Grow Your Own Herbs and Edible Flowers

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Guest blog by Sam Hadadi,

Step into Spring and Grow Your Own

Here at Lucy Bee, we’re huge fans of growing our own. From beautiful, vibrant rainbows of fruit and veg to fresh and fragrant herbs, we love filling our garden with produce we can load our plates with.

If you’re looking to start growing your own herbs, there’s no better time to plant up than spring. With colourful shoots already starting to peek through the ground and fluffy lambs prancing across fields, it’s the perfect time for new beginnings.

Herbs to Flavour Foods

Herbs from the garden

You can really make the most of this fresh new season (and – here’s hoping – lots of sunshine!) by keeping your own herb garden and it makes a great, low-maintenance way of adding a touch of homegrown goodness to your plate.

Whether you choose to grow aromatic thyme, fragrant rosemary or sweet basil, a little snip or sprig of your own herbs will add depth and flavour to your dishes that a dried jar of supermarket herbs could never compete with. Better still, you’ll save a fortune and feel a touch of pride every time you dish up.

If you are short on space, there are plenty of herbs you can grow on your shelf, all year long – basil, bay leaves, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage are all great places to start.

Our Top Tips for Growing Herbs

If you’re looking to get started, we’ve got a few of our top tips for growing your own herbs.

  • Don’t feel you have to start from scratch with growing your own, we’re real fans of buying those herb plants that have already started to grow and then re-potting them in larger pots as they get bigger. They don’t need too much looking after, just some warmth and water and they flourish! You can then move them outside and even replant in the garden if you have space.

However, if you fancy having a go from scratch, all you need is some seeds, pots and compost:

  • To get started, simply fill pots with moist compost and sprinkle over a few seeds of your choice. Cover the seeds with more compost, then wrap the pot with clingfilm to create a warm microclimate to help germination. Once the seeds have started to sprout, separate them into larger pots.

Although herbs are pretty easy to care for, keep them watered and trim them every now and again to encourage a flush of new leaves.

Edible Flowers

We have two new team members, Sadi and Helena, who are helping out on twitter, amongst other things, and Helena, is a huge fan of edible flowers and often uses them to add colour to her foods. And, trust us, her food always look beautiful!

Edible Flowers

If you want to learn more, here’s a few top tips from Helena, aka our very own new beginning, on growing edible flowers:

  • Edible flowers look great as a colourful garnish on top of cakes or even salads, with favourites including violas and pansies.
  •  To grow your own, simply find a spot of space in a flowerbed (or even a flower pot, if that’s not possible) where there’s plenty of sunlight to help them thrive.
  • Feed the flowers whenever they’re looking thirsty and to help them grow and flourish, deadhead them (this means trimming the flower at the base of the stem) once the flower starts to wilt.
  • If do you want to try and grow your own, have a little read about which flowers are suitable for eating first – you need to be careful as some flowers, such as daffodils, are toxic! Happy eating…

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Sam Hadadi is an ex-BBC journalist and now a freelance writer specialising in fitness and food. Sam is co-founder of a great blog, www.iamintothis.com.