Last October I decided to take cuttings from our Rosemary bush, using this very useful guide: http://ruralgardener.co.uk/2011/10/10/time-to-take-rosemary-cuttings/. I admit to not taking cuttings very often, pure laziness on my part but now that I’ve done it and had good results I think I will try taking plant cuttings more often. I did not use rooting compound (simply because I didn’t have any) but it doesn’t seem to have mattered, the cuttings already have a small root system developing and seem happy in their rooting tray for now. I will pot them up individually once they’re stronger and the weather is more settled.
My herb patch is bursting with beautiful foliage and scent at the moment. A while ago I went herb shopping and bought a few new ones (for me anyway), Salad Burnet and Evening Primrose to name a few. I also bought my favourite herb of all, mint. The cold winter almost wiped out my collection of mints, I grow them in large pots due to them being so rampant. I’ve now added quite a few different varieties, most of which I probably won’t get around to using but that doesn’t matter – they’re beneficial to bees and butterflies and of course very pretty to look at and lovely to smell. I love the different aromas and how they all seem to gel together in a herby-jungly way.
Did you know there’s a variety called Chocolate Mint? Chocolate heaven without the calories, how cool is that?! Use the leaves with ice cream and other chocolate based deserts, they’re also pretty as a garnish. I treated myself to a pineapple mint too, along with a few more classic garden mints. Which herb is your favourite?