Growing Our Own Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in your food and after years of spending money in supermarkets buying them fresh, Sarah and I thought it would be fun to grow our own.

With that we headed down to Homebase and bought a flat pack herb planter and tin of Cuprinol Seagrass paint. 3 hours of construction and painting later, the final result was pretty good!

Herb Planter
Herb Planter

Once the paint had dried out I stapled in a black membrane to retain the moisture which was also bought from Homebase and trimmed off the excess about 2″ below the top of the planter.

The planter once built was a lot larger than I had expected so it took a good 3 bags of compost to fill it to the level shown below. In hindsight I should have dropped a 4th bag in but it didn’t really matter.

Herb Planter

Sarah took it upon herself to plant the herbs which we’d bought down the left hand side of the planter:

  • Garlic Chives
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Basil

On the right hand side of the planter we bought some strawberry plants as a bit of treat so those went in too with some netting to cover them, protecting them from the birds as they ripen.

We also bought ourselves a tomato plant so time will tell how we get on with it all and if anything will grow!

Tomato plant

Will keep you posted…

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