To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow – Audrey Hepburn
Gardening is a wonderful way to calm the mind, watching the transformation of a seed grow into a flower. It is also a great way to be organic and thrifty when growing your own food. In my house, gardening is me time – I put down my phone, turn off the computer and spend some time outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight. As a child, my worst activity was going to the plant nursery but today it is my favourite place to go shopping – I love walking through the plants and having my senses enlightened with smells and sights everywhere you look.
My gardening journey started in an apartment with a really small garden that I wanted to look pretty while I sat and drank my afternoon tea. However, being a student I decided to only invest in plants that I could use in my kitchen. I planted basil, parsley and a bay tree – I made more basil pesto that year than ever before and it was all picked
from the garden. It truly gave me a great sense of achievement nurturing something with fairly minimal effort and reaping the rewards a few weeks later.
When we bought a house, the first thing I did was turn up a patch of lawn and plant a really big vegetable and herb garden. We moved cities a year ago and now I am growing everything in pots – wherever I could find space, there is now a pot of vegetables or a trough of herbs.
This year I will take you through some tutorials on how to grow your own garden, as this need not be a scary thing. Do not worry if you think that you do not have green fingers because I promise everyone does.