A happy coincidence happened a few weeks ago: I discovered Urban Jungle Bloggers, a monthly series aimed at bringing green into our homes, and then I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely LSA cheese dome by Pavilion Broadway. Maybe not an obvious connection, but I decided to use my new cheese dome as a mini green-house to help me grow herbs for my windowsill and balcony (this was the Urban Jungle Bloggers’ April theme – late, I know!).
I dream of having my own garden and especially the potting shed that will be so pretty! In the meantime, however, I am lucky enough to have a two bedroom flat with a balcony and a communal roof terrace so if I want to grow plants, flowers or food I can. Herbs are the thing I put most effort into growing; they are easy to grow and so useful in everyday cooking. The only problematic bit is growing from seed, which is the cheapest way of planting. Trays of seedlings in your home can be unsightly and require space and I don’t have much of that and I know lots of other people have the same problem.
The solution is to choose the herbs you use the most, plant these and use containers for planting that can form a centrepiece in your kitchen, on your coffee table or windowsill instead of ugly plastic planting trays. My LSA cheese dome from Pavilion Broadway was perfect for this as seedlings need to be covered in their early stages. The dome looks great and is big enough to house my key plants: Parsley, Mint, Tarragon, Tomatoes, Coriander.
The dome can take pride of place on the kitchen table, worktop or coffee table as it looks so pretty. It’s also a bit of a conversation point.
A peek out onto my balcony beyond the windows in my sitting room. I’m growing: Sweet peas, Hydrangea, a terrarium of ferns, Camelia, Wisteria and Rosemary.
Once your seedlings are ready to be planted out, if you don’t have outdoor space, you can use old tins and put these on your windowsill. Have a look at my recycled planters tutorial for ideas.
Thank you so much to Igor and Judith for the Urban Jungle Bloggers inspiration. Thank you, also, to Pavilion Broadway for the lovely cheese dome – there is 20% off LSA gifts perfect for your dad in the lead up to Fathers’ Day, so pop over!