Summer garden project: herb planter

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As the weather is taking a turn for the better and April showers are behind us, why not try your hand at a planter project and make the most of the summer sun? Plant these fragrant evergreen herbs in the garden and allow them to flourish over the next few months ahead of the festive season. We’ve got a plan in mind for these herbs later in the year including a delicious Pink Lady® and herb stuffing and a gorgeous, green table centre! But for now, you will need the following for your planter project:

A pretty trough or suitable box as a planter, broken crocks (bits of broken pot) or pebbles for drainage, good free-draining compost, and small herb plants – we used thyme, sage and rosemary, succulent seedlings, pine cones, twigs and moss.

To make the herb planter:

1. Choose a container that will sit nicely on your Christmas dining table or wherever you plan to have the display

2. Line the container with crocks in a layer to create drainage for the plant roots – this is particularly important if there are no holes in your planter

3. Half fill the container with compost

4. Take the herb plants out of their pots and loosen the roots slightly if they are tightly matted

5. Position the herb plants in the container so that it looks good from all angles

6. Back fill around the plants with more compost and firmly slot them in well

7. Use tiny succulents to fill any gaps and create interesting texture contrasts in the arrangement. Make a hole with your finger or a dibber and tuck them in.

8. Place the container in a sunny spot and pinch out the tips of the herbs regularly to keep them bushy. Until Christmas comes around and you’re ready to make the stuffing, you’ll be able to use them to flavour your summer cocktails!

Essential tip: Before the weather gets cold again, put your planter in a sheltered frost-free spot in order to keep the plants looking tip top. Essential tip: Before the weather gets cold again, put your planter in a sheltered frost-free spot in order to keep the plants looking tip top.

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