By Natalie Boog

Herbs and potted culmination thrive in small, easy-to continue areas - in courtyard pots and troughs, on decks or balconies or in window packing containers. Herbs are low-cost to pot and develop and upload extraordinary flavour to the easiest dish - and naturally there's not anything rather like cooking with home-grown ingredients.

Courtyard Kitchen is prefaced with uncomplicated advice and tricks on choosing the right herbs to your area and establishing and keeping them; it comprises crucial details on seasons, cropping occasions and easy plant care. Following this are greater than eighty easy clean nutrition recipes with smart flavour-matching rules established round a particular herb or potted fruit topic - basil, mint, coriander, lemon, parsley, strawberry, thyme, rosemary, chilli. There are risottos, roasts, pizzas, salsas, salads, soups, recipes for pasta, polenta, couscous; there are sorbets, brownies, biscuits and treats - scrumptious, effortless recipes that remember the sheer excitement of domestic cooking with herbs you've grown your self.

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7 Remove soil from the sides of the glass with a mister. Water then seal and leave the terrarium to create its own atmosphere. If the glass mists up inside, it is working! Care Advice Where to site You must place your terrarium out of direct sunlight, so don’t choose a sunny windowsill. The plants need low light, but enough to be able to grow without becoming straggly. Watering The key to a terrarium is that it is self-sufficient. Plants form condensation in the enclosed environment, water drips down the sides and they water themselves.

Harvesting You need to harvest quickly and regularly. The optimal harvest time ranges from 7–14 days after sowing, depending on the variety. Crop by snipping the small leaves with scissors just before you are ready to serve. If you need to harvest shoots earlier, place in a plastic bag with a little water and put in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Take the lid off your pot once shoots are beginning to grow so plants have more air circulation and space to grow. 32 Micro Garden Cut-and-come-again Colorful Salad Colander TOOLS & EQUIPMENT colander with feet card pencil scissors Sow red and green leaf lettuce seeds in a vintage colander for a stunning effect inspired by patchwork.

TOOLS & EQUIPMENT TIME IT RIGHT Early spring is the best time to pot your plant, not when the plant is dormant in winter. You can choose evergreen or deciduous sapling trees, shrubs, or perennials. akadama (baked clay particles) keto (peat soil) black lava rock particles large bowl for mixing soils bonsai or general-purpose fertilizer container with drainage hole 1 plastic mesh Select your soils first: 3 parts akadama, 1 part keto, 1 part black lava rock. These specialty soils meet the needs of smaller containers by absorbing and retaining moisture but also allowing excess water to drain.

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