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.

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      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! 🤔😊

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  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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