Salad Greens & Herbs

There has been a large amount of rain lately so many green vegetable crops have been ruined, resulting in a shortage / price hike of buying them at the supermarket. We eat a lot of spinach and lettuce so I thought I would try my hand at growing our own.

I ripped out the dead tomato plant and gave the soil a dig over with some compost. As this planter box is half under the eaves of the house, I need to make sure I remember to water it frequently.

I bought Some Yates Spinach –  Winter queen variety and Urban Gourmet Salad Greens. For the spinach, I’ll be planting them direct in the garden. I’ll need to feed them plant food every 2 weeks. I think I’m actually going to start putting these kind of tasks into my ical… otherwise is it guaranteed I won’t remember to do it.

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The Salad greens are mixtures of lettuce seeds in a pellet. These will grow super fast so if I am organised, we will have a continual supply of lettuces and spinach for the winter.

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The other half of the planter is now home to my herb garden. I have Basil (which has been in there for a couple of months), Coriander, Thyme, Rosemary and Italian Parsley. I have sage growing in a pot on the stairs. These were all looking very sad in their pots, but are already seeming much happier.

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I’m going to start some of the pellets in these little pots just til they are big enough to plant in the garden. Then when they go into the garden, I will grow some more seedlings on the windowsill.

 

 

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