Gardening expert shares best way to plant basil after warning over supermarket herbs

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) expert Rebecca Bevan shared how to grow herbs in a 2012 YouTube video. In the video, Ms Bevan shared a plethora of advice with viewers looking to grow their own thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary, chives and basil. However, the gardening expert warned fellow gardeners against buying basil plants at the supermarket and planting them at home.

While buying supermarket herbs and planting them in your own pot may sound like an instant fix, it could cause problems down the line.

Ms Bevan said: “If all you’ve got is a sunny windowsill indoors then basil is the thing to grow.

“Now, you can buy this from the supermarket but it won’t last very long.

“To produce a nice, strong plant that’s going to last right through the summer and autumn, it’s best to grow it from seed.”

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Ms Bevan also explained how to plant other herbs in the garden or in containers too.

She said: “You can grow a really wide range of herbs in containers and that means you can plant up your own miniature herb garden for a patio, balcony or windowsill.

“The important thing to do is to group herbs together that have the same requirements so rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano.”

The RHS gardening expert said these herbs are all Mediterranean herbs so they’re “ideal” for a pot in the sun.

“That’ll probably take a year or two.”

Ms Bevan then recommended watering the herbs and adding more compost if the soil shrinks in the pot.

For shadier spots, the horticulturalist recommended planting chives and mint.

She said they’d be “really happy in a lightly shaded position in your garden”.

“In fact, if all you’ve got is a shady windowsill, the mint would be idea and it’s a good idea to plant mint on its own in one container because it will take over anything else,” she added.

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