Because I’m just so off-the-chart wild and crazy, this weekend I visited a garden centre and purchased a little selection of herbs. I love cooking with fresh herbs, so I’ve always wanted to have my own growing in the garden (those bunches you get in the supermarket can be really expensive, and so annoying when you only need a sprig or two!).
I had limited space to work with, so I had to whittle it down to three varieties: thyme, rosemary, and sage. I chose these three because a) I use them in my cooking on a regular basis, and b) they’re all woody herbs, which I’m led to believe makes them easier to grow. I’m notoriously terrible at keeping plants alive (it’s a running joke in my office), so this seemed like the best option if there’s any chance of them surviving my murderous black thumb!
Once I’d brought my herb babies home, I simply popped them in some pots with a bit of soil, and left them to do their thing! I’m sure there’s a LOT more to it, and I probably missed out some vital steps, but I’m a beginner so let me off. I can only learn from my mistakes.
I used the thyme to flavour a roast chicken on Sunday, and the rosemary made for some deeeelicious garlicky roast potatoes! I also really enjoyed how therapeutic the whole thing was (except when the dog did a poo right next to me whilst I was de-potting the thyme which slightly ruined the vibe – thanks Daisy). It might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but I’m excited to watch my little herbs grow!
Have you got any tips for a novice gardener with an awful track record?