The other day I showed you how I make a bouquet garni and impersonate a kitchen princess.
Today I’ll show you how to keep those herbs fresh and green and alive in the garden.
I have planted my most used herbs in a big container near my kitchen door. I love a mixed container like that. Full and abundant and lush.
But as pretty as it looks it doesn’t exactly make the plants happy. So close together they have to fight for space and for water. And that last part was proving a problem.
Each time I watered them the water overflowed the pot and ran down the sides before it had time to sink into the soil. Not good.
This is how I solved it:
A big orange funnel, and a holed up pipe. This delivers water straight to the roots without dripping and overrunning. Perfect.
This works for any container that is so full that it becomes hard to water the plants.
Look for a bit of pipe. The bigger the container the wider the pipe can be. Make holes in the part that goes into the soil.
Rummage through your workshop until you find something to plug the bottom with (it doesn’t need to be completely watertight, you just don’t want all the water to run straight to the bottom.
Stick the pipe in the middle of the container and when needed use the funnel to water.
Result, delicious and luscious green herbs.
They were so small when I planted them, now they are so big, even though I keep snipping away at them for our meals.
A bit of lavender for a touch of color and a sweet smell.
You see, without the funnel that pipe is hardly visible, and yet it is so handy.
So do you have any tricks for keeping potted plants and container gardens alive. Let’s hear….