Five top tips – growing herbs

Jekka McVicar shares her five top tips for growing herbs

Jekka McVicar (Photographer – Andrew Maybury)

Herbs are ideal for growing in a small space, as the majority of culinary herbs will happily grow in containers. Or, if space allows, you can plant them out in the garden for really generous harvests. To ensure your herbs stay healthy and productive, there are a few simple tips and tricks to follow.

Maintaining lemon verbena

Cutting back lemon verbena

Lemon verbena will drop its leaves, but don’t worry, this is not a sign that it is dead, as it is a deciduous shrub. To maintain it, cut back last years’ growth to 4cm, or a couple of growing nodes, when it starts to shoot in spring – wait until all threat of frost has passed.

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