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Herb Garden update- Choosing herbs useful for the work place

Submitted by Studios on Wed, 29/04/2015 - 12:33

For the start of our herb garden we tried to think about what would be useful at the workplace- so our initial plot is a tea based selection, we chose lemon thyme, a variety of mint called 'mint ginger', purple sage, lemon balm, lavender and sweet green fennel. All herbs that can be picked fresh for teas, or dried for a day or a week and used later.

We also discovered that to propagate herbs is really easy! Which means that not only can we enjoy the fresh aspect of herbs, but you can take cuttings from existing plants for free!

We hope this small endeavour will continue to grow, as both the plants and new additions to the beds come into their own. Inspiration for this has been found on an unsuspecting estate in Clapton, where the group Grass Roof Company worked with local residents to utilise all the dreary and untended planters around the estate after noticing one local woman beginning to plant coriander lawns for her cooking. Such a small catalyst for a great and lasting project! They created not just allotments, but useful spaces by growing vines on railings as well as berry plants beneath trees. Lots of the things they planted were edible- and in the spaces outside of the allotments they have planted things that are as low maintenance as possible, providing a valuable and sustainable resource of fresh herbs for locals. When you think about how much these things cost to buy for an individual meal or for your cupboard, it really saves a lot of money as well as being smething that cultivates community and interaction with your neighbourhood, at the very least- the outdoors! Read about the inspirational transformation in a Guardian article here, and more of their community garden projects here

How to take herb cuttings

  • Fill a pot with your compost mix and firm gently leaving a 1cm (1/2in) gap between the top of the compost and the pot.

  • To make cuttings, remove healthy, pest and disease-free shoot tips that are about 10cm (4in) long.

  • Trim off the lower leaves and cut cleanly beneath a leaf joint.

  • Dip cut end into rooting hormone powder to improve its chances of rooting and insert five or six cuttings around the edge of the pot.

  • Water and label.

  • Take several cuttings of each herb to increase your chance of success.

Aftercare

 

  • Put pots in a propagator or secure a clear plastic bag around the pot. An elastic band will hold it in place.

  • Cuttings should have rooted within eight weeks and can then be potted into individual pots.

More news to follow when we have planted!

Bow Arts Green Team