Until last year, anything green I tried to keep died. Despite my best efforts, plants (indoor and outdoor) would shrivel and die. That was until last year, when I was doing a Masters and I had to spend more and more time in my house, writing and studying. Then, I realised the “secret” to gardening. I’m going to share that secret here, now…
Time! That’s all it takes. Just a little bit of time – watering, moving, checking, sometimes feeding, repotting. And in return: little green shoots, flowers, smells and sometimes FOOD! Few things excite me more than eating food I’ve grown myself.
In my house, we don’t have a garden as such, it’s more of a “yarden”. So there is no grass. Anything I attempt to grow, has to be growable (if that’s a word!) in pots. And surprisingly, many things can be grown in a yard without grass. I know that none of this is rocket science, but it has been a bit of a revelation to me.
Last year, I got a present of two cherry tomato plants from my good friend Joan. Some pictures of the plants at various stages of their life should be spinning around in the slideshow above. As I mentioned, I spent lots of time at home, alone last summer and I have plenty of time to nurture my plants and between them, they yielded a large number of cherry tomatoes. In fact, at one point, I had more tomatoes than we could eat and I made an amazingly sweet tomato sauce with lots of garlic that I had with pasta –
Mini recipe: Simple Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce
1. I put the tomatoes in a pot with a splash of water
2. I heated them gently for about twenty minutes until the tomatoes were soft
3. In another pot, I heated about 3-4 tbsp olive oil and crushed in 5-6 garlic cloves
4. I added a squeeze of tomato puree (optional)
5. I added the cooked down tomatoes
6. I seasoned with salt and black pepper
7. I mixed the sauce with some cooked fresh tagliatelle and scattered a few torn basil leaves over the top
All this has inspired me to start again this summer – except this year, I plan on the harvest being even bigger. There is a forthcoming blog post with updates on how that’s going!
Wish me luck!