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Grow Your Own Garnish

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Sometimes sprinkling something like a few sprigs of parsley or basil over your dish can transform an ordinary meal into a flavoursome feast. I usually use dried herbs because they tend to last longer and are less expensive. The other week, however, I found some living herbs in the supermarket at a reduced price, so I thought that if I planted them in a bigger container, I would be able to grow my own garnish - or at least provide an ongoing treat for my guinea pigs to nibble at.

Time: 15-20 minutes


Between 1 and 3 pots of living herbs
Medium sized flower pot
Trowel or large spoon


Using a trowel, fill your flower pot a quarter of the way up with soil

Turn your potted herbs upside down and gently ease them from their pots.

Place the herbs on top of the soil in the larger flower pot.

Continue filling the flower pot with soil so that it reaches the rim of the herbs. Make sure not to go above this level or cover any of the stems with soil.

Pat the soil down so it is level, then find a place to put it. If it is summer, then you should be able to leave it outside and get some sun, but if it is winter and the weather is bad, keep it inside.

Give the herbs a good watering. Make sure only to water the soil and not the leaves of the herbs as that will batter them.

Do not start taking cuttings right away. Give the plant a chance to grow by giving it water as and when it is needed.

Once your herbs have grown sufficiently, you can start taking cuttings to garnish your meals.

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