuni Nurseries
www.awapuni.co.nz

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