Cut herbs to store for winter

Cut herbs to store for winter

Cut herbs to store for winter right now and keep that just-snipped, fresh-from-the-garden flavour in your cooking all winter long.

Storing Herbs

It might seem early to be thinking about winter storage, but herbs are at their absolute peak this month. Pick as large a bunch as you can from leafy herbs like basil, marjoram, mint, coriander, parsley, dill and chervil, preferably in the morning when they're full of essential oils and at their most fragrant.

Freezing keeps your herbs almost as fresh as when they were picked. Lay your herbs on waxed paper, freeze overnight, then decant the frozen stems into a plastic bag to store in the freezer until needed. Or chop them finely, then pack into the compartments of an ice cube tray. Top up with water, stock or olive oil and freeze.

It’s not too late to plant an instant herb garden to supply you for the rest of summer and beyond. Pop into the garden centre here in Paston and Oundle today and choose your favourites from our huge selection of potted culinary herbs. Mix and match in a roomy container or create a herb patch, as near to the back door as possible so all you have to do is reach out and pick what you need.

You might also be interested in:

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage starts to die down, so that you can store them for eating through winter.

Most types of maincrop onion keep really well if they’re dried properly, so it’s worth taking your time over the job. Choose a dry spell of weather and gently lift the bulbs with a hand fork, then lay them on the soil to dry. In seasons when it's impossible to find a long enough window of sunshine – so that...

Read more...
Find inspiration at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

City gardeners will find inspiration and to spare at this year’s RHS Flower Show Tatton Park as the emphasis is firmly on gardening in an urban setting.

City Garden Inspiration

The show is highlighting ways to green up grey spaces and help create healthier, more sustainable cities while combatting some of the big environmental issues we face. The all-new ‘Future Spaces’ category is full of great ideas, including a garden d...

Read more...
It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot

It’s not too late to be sowing more veg for your plot – in fact, late sowings made in July can be really helpful for keeping your patch productive right through autumn and into winter.

Sow more veg for your plot

Aim to replace your first harvest of new potatoes, broad beans and lettuces as soon as you clear the crop away. You can sow most varieties of fast-maturing vegetables two or even three times in a season. All the salad veg...

Read more...
Remove algae and pond weed from water features

Remove algae and pond weed from water features to keep them looking at their best. Algae turns water an unattractive green. Natural solutions which won’t harm fish or wildlife, such as floating barley pads on the surface of the water or using liquid additives and extracts in the water to subtly change the water’s pH, making it unattractive to algae. But the best way to prevent it is simply to grow more pond plants: aim to keep about a third of t...

Read more...