Summer is around the corner, and that means its thyme to start growing your summer herbs. Why grows herbs you ask?
Besides the obvious reason of enhancing cooking, herbs have many other great uses including:
To help guide your gardening this summer, we’ve put together a list of the best summer herbs.
Before you get into planting your summer herbs it’s important you are prepared.
Ensure you have the correct equipment before jumping straight in. You will need the following items:
The next step is to plan out where each plant is going and prepare the soil.
Take into consideration the level of sunlight, as well as what else is growing around there. Different herbs have different spacing requirements and grow better or worse depending on what plant they are next to.
Basil is a summer herb that grows well in most Australian climates. You can grow basil through the months of October to December, as it loves warm soil. The smell and taste of basil is strong and sweet. Basil is a great summer herb to grow next to tomatoes as it repels insects and diseases, and improves their growth and flavour.
How to Care for Basil:
Uses of Basil:
Basil is a culinary summer herb that tastes fantastic when added to many dishes, particularly Italian cuisine. Sprinkle basil on your pasta or pizza or get creative and make your own pesto.
Pro tip: Basil retains flavour better when it is torn rather than chopped.
Basil has many health benefits and can be used to make natural remedies to aid with insect stings or even to reduce acne.
Thyme is a hardy summer herb, that grows well in dry climates. It is a low growing summer herb with small and fragrant leaves. Bees love thyme flowers, so it’s a great herb to have if you are growing vegetables and fruit.
How to Care for Thyme:
Uses of Thyme:
Thyme is a flavourful summer herb, with a slightly sour flavour much like lemon. It complements seafood and vegetables best and can either be used fresh or dried.
Time is renowned for its medical benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing coughing and fighting fungal infections.
Mint is an easy summer herb to grow, as it can be grown relatively fast from seed and via cuttings. It is a fast-spreading herb, so try to contain to a pot if you don’t want it to take over your garden bed. There are plenty of varieties of mint, including peppermint, spearmint, pineapple mint and chocolate mint.
How to Care for Mint:
Uses of Mint:
Mint can be used in everything from salads to drinks to dessert. Pop a sprig in a glass of water, or add it to your tea. This summer herb is full of antioxidants making it a great addition to your cooking.
Rosemary is an amazing summer herb, with a delightful fragrance. You will need to live in a hot and dry climate for rosemary to thrive.
How to Care for Rosemary:
Uses of Rosemary:
Rosemary is the perfect herb to add to your home roast. It compliments potatoes and lamb perfectly!
If you want to add privacy to your garden, rosemary bushes make great hedges. Some varieties bloom dark to pale blue flowers, through to pinks and whites, adding a fantastic splash of colour to your garden in spring.
Pro tip: Plant it outside your kitchen window so you can easily pick off the bush and add to your cooking. The rosemary will also deter flies and mosquitos from entering through your window.
Dill is an annual summer herb with feathery green leaves. If you are looking for a herb that is easy to grow and dill with, this herb is the right choice for you.
How to Care for Dill:
Uses of Dill:
Dill has many culinary uses, and a small sprig goes along way in enhancing the flavour of any dish. It goes great in dips, soups, salads, and seafood.
If you are wanting to plant some of the above herbs in your garden this summer, it’s important that you give them regular feeds. If you have any questions on which of our fertilisers you should apply get in touch today.