Have you all noticed how crisp it is outside?
Suddenly, Autumn has returned from her Summer holidays. It is time to squirrel away our Winter nibbles, bring the lettuces in from the cold and pickle absolutely everything in sight.
Actually, that’s a bit dramatic. There’s a good few hardy vegetables that will trundle on through, whatever the weather. Radishes are particularly wonderful for this, as well as pak choi, lamb’s lettuce, kale – all the good stuff. Our tomatoes have finally decided to exist, even though it’s practically October! And we are absolutely saturated with rocket, chinese mustard, sweet peas, parsley, mint, lemon balm, I could go on.
So, picture this; the frost is creeping in, it’s so foggy that you can’t see the water in the Clyde from the Squinty Bridge (true story) and as soon as it gets light, it’s getting dark again, as though the sun is just running through the sky cackling maniacally for five minutes each day before sending the moon back up. You want to dose up on green, leafy vitamins-and-minerals WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME! But your back garden has been taken over by your new neighbour’s experimental shed-rave club-nights and your favourite guerrilla gardening spot has been populated by badgers and all your planters have been beamed up by aliens – what to do, what to do?!
Well, you fuss around the kitchen window, planting seeds in old re-purposed, leaky tupperware, propping them into the sunlight with non-recyclable tetrapak, leaving both your partner and your resident feral pigeons with bemused expressions. That’s what you do. You don’t give in to the seasons! You laugh in the face of winter!
Growing inside can be an excellent way to keep your thumbs green and keep you in salads all year round. Even with limited space, herbs can be grown easily which have the added benefit of being medicinally useful in all sorts of herbal teas, tonics, ointments, and so on. Mint, for example, can be grown from a very simple cutting. You see, plants may have their preferences, but they don’t have eyes to know that there is a roof or that there is ugly wallpaper, etc., and so they’re not as picky about their living spaces as cats are about their cardboard boxes.
Before this post descends into complete gibberish, here are some links for anyone interested;
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE.
We have some little baby plants in pots as giveaways left over from our garden festival. For you, this completely eliminates any need to do any work at all! How good! Don’t hesitate to lettuce know if you would like some – the more gardens the better, says I.