I can’t believe we waited as long as we did to set up a little veggie garden. It took us what, 2.5 years? How silly. We don’t have anything big – a small raised 1.5m x 1.5m box that Rob put together just out near the kitchen so we can grab what we need easily, and as we are always in this part of the garden we can keep an eye on things, watering, and pulling weeds as we need to. I used to spend a fair bit on herbs at the fruit shop…now no more!
ANYONE can create one of these. You can use a styrofoam box even on your balcony. Either big or small there isn’t anything much better than being able to USE something that you have grown. Simple pleasures my friends!
Think about the things you use most in your cooking and plant those first. For us it was:
The rest of the selections have been trial and error and fun for the girls to get involved in. Things like carrots and chili plants. After the last few days of rain the patch is positively PERKY!
Thyme is perfect for roast chicken. Whack it up the bum with a lemon cut in half, some garlic cloves, butter, salt and pepper and you are SET.
I use shallots pretty much every day. I am SO proud of these – look at them standing tall!
These tomatoes are Rob’s. I will leave them to him until they are fruiting and ripe whereby I shall claim their success my own. Standard practice round here.
Daisy is addicted to chives – strange, but true. If you love scrambled eggs, you’ll love chives. If you love boiled potatoes with lashings of Lurpak, you’ll love chives. Plant some!
Carrot are essential for smug Instagram photos. Also good for eating.
If I was inclined to roll a green smoothie, I do believe the odd spinach leaf could come in handy. But for us it will be used in salads and tossed through roast veggies.
Mint is for mojitos. Well DER.
And if a baby cos leaf doesn’t complete your sambo, then NOTHING will.
This little patch is in full sun which is perfect for all the herbs. We just used a regular potting mix to fill it up and haven’t had too many problems with pests or weeds (so far). The frosts of winter only killed with basil – who knows HOW put the coriander went mad over winter. One thing you need to remember is that you have to water, water, water and then water some more.
It’s not big. It’s not fancy. But it’s all we need and it’s VERY good. I’m never going back. You should really give it a go, you should!
What’s good in your veggie patch at the moment?
What’s missing from ours?
What’s your secret weapon with growing food?