Finally I have a some fresh herbs, I’ll admit my little herb garden is still young and not overly well stocked yet but everyone has to start somewhere. For those of you who don’t know we have a small garden which, although private whilst we are in residence, is still considered to be part of the community. As such it is tended by a gardener (at least this is what he calls himself!) This has, unfortunately, led to a few disappointments during my plant-growing attempts.
Early in Spring I planted lots of seeds – flowers, (including nasturtium and sunflowers) some tomatoes, peppers and a small selection of herbs. On the days when we had no rain I checked they weren’t too dry and I fed them once a week. Every night when we got home from work I would pop out to see if there was any progress.
The nasturtium made the first appearance, a lovely spread of around 20 – 25 seedling poked their first leaves above ground and I was very happy! The sunflowers were not too far behind followed by the first showing from the tomato plants. All was good in my gardening would until one evening we came in as usual, I opened the patio doors, stepped outside to see …… perfectly hoed earth – not a seedling in sight! I was so sad! The community “gardener” had weeded all my lovely plants.
A few days later (still sulking) I came across the remaining sunflower seeds and just planted the lot, not really expecting much as it was now some weeks after their optimum planting period. I can now report that they are all making a valiant effort even though there are no signs of flowers just yet. Meanwhile the gardener had left me two dwarf sunflowers in pots by way of an apology – begrudgingly accepted. The next visit he strimmed my newly planted mint and parsley!
And so, to my little herb garden. I decided, to be safe, I needed it to look entirely intentional so as to avoid any misunderstandings and so we dug a new bed outside the bedroom patio. We rescued the sorry looking mint and parsley and planted oregano, basil, rosemary and a small chili plant. We have already eaten some of the chilies (they are pretty potent) and so far the gardener has left well alone.
Bye for now!