What herbs, etc to plant (C) - The Windowbox Allotment
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Useful tips on how to grow & enjoy fruit & veg. from your windowsill !
What herbs, etc. to plant
Below are mini guides as to what other edible or useful plants you could grow in your windowbox with instructions on how to grow them and recommended cultivars that are known for their ease of growing, good flavour, size or hardiness.
This feathery foliaged biennal is best known for its seed, which is used in baking and cooking. They have deep tap roots, so need deep soil. Grows up to 3 feet after two years.
With a distinctive aniseed taste, Chervil grows to about 60cm and is an attractive plant to have in your windowbox. Prefers partial shade in moisture retentive, fertile soil. Sow seed: thinly ½ cm deep, in early to mid-spring
This clump-forming onion relative is easily grown from seed. It’s good to remove the mauve flower heads regularly to encourage more leaf growth. Both flowers and stalks are of course edible and used in salads and for garnish. Likes full sun and a moist, but free-draining soil. Sow seed: Thinly in pots indoors, cover with 1/2cm compost Plant: Established pot-grown chives from late spring
Used in cooking for its curry flavoured leaves and seeds, coriander can also be used in cut-and-come again salads. Grow in well-drained moisture retentive soil. Grown as an annual. Sow seed: Thinly in pots indoors, covering with 1/2cm of compost from early to mid spring. Transplant out in late spring to early summer