I’ve asked Nick to write a guest post today about the beginnings of our sensory herb garden. We’ve (Nick and I combined) never lived in an abode with a garden before, and Nick has taken to it with great gusto and enthusiasm. So without further ado, I hand the reins of Blogdom over to him for the day:
So I’m going to preface this post by saying that I am in no way green-fingered. The extent of my gardening experience is growing sunflowers as a child (something which we are definitely going to do with Busby when she’s older). However I’d like to think that this is due to never really having a garden of my own before. The two houses I grew up in both had lovely gardens thanks to my parents’ ministrations, but they were never really my gardens. So now we actually have a garden, albeit a small one I thought it would be good to try and grow some things. Obviously nothing too complicated, as I mentioned I don’t have a great deal of experience, and also something else is taking up a fair chunk of my free time with gurgles, cuddles and weaning. But speaking of my darling daughter, I also thought if I could grow something in the garden that she would enjoy then it would all be to the good.
I remember reading somewhere in the reams of baby literature that has entered out lives, that babies have a very acute sense of smell. With this knowledge an obvious choice of plant seemed to be herbs. Aromatic for Busby (and ourselves to enjoy) over the summer, plus relatively hardy so even my limited gardening experience shouldn’t be a limiting factor. Also, if we start getting back in the kitchen more as we are hoping to, then they should come in handy there too, as well as saving us a few pennies by not having to buy them regularly from the supermarket (as I write this post I realise that I’m turning more and more into my father – maybe saving money and gardening is a natural consequence of becoming a Dad).
|Lemon thyme, rosemary, chives and parsley.|
So, to get started we went to the garden centre where they had a deal on of 4 herb pots for £5. We picked up some lemon thyme, chives, rosemary and parsley. We also got some fresh herb pots from the supermarket which included mint, coriander, basil and oregano.
|Basil and oregano|
We already a flowerpot from our previous flat (where it never actually got used on the balcony-cum-fire escape), plus we had a couple of pots from plant gifts various lovely people had bought us. So using my fork and trowel (I was bought as a Christmas present by my beautiful fiancée), I set about re-potting the herbs. Admittedly it took me a couple of days to get round to it, and I’m sorry to report that the coriander didn’t make it. However, the others are doing well (the mint is a bit windswept but I figure mint is pretty hardy).
|(Slightly) windswept mint!|
On that note I have deliberately put the mint in a separate pot as I know that it tends to spread, and take over wherever it is – my one gardening tip of the post! I’ve placed the herb pots in as sunny and sheltered place in our garden as possible. It’s a couple of days after re-potting, and I’ve kept them well watered; so far they seem to be doing ok! (Although snails have taken a bite out the basil, which I’m annoyed about!). I’m hoping to keep going along this theme in future posts with how the herb garden is progressing, as well as a few recipes using said herbs. I also give Busby’s opinion in the sensory herb garden when next we get out there. So please, keep watching, smelling and tasting this space!