Since moving into our house, I’ve wanted to grow my own herbs and veggies. So over the last few months, initially spurred on by a friend who gave me some seedlings and then a trip to the House & Garden Show where I stocked up on a few of my favourite green plants, I have been researching and investigating different ways to grow my own.
And then along came Life is a Garden, who have spurred my green fingers to new heights and in the last few weeks alone I have managed to grow lettuce, rocket, parsley and pesto basil! And my fire sticks, snake plants and philodendrons are all thriving too.
Life is a Garden is a national initiative spearheaded by the South African Nursery Association, which shares information on gardening on their website and social media channels to gardeners across SA – so this has become my go-to place for information about what to grow when and where and how to look after my garden.
Let’s not kid ourselves here – a garden can be pretty daunting – mine has so many weeds in the one area now, that I’m going to be knee-deep in them if I don’t get in there soon and that is something I NEVER thought I would ever have to do or say! But the uncanny thing is, I have gotten so into gardening and donning my cute little gloves and brandishing my own set of spades and clippers and the joy felt when the plants start to push their way up through the soil is amazing – truly!
The team at Life is a Garden will be sending me to a new SANA-endorsed nursery each month, to pick up a few goodies and be inspired by the plants and herbs which they have. So far I’ve visited Hingham Nursery in Glen Anil which is a treasure-trove for keen gardeners and it includes a gift shop and tea garden, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a morning. They also have an extremely experienced landscaping team who have been responsible for numerous refurbishments in the Mount Edgecombe Estate. I was given a beautiful array of air plants when I was at Hingham and I’ve loved adding them to my collection:
So here are some tips which I’ve picked up thanks to Life is a Garden:
1. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun!
2. Plant seeds 2 ½ times the size of the seed beneath the soil – yes that’s all. I was about to dig a big hole and throw them in the ground and then found out I only needed to press my finger into the soil and scatter them in there and cover.
3. Homegrown tastes better – I swear my lettuce tastes better than all those I’ve ever bought!
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And let me know what you’ve been successful growing in your own garden – I’m keen for some more tips!