I decided to use some of the space in our back garden to grow culinary herbs like thyme, basil, parsley, mint, majoram, oregano and dill for use in herbal teas and meals.
Also, herb plants look and smell nice and deter certain insects which can be a nuisance when it’s warm and sunny.
I decided that, in order to grow as many herb plants as possible, it would be a good idea to increase the area we had available for growing herbs by building a rockery. The rockery increases the growing area available for the ground space it covers as you can grow plants at different heights.
Our back garden is south facing but the height of the fence prevents certain parts of the garden from receiving enough sunlight for plants to grow as fast as possible. Constructing a rockery helps to solve this problem by elevating the herb plants we will grow on it so that they get more sunshine.
I collected most of the rocks and concrete objects we had which were just lying around decoratively in the front garden and piled them up near the pond to form the main structure of our rockery.
Here is a couple of pictures of the rockery.
As you can see from the pictures there is a step at the front of the rockery I made from some spare flags that will enable us to water the herbs at the back of the rockery, near the pond, without having to climb the rocks.
One herb which grows well and which is particularly beneficial for your health is mint. I have planted a few seedlings of mint (I think it’s spearmint) in this plant pot: