Posted: 03/08/2012 at 21:30
I planted up a herb patch at the end of last year-lemon balm, parsley and thyme have done well but the sage was over shadowed by rubarb so looks very sorry for itself. Mint and rosemary have done well in pots.
Chives and garlic chives have done well in a flower bed, the chives flowered twice. Corriander and basil which were grown from seed never took off, two plants survived to be planted out, the corriander has bolted with a poor show of flowers and the basil is only about an inch tall, I put that down to not enough sun as both grew for fun last year...and finally two lavenders palnted out about 6 weeks ago have stubornly refused to grow.
When I've grown herbs in pots I usually just repot them in fresh compost - April May time with a slow release fertilizer but am mindful as to which herbs are planted together. Mint and lemon balm seem to be prone to leaf scorch and are best grown in a semi shade position. Parsley's lower leaves tend to go yellow very quickly if they get too much water but recover quickly if these are taken off and the compost allowed to dry alittle. Rosemary will lose it's lower leaves if the compost is to dry and having lots of rain doesn't mean it reaches the compost so pots do sometimes need extra water. Healthy plants which have been fed and watered will ward of diseases but there's no accounting for the weather which has been blamed for alot this year.