The Garden

Had it not been for the recent rains, this might have played out like the desert scene in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Eva as Eli Wallach and the carrots as Clint Eastwood.

I’m happy to say that my vegetable garden is coming along well. It’s a modest size, taking up part of the side garden, originally reserved for the hills hoist. What I wanted was something that I could potter around for 10 minutes in after work and it fits that bill perfectly.

It features a lemon tree and a lemonade tree. The lemonade tree has coughed up a couple of edible lemon-like fruit this season and we’re hoping for a big year next year. The lemon tree went much of the way for providing for a giant jar of preserved Moroccan lemons.

Herbs are parsely, thyme, coriander, sage, rosemary and fennel. A Holden 186 straight 6 engine block is doing a great job a a herb planter. I’ve also just got some Mexican paleo-coriander seeds that I’m going to plant.

Vegetables; the carrots are the go. Grown from seed, they’ve been enthusiastic enough to require thinning. Next to them is baby beetroot. Apparently the leaves are great in a salad but I always worry I’ve mixed it up with rhubarb, which has deadly leaves. Rocket’s rampant. Snowpeas, are also away and working their way up the trellis, and broadbeans, grown from seed, are just popping up. A nifty trick I got from the telly is to use an empty egg carton as a seedling box.

It’s not going to get us through a famine but it fies my soul and fills the spot.

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  1. Matt C’s avatar

    I can’t get sage to grow… It doesn’t die, the seedlings just don’t grow. I’ve tried lots of sun and none, lots of water and none, the buggers just don’t sprout any new leaves. What’s your secret?

    1. Anthony’s avatar

      I can get mine to grow without any special treatment and the best spot for it gets midday sun but it it’s not especially sunny position. But, like thyme, it just suddenly drops dead. I think the solution is jsust dishes with rosemary.

    2. Carmen’s avatar

      How cute. Just want to eat her.
      My sage doesn’t look too good either. No idea why. I did plant it in a sandy poor soil. No sun or fertilizer hardly any water and the dog keeps peeing on it. Any help?!

      1. Anthony’s avatar

        This is a rejigged dog called lucky joke, no?

      2. Carmen’s avatar

        Dog is called Alfie 17 year old black Cocker Spaniel with a broad rib cage. All my herbs are afraid of him. Sage has to live from now on in a pot.

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