So you know about my inner-plaas meisie and that I’m a little bit obsessed with growing things…so I thought I would share some of my tips on greening up your Summer garden. Our home is covered in glass jars with seedlings and offcuts in various stages of growth. Below is a pic of the shoots & leaves around the kitchen sink:
If you stick a sprig of rosemary in a shallow glass of water it will soon sprout roots and then you can re-plant it, it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow and is awesome for cooking. I’ll wait and see what happens to the onion…
I blogged about succulents here, they really are indestructible and dead easy to grow. I stick off-cuts into a little bit of water and once they’ve sprouted roots they can be re-planted into pots, but mine have lived very happily in just a little bit of water, but it’s also because I like to think I have the magic touch (keep them out of direct sunlight though, and change the water once a week).
I bought these tillandsia’s in Knysna at the Harkerville market and blogged about them here. That was was 6 months ago, and I am happy to report that since then they have lived on nothing but air! I wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I attached them to this racket I found at a yard sale for R5.
How to pot a plant – make sure there’s a hole at the bottom of the pot, then fill the bottom layer with pebbles for drainage. I keep some broken pieces of old terracotta pots and line the bottom with that.
Then fill with good potting soil and mix in a handful of Talbourne organics fertiliser. If you have lots of plants in pots, give them a top-up of fertiliser once a month and they will flourish – I wish someone had told me this trick when I started out!
Use interesting jars and tins that you have lying around – empty olive oil tins are also good to use. Just use a sharp knife to pierce a few holes at the bottom, line with pebbles, then soil then plant. Easy.
These micro basil plants were a great find at Starke Ayres and look very snazzy in salads.
My parsley bush looks like its on crack – and I cut it back just few days ago. I have loads of it in my fridge and found an awesome parsley-almond-chilli pesto recipe – thanks Ammy! Friends and family, prepare yourselves for parsley pesto presents.
Dill is my all time favourite herb, but sadly I’ve never been able to grow it, so i opted for Fennel. If anyone can tell me how to grow Dill, I will pay you a thousand gorillas! Some of my other easy growers are rosemary, thyme, sage, origanum, celery and tomatoes.