The Wall of Herbage

In the kitchen-to-be in the croft house there is an awkward half-wall of space alongside the appliance wall that isn’t deep enough for a cabinet and too awkward for shelf access, but which begs to be used.

I’ve considered many things to make the best use of this small space. Everything from putting up a wall mounted wine rack (with the bottles side on) to a rack for my chopping boards.

My latest idea is a wall of herbs. Maybe not quite so many as in the photo (this looks fabulous in the picture when fully stocked but might look a bit less so with patchy gaps from usage or failures), but maybe a couple of wall-mounted copper or wicker planters that I could pop pots of herbs into for easy access.

We use a lot of fresh herbs. I’m planning to plant herb beds outside the back of the croft, but nipping out for a bunch of parsley in the wind and rain in your flowery apron and wellies isn’t always an attractive proposition. I invariably remember I need herbs after I’ve started cooking 🙄..

We use parsley, coriander, thyme, chives, rosemary, sage and mint most often. Has anyone got experience of successfully growing these indoors?

5 Replies to “The Wall of Herbage”

  1. We’ve tried rosemary, basil and thyme on our kitchen island… they’re ok for two weeks and then start to deteriorate. We get a fair amount of light, but no direct sunshine. They’re much happier on window sills. I don’t think we’re very good at growing stuff indoors to be honest.

    Our outdoor herbs thrive in the summer, and most of them have survived the winter. I think we’ll dry herbs this year towards the end of summer.


      1. I’ve not been typically great with houseplants either. I’m hoping that with the two big light wells in the kitchen roof that they’ll have enough natural daylight to survive! 🤔😊


  2. D > They need a sunny windowsill. The roof windows will let in indirect light, which is good, but not good enough, I’m afraid. Chives grow well enough outdoors year-round in a sheltered spot but don’t like being indoors except a cool greenhouse. Rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs do not survive outdoors year-round : they do very well in a warm greenhouse, but a south-facing conservatory/sun-porch or deep window cill is okay, but can be outside in sheltered sunny position in summer. For rosemary to produce the aromatic oils, it needs warm sunshine, sun-warmed soil surface, but a small pot will overheat, so it really needs to be allowed to grow into a bush even if it is in a pot. I grow our rosemary in very large clay pots, in a greenhouse, so i can put one of the older plants in the suntrap by the front door through the best weeks of summer.

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