Inspired by all sorts of food revolutions and grow your own schemes, I decided to give our tenants some home grown delights this year and get motivated on a sunny bank holiday Easter Monday. The garden at the flats in West Didsbury needed a spring clean, it’s in such a sheltered south facing spot that everything runs rampant if not kept under control. I started a half hearted herb garden last year but way too late, so today got my ass in gear and my gardening gloves out.
The rocket above planted last year was flourishing and tastes absolutely gorgeous, so peppery and nothing like the insipid stuff in the supermarket. The garden is looking especially pretty with all the bluebells out and smells amazing at the moment. I want it to be somewhere our tenants really enjoy walking through and sitting in, as well as being useful in a culinary sense.
Last year’s sage is also blooming, delicious with pork, fried until crispy in olive oil or used as a stuffing for roast chicken…
And finally an apple tree which had already been trained to grow flat against a wall and we popped behind one of the railway sleeper benches and tables in the garden where tenants can sit and have a glass of wine or read the paper!
I felt a real sense of achievement today, like something good have been done. Just got to prevent Rip Rap from touching any of them now, as he is the kiss of death as far as plants are concerned! What with all this planting and the guys painting all the stone cills and sorting the doors, it feels like I’m actually getting ahead of things at the moment… #dontspeaktoosoon!