Easy to Care for Herbs

Easy to care for herbs - Herbs are perfect for children because they are low maintenance. Some advice on which ones to grow.
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ย Taking care of your herbs

Herbs are perfect for first time growers and children.ย Most herbs are low maintenance so are ideal for a busy family! This is also why they are good to grow with children.ย Chives are probably one of the easiest herbs to grow and are also useful on a wide variety of foods that children enjoy eating.

Growing Chives

  • Chives are hardy perennial plants and can beHerbs are perfect for children because they are low maintenance. Some advice on which ones to grow. dug up and divided as they get bigger.
  • You can grow chives from seed in the spring to plant in the garden or buy pots from your local garden centre.
  • You will need to prune in late summer or autumn to encourage new growth in the spring.
  • Chives need cutting back after they flower.
  • Young plants need watering in but once established, chive plants need minimal care.
  • Chive flowers scatter their seeds so chive seedlings grow each spring.
  • They can be grown in any flower border or in pots in your garden.
  • Chives look great in any kind of container.
  • They can also be successfully grown on your kitchen windowsill.
  • Snip with scissors instead of chopping them, and do not subject them to much cooking as they are delicate.

Herbs can be easily grown in the garden or in pots but are also perfect on the kitchen windowsill. Of course, having them to hand enables children to watch them grow more easily and to help take care of them. They are then readily available to use in family meals. If it is sunny outside your kitchen door this is also an ideal place to grow them.

They will of course need watering, especially if they are in pots or young plants. This is a great activity for your child who will love to use the watering can.Herbs are perfect for children because they are low maintenance. Some advice on which ones to grow.

Herbs thrive in sunlight so it is useful to choose a sunny spot.

Some soft stem herbs such as sage and mint will benefit from pinching out as they grow to make them bushier. This is a great activity for children as it helps them with fine motor skills.

Herbs which are shrub-like such as lavender and rosemary will need cutting back after flowering, once a year, to stop them becoming too woody.

The youngest growth on most herbs is the tastiest so pinch out the tips with your child to encourage lots of new shoots.

Herbs are always best used fresh. However, they can be very successfully frozen as long as they are kept in airtight containers.

Children can snip their herbs with scissors or simply tear them to add to their favourite dishes.

Have you ever grown herbs?



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32 thoughts on “Easy to Care for Herbs

  1. I am looking forward to trying to grow chives now! I have failed with basil, but we have mint growing wild between pavers under the clothesline! Hopefully you will write guides for other herbs? #ABitOfEverything

    1. Great! I hope you are more successful ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, but it won’t be weekly as I like to do recipes and various other posts linked to herbs too. Rocket next ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I use to have rosemary grow in the garden, but more as a flower bush than to use in cooking. I love using herbs in cooking, but with no garden, I tend to use dried ones these days.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  3. I turned an old picnic basket into a herb planter. I love herbs and they are easy to grow and some of them are quite beautiful, like the purple flowers of the chives. They also attract the bumbly-bees into the garden and I got some good close ups that way. ๐Ÿ™‚ #abitofeverything

  4. Some great tips here. I will pass on to my husband as he uses loads of herbs but is a “buy the little pot and use all the leaves until the plant dies’ kinda guy. This seems much more sensible #abitofeverything

  5. Great tips for growing chives Sarah!! I agree that having a pot with herbs at your kitchen windowsill will look really nice. My mother in law always has pots with fresh herbs at her kitchen windowsill and she loves to use them for her cooking. The food taste even better when you use fresh herbs! Thanks so much for charing this with me at #KCACOLS. I hope you join me again next Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    1. Thanks Franca – having fresh herbs to hand is ideal and yes, improves the taste of food! Thanks for hosting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Interested to read this as I have chosen some herbs to go in my window boxes with flowers and foliage. My choice was guided by my colour scheme I have to say and I’ve got Thyme and Chives growing in with my other bits. Have never done this before but the lady at the garden centre thought it would be OK. She did say the Chives won’t get through a frost but I thought I’d give it a whirl and see how we go. Meantime, I have some herbs to hand if I should need them. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you – you should definitely give it a go – most children love growing things that they can eat ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I’m glad you found it useful, Maria. Most children love growing things – especially if they can eat them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Herbs are great fun for kids to grow as they can enjoy cooking with them/adding them to things afterwards. Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. My children like chive, they often pinch them from our friends garden when we visit. Maybe I should get them some for christmas to grow themselves.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  8. Great tips here for a gardener newbie like myself and I look forward to my two helping more next summer that little bit older now. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  9. We tried growing herbs this summer but, as very novice gardeners, we completely underestimated the space we would need and they ended up becoming a big chivey, lavender scented jungle! But our eldest (3 years) loved going out into the herb garden and smelling and tasting them (he loved the smell of the lavender and mint and loved tasting the chives!) So I am intent on doing it again – this is really useful for that – thank you #sharewithme

    1. Thanks Becky, they can grow very quickly outside so can be more manageable in pots – and handy if kept close by your back door:-) Good luck next time.

    1. Chives are really tasty. Ooh. Garlic – great. Hope it grows well. Love adding garlic to things ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Fab tips funny you say that about rosemary and lavender I have just had to tackle to huge bushes in my garden this week they were so out of hand been like it since we moved in I am hoping they’ll grow back nicely next year. Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

  11. Ooo what fab info! I really do keep meaning to do some growing with Zach – I think growing these is so very different to flowers. We have a very sunny garden so everything grows super quick! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. A sunny garden sounds perfect for growing herbs so I hope you and Zach give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting.

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