Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

The Day of the Herbs

So no more cats have dug up the herbs and really if they wanted to know they would be too late! The grow bag is full of growth and we are now finding it hard to keep up before bits of it bolt. The rocket as, err, rocketed, along with the salad leaves which are a bit underneath the foliage of the radishes. A great success then all round after a shaky start. I think in the next week we will pull up the radishes and probably pull up the rocket too as it really has grown out of control and become a bit tough and past it. So we shall replant the rocket and radishes, swapping sides. I will also top it all up with plant feed, diluted worm wee from the wormary.

The Cat Tries to Stop our Herb Progress!

Everything was looking good, you cannot quite see it here but all rows were showing seedlings.  Which means it was a bit of a disapointment when a couple of days later it looked like:

It seems that the cat thought that Jack’s seedlings looked like a nice place to dig!   A rather big setback so we went and bought some more seeds and sowed them again.  A bit of upset but Jack enjoyed re-sowing the seeds.   Quite happy at the result shown below:

All ready then for Jack’s re-sowed seeds to have another change of growing.  But by the afternoon, the cat had been back and this time the damage was worse:

So just hours later the cat had been back and this time not only had Jacks recently sowed seeds all gone, but half of Toms seedlings too.  Do you ever feel like giving up?   Fortunatly we had seeds left over to re-sow Toms side but not so for Jack.  So now on Jack’s side (the righthand side) we have parsley as before, and now lettace and raddishes.  The plan here is to pick the lettace and raddish leaves when they are very young in order to make a baby leaf salad when needed.   In oder to deter the cat I have now moved the grow bag nearer to the house in a position that is a lot less sunny (possibly a good thing in these really hot and sunny days) and they now get the sun in the late afternoon.   I have also added some sticks too, I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the last of the cat trouble.

Herbs one week on

It has been a week of mainly clouds and rain and not a lot of sun.  I moved the herbs to a sunnier spot that I thought originally would be way too sunny and hot but with the week we have just had it seemed ideal to not only get the rain rain rain but also to make the most of the weak sunshine that might come about now and then.

We now have Rocket all starting well (that is the one green strip you can see).  When you look closer then just starting to come up are Basil, Oregano and Parsley.    This leaves just Chives and Thyme to appear.

Herbs in grow bags

This is something I spotted in BBC Gardners World magazine last year and it has taken until now to put it into practice.   You can plant either herbs or salad leaves or a bit of both.   We went with herbs and both Tom and Jack choose which ones to have (from a list) and sowed their own seeds which are all labeled in the photo here.  The rules are simple, six rows well spaced out, no big plants that needs lots of root space or will take over the whole bag.   Fantastic idea for cut and come again salad leaves and when the row gets too big or starts to go to seed you can just scoop that row out and then re-sow.

We may get a second bag for salad leaves which will then feature beetroots for their small leaves when still young and before the root have developed.   Raddishes too might be an idea, sowing two rows a bit after each other in turn.