Six on Saturday | Herb Garden

I have a few thoughts about this area of my garden. For one thing the wooden raised beds are rotting, so they need replacing so…

  • do I buy a greenhouse or potting shed and have a couple of smaller metal raised beds in front of it. There is enough space, but I do have the conservatory so is this a waste of money?
  • do I create a natural pond? In which case I shall need to get someone in to do that as all that digging is beyond me now. And I am a little worried that it might attract the rats from the farmyard next door.
  • redesign the raised beds and also plant a crab apple tree and incorporate a seat where I can enjoy the views.
Sage and Golden Marjoram

For now though here are six things in the herb bed on a Saturday.

By far the biggest herbs in the bed are the common sage and golden marjoram – which is a bit of a thug – sadly I lost my purple sage this year.
Common Sage – don’t you just love the texture?

Tulbaghia violacea, known as society garlic has suddenly burst into flower. It usually flowers much earlier, but has been quite poor until now. Obviously the recent rain has made a dramatic difference.

Named ‘Society garlic’ for the delicious garlic flavour it has but without the bad breath. Close up it is like a miniature agapanthus. Leaves, stems and flowers are totally edible. Add leaves to a variety of dishes for a peppery, garlic like flavour. The flowers are especially attractive as a garnish on pizza, meat, salads and soups etc.
I used to have loads of Borage, but pulled out a lot of seedlings. Maybe too many as this is the only one I have seen in the bed this year.
The lemon verbena has grown very tall this year. The flowers are quite insignificant, but rub the leaves between your fingers and the smell is divine – pure sherbet lemon.
Lemon Verbena flowers
Garlic Chives are just beginning to flower now – I rarely use them in the kitchen, but just love the flowers.
A bit of a cheat as this Rosemary is not actually in the herb bed, although I do have some there. This one grows around the huge flat rock in the Gravel Garden and is the one I use to pick for cooking as it is closest to the back entrance. It smells divine when you brush past it.

Whatever I decide to do I shall definitely keep a herb bed.

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Six on Saturday


  1. Cathy says:

    Although I knew tulbhagia was called society garlic I didn’t realise so much of it was edible – I have 3 or 4 varieties in the Coop although none have flowered prolifically, but they have a pleasant fragrance which I wouldn’t say was garlicky at all. I know there have been times in the past when you have felt restricted by not having a greenhouse, and for many it can be a real asset but of course it has to be right for you. You have clearly already given your options plenty of thought! I was given some dried lemon verbena once by a fellow blogger after saying ‘Smelly tea’ did not appeal – it was OK, actually, but definitely sent me to sleep!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Try eating a flower, it is most definitely garlicky! I think I’d prefer a potting shed to a greenhouse, if I can afford it. Being able to store garden tools as well as pot up plants and cuttings under cover would be nice. I have tried the lemon verbena this week, it’s a bit like lemsip!

      1. Cathy says:

        Too few flowers to eat a whole one, but I have now tried a single floret – yes, what a surprise the taste is! One of my friends has a wooden combination of shed and greenhouse, but even in a g/h there is storage space under the staging. Big decision!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sorry, I meant a floret, not the whole flower. I guess they’d look pretty scattered on a salad.

        2. Cathy says:

          Yes, suppose so, although I have never yet scattered any flowers across a salad or anything else… 😉

        3. Heyjude says:

          Haha… neither have I!

  2. Do you use your own herbs in your food? If so, what do you use sage for? And yes, the Garlic Chives do have beautiful flowers … do you think it will grow in a container? I would love to try and grow them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I use some of the herbs, mainly parsley and mint, bay leaves and thyme occasionally. Rarely sage. Chives if I remember! I am sure the chives would grow fine in a container.

      1. Thank you, I’m definitely going to try!

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