CREATE your own windowsill herb garden and you will always have fresh ingredients to hand – for a fraction of the cost of buying them.
I’ve rooted out the best deals and hacks to grow a bountiful crop on a budget. So get planting with these handy tips . . .
SAGE ADVICE: You don’t need much space, just a sheltered sunny spot — indoors or outside. Choose three or four varieties that are versatile and common recipe components. This way you cut the need to buy packs from supermarkets, typically around £1 a pop.
EX-SEEDINGLY TASTY: For packets of seeds, such as basil, parsley and mint, at under £1 go to SimplySeed.co.uk. Wilko sells a grow-your-own kit for £1, with seeds and pots to grow basil, chives and parsley.
If you don’t fancy your chances of growing from seeds, Asda sells a range of living herbs without pots from 65p.
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GO COMPOST: Compost helps plants grow from seed and improves the quality of soil. Buy peat-free to help the planet. Wilko’s multi-purpose compost is £3.50 for 25 litres.
Or you can make your own using everyday household waste, such as grass cuttings, coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable peelings. The Royal Horticultural Society has an online guide.
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HERB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: You can start your seedlings off in washed old yoghurt pots or other tubs destined for the recycling pile
When the plants start to take off, poundshop.com has a £1.50 herb garden wooden crate, which is the perfect size to perch on windowsills.
Flying Tiger also has a fab selection of stylish pots, including metal holders for £1. Buy one for each herb and sit them in a tray — B&Q sells a rectangular terracotta trough saucer for £2.67. Or search your home for containers you can repurpose. Just make sure there are drainage holes at the bottom.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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