The newly planted herb bed is going ‘great guns’, looking stunning and smelling and tasting delicious! The bed was built about 3 months ago and made simply from sleepers to create two herb beds, a seat and a table. The obvious benefit of this is that I can sit within the herbs with a nice cup of tea/glass of wine and enjoy the pungent smells and aromas as the sun beams down and the breeze gently blows. Not to mention that the herbs can be picked and be in the pot within minutes, not losing any of their potent goodness and flavour. Plenty of space is left when initially planting as herbs grow large very quickly. It’s amazing how this has filled up! Sage, parsley (both curley and flat leaf), creeping thyme, greek oregano, rosemary, lemon balm, chives, tarragon, coriander, Vietnamese coriander, curry leaf, marjoram, bergamot, most of which I have grown from seed are all flourishing and providing something beautiful to behold and deliciously, nutritious to eat 🙂 Particular favourites of mine in this bed are the tarragon, which I love for its delicate, flowing, foliage and delicious taste…..and the bergamot, which is wonderful in salads and drinks and also has great medicinal qualities (good for sore throats, fevers, headaches and very soothing to the digestive tract. The scent is beneficial in relief stress and anxiety). All this and intense, explosive, stunning, brilliant red flowers all from one small plant……….isn’t nature awesome!
I remember as a very small child, maybe 5 or 6 years old, my mother giving me some seeds to plant in a small area of ground in our garden. I was so excited….I could not believe that anything would grow from these tiny seeds, I could barely see. I planted my seeds, marveling at how tiny they were…..I tended them with water and loving care…..and sure enough I grew a patch of purple and white daisies and some radishes! That experience touched a part of me then that is very strong in me now….the complete awe that something beautiful and something that can be eaten and will nourish us, can be grown from such a teeny, tiny seed. I dabbled with gardening from then on for many years, watching my Mum grow her vegetables and growing radishes and other simple things. Then along came my children and in turn I gardened with them, giving them their own little plots in our garden.
When I moved to the house I still live in, about 10 years ago, I discovered, over by the fields, a disused allotment. It was fenced and incredibly overgrown, but with attention, action and time, my husband and I transformed it into a wonderful kitchen garden. We, me, my husband and four children erected a polytunnel (that was a fun experience in itself!), made large raised beds, shingle paths, compost bins, planted fruit trees and procured a shed. This space is now, for me, a complete sanctuary where I grow all manner of fruit and vegetables. I nurture and tend them well from the teeny tiny seed to the fully productive plant and they repay me with their luscious, delicious, nutritious offerings. It thrills me that I can produce the most wonderfully, delicious food from just a tiny seed and that my produce is used in Heart Kitchen….I put so much love into those fruit and veg it seems only fitting that the process continues ☺