Step 1: Choose Containers
Select pots that are at least 10 inches in diameter or small pots that are at least six inches in diameter. They should suit an area close to the kitchen. Use multipurpose compost or soil-based compost, and make sure they receive full sun.
Step 2: Go Shopping
Buy the following herbs: one golden marjoram, one parsley, one variegated sage, one bay, one chives and one golden lemon thyme plant.
Step 3: Plant Herbs
Herbs can be planted in spring, but if using tender bedding, wait until after the frosts. Ensure the pots have drainage holes in the base and fill with a layer of compost. Plant the thyme and flowers through the holes in the large pot, add more compost and plant the other herbs on top. Plant up the smaller pot with parsley and flowers. Keep the compost just moist during the summer and water sparingly in winter. Once established, pick the leaves as required. Replant the herbs in the large container into bigger pots every two years.
Essential recipe ingredients, herbs are great for beginners. Many will grow in the tiniest of spaces in hanging baskets, on windowsills and among other crops.