Great thread idea, @tom. I’ve been thinking of growing some herbs or vegetables in my garden but didn’t know where to start! Mint and rosemary are good ideas, and a basil pot as well, thank you @AnaGramWords. Are tomatoes and radishes easy enough to tend to? And perhaps even potatoes?
I have oregano, mint and thyme growing all of which are tough as old boots. Like @AnaGramWords I buy a cheap pot of growing basil from the supermarket each spring. Initially I just repot it and keep it growing indoors as it’s really too cold up here for basil until well into the summer. But it does go out later. I always seem to fail with rosemary even though it’s supposed to be very hardy but every time I plant it it dies in the winter.
Not always…if you buy plants rather than starting from seed it makes it a bit easier. However, pretty demanding in terms of watering regime. I am talking greenhouse grown ones as up here outdoor ones are challenging. I grow both, and in a poor summer there are very few varieties come good.
Agree that radishes are easy. Carrots too but watch for carrot fly. I grow main in raised tubs to minimise this. Beetroot easy too, but don’t sow too early, they like a bit of warmth to germinate.
Hah, watering greenhouse tomatoes; one of my great gardening downfalls. I have tried growing them in my conservatory (used exclusively as a greenhouse) and I’m so hopeless at keeping things well watered they fail so invariably that I have given up!
Re carrots, I had terrible trouble with carrot fly. The problem got worse year on year until I lost the entire crop two years in succession. I’ve been using enviromesh now for years and never had a problem since. Although it’s plastic I’m still using the same sheets of it that I bought at least 10 years ago and it’s still perfectly good.