If planting in a container, fill two-thirds with peat-free compost. For growing in both pots and the ground, aim to plant the herbs a hand’s width apart.
Use a trowel to dig a hole slightly larger than the herb rootball and plant your herb plant. Backfill with compost and firm around the plant, gently.
Add more compost around the plants if necessary. Water well.
Label the herbs so your children know which is which.
Top tips for making a herb garden
Plant your herbs in the right spot – too much sun can cause basil, parsley and coriander to flower and seed, which stops them producing delicious leaves. However, oregano, mint, chives and rosemary thrive in sun, so are best planted in a sunnier spot.
It’s best to grow mint in a pot on its own, as it can quickly smother other herbs.
Remember that most herbs are Mediterranean so don’t need too much water. Basil hates being over-watered – water it during the day only and don’t let its roots sit in water.
Sow seeds of annual herbs every two-three weeks so you have a continuous crop throughout summer.
It’s a nice idea to let some herbs flower, as they attract bees. Oregano and rosemary flowers are particularly popular with bees. You could also leave annual herbs such as coriander and basil to flower after they’re past their best.