With my veggie patch well on the way, the long weekend provided the perfect opportunity to fill in some of the spaces. With plans to make this area as productive as possible, but also, a delightful place to be, I felt an injection of flowers was in order.
First I companion planted nasturtiums under the pre-existing lime tree; not only will these bring a delightful punch of colour, but they are also entirely edible so I look forward to sprinkling the flowers and leaves over summer salads and cupcakes. Next off: Herbs. An absolute essential addition, especially as the pre-established ones already around the garden were beginning to look very tired. However these I didn’t want to place in the veggie beds themselves; I had realised, after close inspection, that the cubby house-turned-shed had potential as a rooftop garden and this was where I wished to plant my herbs. Not only could I ensure I was saving precious ground space, but the location would provide them with plenty of sunshine. (I should mention this is not a tall cubby house, the roof is very accessible.) I quickly established two rows of potted plants- a row of herbs and a back row of hardy perennials- namely red and blue salvia. I also added some marigolds and white cosmos- I don’t know how they will cope, but hopefully they will act as a bee attracter, so I took a chance.
Rummaging around the cubby-house-turned-shed I found some abandoned vertical hanging growing bags. Note- apparently these have fallen out of favour, as I could not find anyone who stocked them. Perhaps they are not very effective? Or simply are considered quite kitsch? Still I had three, so within these I planted:
1. Strawberries, with a sprinkling of spring onion seeds to grow out the top.
2. Mixed lettuce leaves and rocket
3. Leftover Tommy Toe tomatoes seedlings and basil. I’ll be honest I have no idea how, or even if, these will work but we shall see.
With my plans of purchasing more vertical growing bags dashed, I still had plenty of fence space. Here I attached two hanging baskets and planted the remaining mixed lettuce leaves in one, and a sad-looking 50 cent wasabi rocket in the other, I also threw in some dill and oregano seeds for luck.
Finally I planted the remaining marigold and cosmos in the bare veggie bed. These will brighten up the bed without messing with the soil for next crop rotation. Well supposedly. I think.