If you want to add something homegrown to your Easter dishes, then there’s still time to plant some herbs before the bunny visits.
Landscape designer Matt Leacy says that classic culinary herbs and essential for Easter suppers.
“Adding herbs to your back yard is the perfect opportunity to add dimension and character to your house,” says Leacy.
Parsley can be added to a classic fish dish for Good Friday, while coriander and chives can spice up other seafood dishes, Leacy suggests.
“Rosemary, thyme and oregano are also handy to have in the garden for when you want to cook a roast.”
To have a salad growing in your garden ready for Easter, he suggests planting rocket, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, carrots and iceberg lettuce.
Matt Leacy’s herbs tips:
What to plant?
Herbs such as lavender, oregano, rosemary and thyme will provide you with a wonderfully fragrant garden and brighten up your garden with shades of mauve and pink.
Create a rustic feature
Use an old barrel to plant numerous herbs, starting from the taller ones in the middle and planting outwards to make a rustic feature for your space.
Arrange your herbs
Some herbs are good for background shrubbery, whereas others are good for pops of colour and should be placed in the foreground. Throw in a curry plant for the silver foliage and colour contrast.
Hold the water
Make sure you don’t over water, overfeed or overplant your herbs.
It’s imperative that when planted in smaller containers, such as planter boxes, tins, baskets or smaller pots, you plant one plant per container so that the roots don’t compete. Larger containers allow you to plant upwards of five species of herb.
Give them rays
Most herbs benefit from at least five hours of sunlight a day, so plant them somewhere that they can soak up the rays. Apart from that they are relatively low maintenance and only require daily watering and occasional fertilising.