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Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 16:37

Oh Lindylou your German Shep is beautiful!

Thanks for the warning about winter protection. I need to keep this in mind I think when I plan the lay out so that I don't end up with a bare patch all winter! (I know the chives will need something interesting next to them so it wont be bare around that area).

Winters here seem very varied: last year we had it very mild in fact I think we only got two proper frosts but the year before we had a good thick layer of snow several times to ensure that we could impress the neighbours with our snowman building skills.

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:30

Is this the one you're referring too Pete?


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 15:29

Bekkie that sounds like my godmothers old dog - I used to have to physically carry it out the house when I let it out in the afternoon. If it was grey / windy / wet / potentially any danger of it being moist out the dog didn't want to know and would rather stay on the sofa!

I've not been happy with this place for a while now, I know work is very rarely "perfect" but I left a pretty damn awesome job to be with my partner so I know good jobs are out there. Unfortunately the job I /really really/ want they can't afford to pay me until they get some more money in. The role of the job? Getting the money and visitors in! What an awful catch 22 to be in.

I'm going to discuss with my partner whether we can afford for me to go part time in some menial job (probably not) so that I can work there part time for six months free of charge under the agreement that if I prove capable of getting the funds flowing they'll then employ me full time. We'll see. Unfortunately having just brought a house and new (to me) car my savings pot is rather depleted else I'd have considered offering them three months free full time work to show them what I'm capable of and to get the money at least starting to roll in so that they'd be then able to pay me.

Shame how life works out! Now where's that large lottery win...


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:30

Not sure after 10 miles any of us want to go near your feet Bekkie!

But that does make me wonder that if I am made redundant on Friday if the local animal sanctuary will let me foster a dog until I find somewhere else to work so that I can make the most of the weather between posting out my CV and explore the beautiful area! I really miss all the walking I used to do with the neighbours dog every evening. I bet the dog does too - it used to meet me at the bottom of the drive with its lead! Trouble with working is that its just not fair of us to have a dog inside all day


(Not that fostering a dog for a few weeks is possibly fair on them but it can't be nice them being in the kennels all the time).

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 14:12

I'm scared if I get too close to the pond they'll drag me in!

Fortunately my (now 7) real gold fish in the pond are a little more suited to the scale (if insistent on eating every plant in the pond as if I don't feed them twice a day with luxurious pellets!)


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:45

Oh dear :/ (One would have hoped if you spent £150k on equipment and software that the person buying would have been switched on enough to haggle free training!)

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:43

Oooh didn't see you there Phillippa! I will have lavender growing all the up the footpath (in the area marked yellow) so there will be plenty of that fortunately (I love the smell of lavender).

I'll try the fennel out next time I cook a fish dish. We're meant to be having a full fish on the BBQ on Sunday to maybe now is my chance!

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:38

Is Marjoram similar to Oregano? I'm afraid my knowledge of plants is a very limited but when I google search Marjoram Oregano appears? I will have to investigate further on this. Thank you for sharing your ideas - I must find out what kind of Oregano the one I have now is! (I've not harvested any yet to taste - I'm afraid after all the growing plants from seeds I get a little upset about having to cut them!)

Ooh Lemon Thyme that's an idea.


Just in case it helps the herb garden will be going in a sheltered area partly shaded by the apple tree. This picture shows the garden in January:

 We'll have two greenhouses (yay!) side by side in the area where there's currently one (in black) so the herb area (in purple) will be very protected from winds coming off the open play field behind us. I'll be able to nip over the hideous patio straight from the kitchen door to harvest when we're cooking

Herb Garden Essentials

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:18

Thanks for the suggestions. I've basil in a pot at home but its looking a little sorry for itself so might be replaced with a shop brought one (I've had great success planting a shop brought one before).

Coriander and parsley - good idea! I wouldn't have thought of those but parsley often is mentioned in recipes (and instantly ignored as I don't have any!)

I hadn't thought of different types of mint (I've three but have no idea what they are - other than one being water mint. One is big and bushy and generally growing like mad the other one quite small leafed and much more delicate in danger of being swamped by the larger). That's an excellent idea (not a mojitos drinker but the family are!)



Posted: 02/07/2014 at 13:12

Lesley - trust me it works! I would never suggest something I'm not prepared to first trial on myself! (I actually have bruises on my knees from the bouncy castle now - HOW CAN YOU BRUISE ON A BOUNCY CASTLE??)

Fidget - hope he gets it trimmed soon!

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