Get more variety with a mix

They say variety is the spice of life. And when it comes to herbs I couldn't agree more. If I need to add to my herb garden I always grab an Awapuni mixed herb bundle. This way I get one each of several types of herbs, rather than several seedlings of one type of herb. Make sense?

For example, I'm quite a fan of the Awapuni mixed bundle, which includes parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. (See if you can say that out loud without wanting to sing. Hint: are you going to Scarborough Fair).

One seedling for each of these herbs is a good fit with our family. We're able to keep the plants under control and stop them going to seed simply by picking the leaves as we need them. And it also means we can ensure a steady supply, particularly of herbs like parsley, by staggering our planting. That means every few weeks or couple of months we plant another parsley seedling from another mixed bundle.

If you're starting up a herb garden this is a great selection to begin with. But if you're after a different mix check out our online store. We have seven different varieties of mixed herbs available - depending on the season. Otherwise have a look on our Awapuni seedling stand next time you're at your local supermarket or Bunnings.

Once you've got your seedlings you need to find somewhere to grow them. Parsley, thyme and sage all like somewhere sunny and well drained. And rosemary will grow anywhere.

Try planting them in pots, planters, hanging baskets or retaining walls. I've said it before, but I quite often plant my herbs in the corners of my vege patch. I do this because the space is usually empty and means the plant doesn't get in the way of my veges. But also because some herbs go dormant and die down, like chives, so if they're planted in the corner I know I won't accidentally dig them out or try and over plant them.

Once you've found the right place for your plants simply dig a little hole and plant the seedling. Just make sure you space your rosemary approximately 30cm apart from anything else.

You can start picking the leaves off your new herbs as soon as they look like they've become established. And, to keep your rosemary in good health, next spring give it a prune all over.

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