Now spring is here, it's time to create your kitchen herb garden or revamp one you already have as I have done. As you can see in the above photo I have re-potted some of the herbs such as the rosemary, the flat and curly leaf parsley, and the chives. I've also planted flat and curly leaf parsley seedlings so they will be fully grown when the existing plants die off; this way I will ensure I have a continuous supply of both types of parsley.
The most useful kitchen herbs include rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, chives, sage, oregano, marjoram, dill, and fennel. There's no reason why you can't plant your herbs directly into the soil, however they are easier to manage in pots and don't need as much watering, especially if you use plastic pots as I have done. As you can see in the photo, both types of parsley are surrounded with wire to protect them from our resident possums that love to eat it.
The above photo is of the rest of my kitchen garden, which includes perpetual spinach that I find very useful, and lemon balm in a pot behind the spinach. If you look at the background of the photo you will see Harold, our resident brush turkey. He's not too much of a problem in the garden although one of his children, Bad Turkey, has caused quite a bit of grief by tearing out plants so we've had to fence off much of our garden to keep him out. Living in the bush as we do means we have learnt to co-exist with the wildlife, which we do so quite successfully although sometimes my long suffering husband doesn't think so. He puts up with me feeding the brush turkeys (Harold even comes when I call his name) even though he says I'm encouraging them, but I've heard they keep snakes away and if that's the case I'm happy to put up with the turkeys.
My kitchen garden also has a constant supply of shallots and this is so easy to do. Many years ago my mum taught me to keep the shallot ends (with the roots) and plant them in a pot. When they grow you just snip off the top and leave the roots in the soil to grow new tops. They will grow like this for a long time and if you leave one or two tops to go to seed you will have plenty to grow from scratch. You can start your own pots of shallots by purchasing a bunch, using the tops and saving the ends as seen in the above photo. Fill a couple of pots with good quality potting mix, make a hole and pop in the shallot end. It's amazing how quickly they grow and before long you will have your own constant supply. They do need to be fed so whenever you fertilize your other plants give the shallots a feed too.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.