How to grow herbs in your garden: Charlie Dimmock’s top tips

Fancy growing an aromatic herb garden in your back yard? Here’s some tips from the gardening expert herself.

Gardening TV legend Charlie Dimmock knows a thing or two about growing herbs.

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And she's shared her top herb growing tips and how best to use them:

1. True to their Mediterranean heritage, the medicinal herbs of sage and thyme simply love the sunshine and grow best in sunny positions.

2. For any lovers of basil, always water it before midday, as this particular herb doesn’t like its roots getting cold at night.

3. Don’t be fooled thinking you need a garden to grow herbs, providing they’re well looked after, herbs can work really well in small containers as part of a window or balcony box.

5. Sick of flies in the summer months? Simply cut some branches from your sage and hang it by the back door to warn away any pesky invaders.

6. Believe it or not, herbs can be frozen. So if you start to accumulate too many cuttings, just pop them in the freezer until you’re ready to make use of them. It doesn’t do any harm to their vibrant flavours.

7. Not only is peppermint a great flavour for tea and other drinks, its medicinal properties make it an antidote for stomach cramps and to relieve cold and flu symptoms.

8. We all love them toasted on the BBQ, but not many people know that marshmallow, as a herb, is particularly good for alleviating dry coughs.

9. Often mistaken as a garden weed, plantain can be most beneficial to the respiratory system, helping to relieve coughs and acting as an expectorant for inflammation in the mouth and throat.

10. Thyme goes a long way when you’re cooking with it, yet this woody herb needs a light prune to keep its shape and prevent them from becoming too brittle.

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