Dobbies Garden Centres are proud to support #NurtureForNature. Their Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, has provided some top tips on how to create a herb pyramid, which is ideal for attracting pollinators.
No matter what size your garden space, it's simple to grow your own herbs. They're low maintenance and easy to grow - some sunshine and regular watering is all they need. A herb pyramid is a great idea if you are short on space and looks great too as a feature pot on the patio.
- 35cm terracotta pot
- 20cm terracotta pot
- 15cm terracotta pot
- Peat-free compost
- Your choice of herbs
- Horticultural grit
- Watering can
- Gardening gloves
- Choose your favourite herbs - a mix of different colours and textures looks great - and three different sized pots. Butterflies particularly like Rosemary, Chives, Marjoram, Thyme and Mint.
- Add your peat-free compost to your largest pot until it's virtually full.
- Sit the next pot on the compost and begin to plant herbs in the bottom pot around the smaller one.
- Think about the positioning of your herbs – Rosemary, Marjoram and Thyme like full sun, whereas Chives and Mint will grow well in full sun or partial shade, so consider this when you are planting.
- Repeat with the middle and top pots.
- Add a layer of grit to the surface of the compost in each pot to keep weeds at bay and stop rain splash marking your herbs.
- Water the pyramid gently. Remember to water regularly during the growing season and feed with liquid fertiliser every week to keep your herbs at their best – ensure they don’t get water-logged.
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Dobbies top gardening products
Dobbies also recommend some of their top gardening products, ideal for when you are working in the garden with your pollinator-friendly plants:
There are further ranges available in the 70 Dobbies stores across the UK.
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