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How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings

August 26th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

grow new herbsEveryone loves to get something for nothing, and gardeners are no exception. Herbs can easily be grown from cuttings, this post will show you how to grow new herbs from cuttings already in your garden.

  • Last summer is the perfect time of year to take cuttings from semi-ripe herbs. Herbs that you can take cuttings from include: lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme.
  • Semi-ripe cuttings are taken from stems that are beginning to harden up or ripen before winter. The base of cuttings should be slightly woody and the top of the herb cutting should still be soft.
  • Ensure the cuttings are taken from non-flowering, healthy and pest free plants.
  • Cut herb stems in the morning when temperatures are cooler and cuttings are less likely to wilt.
  • Use a sharp pair of clean pruners and place the herb cuttings into a plastic bag to stop them drying out.
  • If you are unable to tend to the cuttings immediately, store them in the fridge to keep them fresh. They can be stored here for up to 12 hours.
  • Your cuttings should be around 4 – 6 inches long or 10 – 15 cm. If not, you can trim your cuttings to this length by using sharp pruners for a clean cut.
  • Cut of the lowest leaf stems from the cutting, so there are only three or four remaining.
  • Following this, dip the ends of the cuttings into hormone rooting powder/gel. This will improve the chances of growing new herbs from the cuttings.
  • To plant the cuttings, mix sand and potting soil. Fill plastic pots with this mixture and insert the cuttings into each pot.
  • Label each pot so you know which herbs are in each. Water them well and then leave them to drain.

These are just a few tips and tricks on how to begin planting your cuttings. The video below from GrowVeg, offers advice on how you should store your cuttings for the best growth of herb cuttings. If you have any tips yourself on how to grow new herbs from cuttings, do let us know in the comments below.

GrowVeg – How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings

How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings

How to Store and Preserve Herb Cuttings [video]

August 9th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Fresh herbs can transform meal time so it is always worth giving over a little space in your plot or indoors on your windowsill to grow some herbs. Some varieties can be cut throughout the year, but others grow seasonally and so to get an all year round herb supply for the kitchen you will need to cut and store them before they die back.  This video will offer you methods on how to preserve and store your homegrown herbs for use through the winter months. 

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  • Air drying is the easiest method of preserving herbs, gather branches of herbs into loose bunches and then hang upside down in a warm, dry ventilated place. These should be fully tried within two – three days.
  • Microwave drying is a speedier method than air drying.  For this technique, spread out leaves onto a paper towel and then cover over with a second paper towel. Put these into the microwave for 1-3 mins, checking leaves every 20 secs. Allow them to cool before storing them.
  • Some herbs can be successfully frozen to preserve them. Blanch them in boiling water before placing them in ice cold water to ensure that they do not cook any further. Pat them dry and pack them into labelled freezer bags. You can also use ice cube trays to create useful sized herb parcels when you need to defrost them for meals.
  • Creating herb butters is a great way of storing herbs.  Leave the butter at room temperature to soften it, chop up your favourite herbs and mash it thoroughly into the butter with the back of a fork. Pack the butter mixture into grease-proof paper and twist the ends.
  • Store dried leaves whole, this will retain their flavour. Place them in an airtight jar and label with the date and specific herb. Store the jar in a cool, dry place where they should keep for up to a year.
  • Preserve herbs in vinegars and oils to lock in that flavour.  This video posted last week shows you how.

These are just a few ideas of preserving your homegrown herb cuttings throughout the year, enjoying all that flavour as the days get colder. You can find more tips in the video below and if you have any of your own, be sure to share them with us.

How to Store and Preserve Herb Cuttings