Gardening: I am determined that this year the difficult corners I started work on twenty-three years ago shall take some shape, similar in idea, to my original intentions. There were several reasons why the creations lay dormant all this time, the main ones being, life getting in the way and someone else’s ideas being superimposed. I never expected to find my early terracing design under all the unkempt grasses, leaves and healthy large weeds. But, yes, there it was, with little wall intact.
What now: so far I have planted herbs from seed, together with young herb plants. The latest additions are, a variety of mints that are very definitely residing in their pots, they will even be constrained in them. I am expecting an apple mint to join the other varieties soon. I threw some radish seeds in to the ground, let’s hope they’re not too old to respond. It’s worth a try.
My hopes for colourful, peppery and interesting salads lie in nasturtiums, they make lovely vibrant colours with their joyful flowers. They don’t attract aphids and behave like a weed here; they don’t always self-seed like they do in warmer places. They can and do in milder climates. Marigolds were next on the agenda. I planted the wrong ones for salad, but they’ll break up the green leaf food brigade with some pretty flowers. When I realised my mistake, I did set some of the right seeds in little pots on the kitchen windowsill. With any luck, I shall still get a short term supply of edible marigolds,aka calendula.
Of course, most of these plans and wishes depend on the weather warming up encouraging my little crops to grow. It’s nearly June, the weather forecasters have warned of night frosts in some areas. I’m left wondering if I have been a bit too enthusiastic planting herb crops out in late May.