Seed Swaps

Summer 2012 Gardening

14 Jan 2012
Sunny 31°C / 88°F

Well I am usually on holidays from the garden in summer as it gets too hot to do anything and it is really hard to keep the watering up but this summer has been different.
For one thing, the summer is milder and we have had some good heavy rain between the hot spells. Also I found a new reason to garden in summer. I have so many family and friends who love herbs and they just cant seem to grow them either because they dont like gardening or they just dont have the space.
I am now a converted “living” gift giver. All birthday’s and Christmas’s gifts are now in the form of seeds or living pots of edibles. I have found my calling in life.
I live designing and planning what type of pots they would like.
To date I have planted up four gifts.
I am also finding that I am having more success with herb seeds than I have had in the past. So now each gift is so easy to grow and plant up an so cheap.
My own herb garden is also thriving. This year’s basil, thyme, oregano and parsley keep on producing. Once the seedlings are established, I follow up with more planting of seeds to ensure a constant supply. Of course picking them regularly also helps with the natural reproduction.
My vegetable garden has been reduced in size due to the need to remove an old gum hence not having the space until the gum has been removed. In the space I can plant, I have tried again for tomatoes (roma and mighty red), zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, capsicum and chillis. I would have liked to plant corn too but no space.



Creating a herb garden is on my to-do list, but it won’t be a reality for a little while yet … too many other little projects to finish off. It sounds like you’re having an absolute ball creating your living pots. Fabulous gift idea. I’m not surprised they’re so well received.

Posted on 15 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

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