Three Herbs you can grow in Three Weeks

Gardening resolutions are often pretty similar to New Year’s resolutions, they sound great but often in practice can be over-ambitious and leave you with a horrible feeling of under-achievement. Well, we think the best way to set goals and to turn them a reality is to put them within a realistic time frame, nothing motivates us more than seeing early results! So, we thought to ourselves what gardening goals harvest effective results, and with the rain pouring as we type, without spending too much time outside.

Growing herbs is the perfect introduction into grow-your-own, without too much effort and thought on your part you can produce a bountiful garden providing you with tasty garnishes all year round. Think of how much you might spend on throw-away supermarket herbs each year, instead armed with a few seeds and pots you could keep yourself in stock for months on end. We’ve chosen three herbs that we think can be easily grown from seed, and will provide yummy results in three weeks.

1. Parsley

Parsley is that brilliant garnish that accompanies so many dishes, it’s a kitchen stalwart and can be easily grown in containers and window boxes.

You will need:

  • Parsley seeds
  • Pot with drainage holes
  • Soil
  • Fertiliser
  • Small watering can
  • Mulch

We’ve used the capsule herb growing pots to start growing the parsley, they’re easy to use and yield herbs quickly.If you use another pot, it’s important that the pot has suitable drainage holes to prevent the plant from water logging. Apply a light layer of mulch after the plants are established to help the soil retain water.  Keep the soil moist (but not soggy).  Once a month apply a dose of a complete fertilizer.  Keep your parsley container in a spot that gets approximately 12 hours of sunlight daily.

2. Chives

The delicate onion flavour of chives makes this a perfect addition to soups, omelettes and cheese dishes. This herb is a perennial meaning you have the full benefit of enjoying chives every year. It can be grown in many different soils and also different levels of sunlight.

You will need:

  • Chives seeds
  • Pot with drainage holes
  • Soil
  • Fertiliser
  • Small watering can

Make sure the soil is moist when you add the seeds, it’s important to keep it moist whilst they’re germinating – without over-watering. They are not fussy growers, and will thrive in full sun or partial shade.They can be grown from seed, from April onwards or planted in the soil. To grow from seed, scatter over a thin layer of soil and then cover with more soil The seedlings will appear within 2 weeks; thin them to 10cm apart. Once they have established, chives will form small bulbs beneath the ground. Like daffodils, these will multiply and can be divided and moved all around your balcony garden over the years.

3. Basil

Basil is an easy Italian herb to grow, and does well on a warm, sunny window sill. we’ve used the matchstick garden to start our growing, but you can use regular garden seeds.

You will need:

  • Basil seeds
  • Pot with drainage holes
  • Soil
  • Fertiliser
  • Small watering can

Sprinkle the seeds onto moist potting compost in a small pot, about 2-3 inches (5cm) wide. Aim for about 5 seeds per pot so they don’t get crowded. Then cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost and leave in a warm place. While the seeds are sprouting, keep them warm and in sunlight. Place the pot in a saucer of water to keep the soil damp.