Watch Your Garden Grow
Over the five years that Neil and I have been living in our flat, we’ve killed numerous plants, including plants that are apparently indestructible. Turns out you can kill cacti and chili! I tend to come from place of neglect, whereas Neil is a bit more of a smother-er.
A couple of months ago, three of my friends Jane, Tash and Kathryn acquired a plot at the Federation Square Pop Up Patch, and have posted the progress of their plants on places like Instagram. The food they’re growing looks beautiful and healthy. Meanwhile, some other friends slash personal trainers slash web clients of mine, Claire and Aaron, set up a garden in their leafy suburban rental. Aaron took me through a tour of it once and we ate our way through spinach, beetroot leaves and snow peas.
Neil and I have wanted in on this kind of thing for awhile, but our itty-bitty balcony is south-facing and receives no sunlight, whatsoever, plus we’ve got our track record to consider. After a conversation with Jane, she mentioned we could probably try a herb garden inside on our west-facing living room window.
We cleaned some old tin cans and using a hammer and nail, put some some holes in the bottom. We then put some pebbles down the bottom before adding the potting mix and some water. From left to right, there’s basil, coriander, mint and parsley. As for the toys, Johnny and Kasia provided them in our Halloween and Christmas gifts. (Creepiest-but) coolest garden ever!
If it’s going to work, we believe we should know in about two weeks. In the meantime, here is a song by Boomgates called ‘Any Excuse’, which is all the research Neil and I did on how to go about all of this. You’ll need a Spotify account to access this one.