Every garden, however small, should grow herbs. Not only are they super easy to grow, they can also add delicious flavours to home cooked meals. But the best reason to grow herbs is simple – they will save you a fortune.
If you go to the supermarket here, you’ll pay around 3.95chf (that’s about $4) for a small pack of most herbs. Not only are you going to be paying for the packaging (which is almost always not biodegradable), you are also paying for herbs that are past their prime because they’ve been sat in plastic packages for weeks.
When we first got the roof terrace we went a bought a load of herbs. My mum posted me some mint, and we also picked up a lot of other varieties at gardens and garden centres that we visited along the way. Now, we have everything from pineapple mint to genepi, with the staples of rosemary, thyme, lavender and chives, thrown in for good measure.
We use them fresh, dried them and freeze them, and consequently, they have paid for themselves many times over.
But, the reason that you should grow chives over all other herbs (if you are tight on space), well, it is because of the flowers. Chive flowers are beautiful, edible additions to almost any dish. You can use them to garnish your plate, or you can actively hunt them down with the fork because they taste divine. They are also, when still in the garden, heaven for bees and other insects, so everyone is happy.