Companion planting is an effective way to protect plants from the unwanted effects of pests and diseases. Many herbs are useful for this purpose, including basil, lavender, rosemary, rue, thyme, chives and garlic.
It is important when buying herb seed to get the correct variety and follow the growing instructions on the packet. All annual herbs are grown from seed and many of the perennial plants also can be started in the same way.
A visit to the local herb nursery or garden centre is worth wile when starting a new herb garden . Container-grown herb plants, especially perennials, can be purchased and out almost any time of the year. provided the ground id free of frost.