Plant up a winter herb pot

These easy-care aromatics look and smell great!

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At this time of year it’s a case of start as you mean to go on and get going with a few jobs that can be done before spring. Potted herbs that hold strong in winter make a fantastic display now with a useful bit of foliage interest, as well as being a handy culinary container from which to pick sprigs for your warming seasonal dishes.

Grow everything in a large pot or a long, rectangular planter for best effect, and give each plant a deep root run and a wide enough space to grow unencumbered. Ensure lots of drainage holes puncture the bottom, as most of these warmer climate herbs don’t like wet feet! The same goes for the compost as regards drainage – treat your herbs to a nice permanent, soil-based compost such as John Innes No 2 or 3, which has been added to with a few handfuls of grit.

Winter cultivation is mainly keeping herbs away from too much wet in a rain shadow, and raising the pot onto ‘feet’ to improve drainage. Keep plants in a warm, sunny spot through the year.