Spring, it seems, has sprung! Compared to the bitter cold of last March, when I was drifting about the home in a heavily pregnant daze, checking off calendar days and admiring the snow outside. Even as a firm lover of all things morbid, dark and rainy, I’m enjoying waking up to the rays of sunlight and taking warm afternoon strolls in the park!
When we moved into our house – which has now been our humble abode for 18 whole months – we had great designs on the incredibly small back garden space bestowed upon us. In some ways, I love it, having no grass means very little maintenance and the area is also nice and shady. On the other hand, whilst we were able to grow an unsightly amount of tomatoes last year in our makeshift allotment, I couldn’t help but look out of my lounge window and fancy seeing something a little more pretty! Winter came and went, I wrote about ideas for a small garden space on the old blog and we decided 2014 was going to be the year of the Innovative Garden Space! I’m seeing a little rusty table and chairs and sunflowers, I really want sunflowers!
I can’t take full credit for our ideas, Mr J constantly has his head stuck in this little book I bought him for Christmas, but I thought I’d start off our little How Does Your Garden Grow mini series by showing you our little window herb garden! Ain’t it pretty?! And so useful for picking straight from plant pot to saucepan!
Being that our windowsill gets a lot of sunshine in good weather, we decided to make a mini herb garden to soak up the sun – herbs are very easy to grow, we are always using them in our cooking and many can grow all year round. So we kickstarted with some Basil, Coriander, Parsley and Rosemary and what’s best of all? Our little set up cost us absolutely nothing, apart from the seeds themselves and the compost! The recycled materials have all been saved and salvaged and we have plenty more yoghurt pots and egg boxes to add when we start to grow more.
The two tiered rack we have used is an old shoe rack we were given a couple of years ago, sprayed white to fit in with the kitchen decor. The mini greenhouse was a present from myself two Christmasses ago and we were given a Garden Basil Pot by my Mum as a gift. All other containers are recycled, housing little seedlings whilst the eggbox *should* house our first batch of tomatoes for the season. The Coriander is growing at a rate of knots at the moment – which means there is no excuse for a good old homemade curry – whilst the other herbs are catching up fast and the current lovely weather we are experiencing should help things along a little! The only thing it needs now is some sort of mini bunting – but there you have it, a little piece of our homegrown home!
Look out for more frugal garden spaces in the coming months!
Stay Peachy x