I’ve been gradually collecting things to take back with me to India, and this time one of them is packets of seeds. I’m going to try growing some of the herbs and vegetables that I often use in cooking but are difficult to find in India — sweet basil, Thai basil, garlic chives, and lettuce.
My mum has a fabulous vegetable garden (shown above) which has totally inspired me. She’s been growing vegetables for as long as I remember. Trouble is, this bountiful and readily available supply of goodness has led me to believe that growing herbs and vegetables is easy. Put the seeds in soil, cover it over, keep it wet, and they’ll grow in to healthy plants, right? Well, not necessarily! Now that I’ve taken an interest in gardening, I’ve leaned that there’s a bit more to it than I originally thought.
The seeds should be planted during the correct phase of the moon for a more bountiful crop. Depending on what type of seeds they are, they need to be planted at various depths in the soil. Certain plants require more sunlight than others. Lettuces in particular like six hours of sun per day, but don’t like to get too hot. Then, all sorts of creatures come along to eat the produce. Snails, slugs, moths (and in Australia, rabbits)!
I’m starting to think that I’ll be lucky if I can grow anything at all. I’m really looking forward to giving it a try though!