The backyard has always hated me, ever since I first hurled a fork into it three and a half years ago. The soil was compact and the grass never grew just right, when it grew at all. The main run of the tiny townhouse lawn’s a dirt heap that we hide from view and pretend doesn’t exist. On the other side the soil’s perfect; having tended to it as a simple flower garden and small herb garden that, has since, fallen from grace. Now it’s just been five months of staring solemnly at the once-great backyard project, followed by a sigh.
Boredom’s recently gotten the best of me – being on the last legs of the study break and having run out of lounging steam. I couldn’t take another day of nothing, so I went and lay outside. I can’t remember the exact thought train that led to the decision, but I looked to the shaded graveyard of a garden and just said ‘F**k it, let’s grow it again’.
Bigger, better, badder. A herb garden wouldn’t suffice anymore, the landlord be damned! If I want potatoes, I’ll grow them in a sack. If I want lettuce I’ll fill a pot with them. I had to take a minute to calm down when I caught myself poking around the house, questioning what I could drill holes in to grow food inside of.
I bought worms and started a compost heap, scoured the classifieds for someone selling pre-turned manure and everything else just fell into place.
I’ve picked out two potato species and ordered the seedlings – Kipfler and Kennebec, but It will be a month or more before we see much of anything from them.
The updates forthcoming, I’ll keep it at herbs for now.
I wanted to nail some, to me anyway, iconic “junk food” items. Sure, these items can just be grabbed at your local guzman, but why not funk it up at home a touch?
Amounts aren’t given for produce items or items where it really is up to the cook. Create your dishes how you like them, where you want them to go.
It’s also an excellent time (in Australia at any rate) to start growing a herb garden if you’re able. It’s such minimal work for maximum payoff and frees your wallet in the long run.
My picks are: Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Basil, Coriander & Mint. rosemary and thyme are woodier plants, thus will take much longer to establish a root system than many others, so be patient with them. watch your sage and mint and be prepared to throw it away or start throwing weekly mojito parties! These guys grow like crazy.