Jekka’s Herb Garden is designed to inspire people to grow and use herbs. It is based on Jekka’s RHS exhibits and our 2016 show garden. Started in 2022, see its evolution in the timeline below.
Designing Jekka's Herb Garden
Jekka's herb garden design
The design of Jekka’s Herb Garden is based on the infinity symbol, a figure of 8, encompassing two large flowers. Each petal of the flower forms a different themed herb bed. The herb petals are the ideal dimensions for you to replicate at home. The herb petals themes include culinary, pollinators, herbal infusions and medicinal. Read Jekka’s blog for all the different herb petals and the planting plan.
Filling Jekka's Herb Garden with soil
Recycling our compost
The soil is the engine of the herb garden
One of the most important things to consider when growing herbs, apart from watering, feeding and sunlight, is the soil. This is the engine of any garden or container and it will control how your herbs will grow. Soil is part of the overall ecosystem and therefore, understanding, feeding and maintaining your soil is very important to the health of your herbs.
Most herbs will grow quite happily in typical garden soil, as long as it has good drainage. However, some herbs are native to the Mediterranean and prefer gritty, well-drained soil. Good drainage is crucial because the roots of Mediterranean native herbs are likely to rot in moist soil. If your garden soil is heavy, grow these herbs in containers or raised beds similar to the ones in Jekka’s Herbetum.
At Jekka’s Herb Farm we have three large compost bins that produce a beautiful and light compost. We sifted the soil to remove any roots or other plant matter that had not composted down.