Instaherbs; a cheat’s way to a herb garden

I have mentioned before that as I no longer have space to have propagators all over the house, I’m having to cheat in the garden by buying plant plugs rather than just sowing all of our seeds from scratch. This includes our herbs. Although I initially felt bad about this, I have to say that the immediate visual impact is actually very pleasing, and I wonder if I might not come to feel about plugs the way I feel about making stock from scratch, which is to say that although purists bang on about the necessity, you can actually save a lot of time and still get the same end result if you buy from somewhere decent. I used a small organic herb farm for these plugs and I’m very pleased with them already! I’ve only planted hardy herbs so far (mint and basil and all those softies will have to wait for warmed weather) but I now have thyme, rosemary, two types of parsley and tarragon on tap which is marvellous news as I tend to use an awful lot of herbs and spices when I cook and those little packets of damp, limp herbs make me quite sad when I have to buy them. I think I’m going to fill out my raised beds with other herbs once the farm has them available. It seems to be a good way to compromise between using supermarket herbs (which I’ve tried to plant out before) and growing my own from seed. What do you think? (The bottom three planters are for perpetual spinach, softer herbs are going to have to go elsewhere!).

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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