• It is summer time!

Herb garden

Herb garden

You’ll find a huge range of annual herbs on our seed racks here at the garden centre in Oundle, so drop by this week and pick out your favourites. Annual herbs are super generous as they last just one season, so they grow really fast, producing lush, leafy, fragrant greenery for you to pick within weeks of sowing. Here are just a few you can try:

  • Parsley is a traditional favourite; choose between flat-leaved Italian or crinkly moss-curled varieties. Sow into modules, but be patient, as the seeds can take a few weeks to germinate. Parsley needs a shady spot and damp soil to thrive.
  • Chervil is an unusual but delicious annual herb with feathery leaves and white flowers. Its leaves add a sweet, aniseed flavour to salads. This is another one that prefers shade; sow direct where it’s to grow and keep well watered.
  • Dill looks very similar to fennel, with the same finely-cut, ferny foliage and big, showy yellow flower heads. Sow direct into the soil, where it will grow up to an impressive 1.2m tall. Use the aniseedy leaves in salads, and crush the seeds into curries. 
  • Coriander is a must-have if you enjoy spicy food. Give it a sunny spot and sow seeds direct. Keep well-watered and it’ll stay leafy for weeks, but if it does bolt (flower and set seed) don’t worry: just collect the seeds once dried and grind those into your curries instead.
  • Basil loves plenty of warmth and moisture – it grows particularly large and lush in a greenhouse, or in a container in a sunny, sheltered spot. There are loads of different types to choose from, including burgundy red varieties, Thai and Greek basil.

You might also be interested in:

How to decide on the right Christmas tree?

Let us help you to decide on the right Christmas Tree to make your festivities sparkle this year. From real trees to faux and something totally different, there are many options. So choosing the right one and having the perfect tree can make or break your Christmas decoration style! 

Read more...
Getting ready for Christmas!

From twigs and tinsel to robins and ribbons on the Christmas tree, there is so much to enjoy from outside when decorating your home! 

Read more...
Protect your container plants from the cold

As the weather gets colder, some plants need more protection than others, especially plants in containers. Here are our tips on protecting container plants from the cold this winter.

Read more...
What to do in the garden in December?

If you’re wondering what to do in your garden in December, here’s the answer! When those clear winter days appear, grab your tools and make a start on our handy list of December gardening jobs.

Read more...