Monday, 16 July 2012

Thrifty Gardening

I had great plans to plant a herb garden when we moved in two months ago.  It wasn't long before I discovered that there is very little soil in most of the garden and I didn't think that my herbs would do well growing in the gravel.  I saw an idea at the garden centre: plant a stacked planter with a variety of herbs.   I bought the herbs some weeks ago and I've been trying to keep them alive until I was able to get organized and plant them.  The larger pot was a bargain buy because it was cracked and it cost $10.  My husband did a fibreglass repair and it is as good as new and we saved a considerable amount of money on the full price.

Another thrifty idea was to create plant labels from twigs.  I used maple as we have an overgrown tree in the garden.  Cut the branches into the length required and slice off the bark on one side of the end.  Allow the sap to dry before writing on them with an indelible marker.  I love this eco-friendly idea and they look so natural in the garden, as well as been much cheaper than herb markers.

Now all we need is for the sun to come out again and encourage a bit of growth.  I planted the usual Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme as well as Chives,  Greek Oregano, Basil and Spearmint (safely enclosed in a double pot to prevent a take-over).

I am very satisfied with the results and think that the fragrance of herbs at our door will be a welcome to visitors.  With any luck, it may also deter some of those nasty mosquitoes!