Another week another radio show....Big focus on Herbs this week both on the radio and in the community
this weeks focus on our attention has been Herbs, we've been sowing them, planting them and growing them. Herbs should suit most of our gardens, in that they do well on neglect. Most herbs are form warm climates - so they are naturally drought resistant, so do well in areas of neglect. Herbs love good drainage so i'd recommend you plant them in pots. Container growing affords the herbs nice warm soil and lots of good drainage. Here is some Oregano being potted into pots in Fountain Primary School. by growing herbs in pots you also allow for them to be moved about the garden indeed moving them closer to the back door when you're most in need of them in the kitchen. I'd recomend you grow the herbs you eat, Communitychef.ie Brian McDermott recommends you use no more than 3 in any dish, so thats good advise when you come to grow them, grow a selection that you know you'd eat!
With that in mind, up in Blighs Lane Nursery they grow a selection of herbs in pots, here Coriander, Chives, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme and Mint. Herbs are ideal companion plants for the garden, their uncomplicated flowers are a magnet for beneficial insects
When we decided to plant Herbs in Trinity Court in Newtowncunningham, the folks asked for loads of Parsley, so they planted a bed of French Parsley (far nicer than curled parsley...trust me, try it and you'll never go back!), some Sorrel and a load of celery.
Here is a picture of the famous 'Glen Herb Snake', every year we plant a wide range of herbs for the front of the Glen Community Centre for anyone living nearby to come and harvest from
Lots of flat leaved parsley being planted in amongst Garlic in Groarty Primary School
Here are trays of Garlic Chives sown from seed in Belmont School by the P7's (the goldy stuff is Vermiculite), sown en masse in a tray and then lifted and planted into clumps into pots later
I'm getting great feedback from folks about the Comfrey fertiliser we're always yapping about. Here is a bucket just getting made lots of leaves packed inot a bucket and then add water. Stir every week and after 6 weeks drain off the liquid and this you use as a concentrated tomato fertiliser. (beware after 4 weeks is starts to honky tonk!)
And this Comfrey stuff isn't for your 'fansy smansy' gardeners...we even make it and use it in Blighs Lane Nursery!
If your on the look-out for comfrey head down to the Inch Island WildFowl Reserve (wonderful place for a stroll), and look out for this plant. Thats Comfrey.
Gardening on Radio Foyle
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