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When Life Gives You Crap, Use it to Make a Garden

by Sarah Booth |  | 2 comments

When Life Gives You Crap, Use it to Make a Garden

Posted at 11.00 - 26th March - Sarah Booth

Thyme to find Your inner peas!

Whether you have a plot of land, a balcony or a windowsill; growing herbs, flowers, plants and vegetables give you a sense of purpose and wellbeing – something we all need in spadesful right now!

You can get started with a shed full of tools or a spoon from your kitchen draw…so here’s some top tips to get you growing.

Herb Boxes

Easy to grow, simple to look after and perfect for livening up dinner and drinks!

The most popular herbs to include in your boxes are Mint (great in cocktails), Coriander (for curries), Sage, Thyme and Rosemary (for hearty stews) and our all-time favourite, Basil (good for just about everything)!

You can grow herbs together as long as you remember two rules: avoid mixing those that like plenty of water (such as chives, mint, chervil and coriander) with those that like a well-drained soil (such as rosemary, thyme, sage and basil). Choose herbs of similar sizes for the same pot – a large rosemary will swamp a small thyme plant for example – and select a decent sized box to support the growth of the plants. A 5-litre box is a great place to start.

Vegetable Patch

Spring is the best time to start a veg patch, so why not get digging and produce your own food for summer and autumn. The easiest veg to start off with are salads, radishes, courgettes, beans and beetroot and you can start growing them in small pots inside your home before transferring them to the garden when they have gathered some strength.

Begin by choosing the right spot in your garden (somewhere that gets a lot of sun and is sheltered from the wind) then have fun designing and planning your plot! Remember to dig out old weeds and prepare your soil before you start planting. The soil in your garden may contain too much chalk or clay so it might be better to create some raised beds that you can fill with soil and compost.

Once your indoor seeds are sprouting, transfer them outside, keep them fed and watered and watch your garden turn into a kitchen of goodies.

For more detailed advice on how to get started follow this link from those in the know at Gardeners World.

Wild Flower Meadow

Wild flower gardens are a haven for birds and bees, provide a rainbow of colour and don’t require a lot of room to grow. So if you’re ready to nurture nature, it’s time to get sowing!

Wild flower gardens require a hearty dig to begin with, as the fertile layer of topsoil needs to be removed from your patch to reveal the poorer quality underneath – this is where wild flowers thrive!

After that, simply rake over your soil, plant your seeds and wait for a riot of colour to emerge.

For further tips on sowing your own wild flower meadow take a look at the Wild Flower Garden Expert!

Comments (2)

  • ACAI on March 31, 2020

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  • Joan holley on March 29, 2020

    Hi not sure if you are still trading at the moment? my daughter from Australia ordered a pair of your trousers to coincide with her trip to Iceland whilst visiting family in the U.K. because of COVID unfortunately this trip to Iceland didn’t work out 100% . She had to return to Australia much earlier. She left me the trousers as they were too big she is size 10 as so am I and has long legs I am shorter. I am hoping there will be a possibility to exchange them for a size eight and regular length. so I can use them, thanking you in anticipation.

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