Growing herbs from young plants, called plugs, is more popular than growing from seeds.
Plug plants may need to be potted inside in small individual cells or trays first, before being replanted in their final growing position after they have established.
Always harden off indoor plants first before outdoor planting. Do this by leaving them outside during the day in spring, then returning inside to protect from the night-time chill.
When plug plants are ready for outdoor planting, give the soil a rake over to get a good texture.
Gently loosen herbs from their pot or tray and only handle at the leaves and root-ball, not the delicate stem.
Make a hole in the soil big enough to accept the roots and plant so the root-ball is a little below the surface.
- Firm in the soil and water.
Keep picking mature leaves when they’re ready to ensure a good-growing crop and to give space for new shoots to thrive in beds, containers and bags.
Some plug plant herbs will be ready in days, while others need a few weeks, so keep monitoring and picking when needed.