A spot of light gardening


When we moved into our rental house last November, we were ecstatic at the thought of having a garden and being able to spend warm evenings sitting outside chilling. Unfortunately we had not reckoned on 2 things – the perma-winter and the fact that we are slightly higher than all the rest of our neighbours, leaving us quite exposed to the rest of the back gardens. Not ideal to be having a nice braai outside when all the neighbours are watching out of their windows at you.

So one day, on casual browsing of Pinterest, I spotted some palette gardens. Originally designed to bring some vertical flowers to small gardens, these seemed ideal in a sort of blocking the neighbours out in a friendly style.

And because I can’t do things simply, I demanded parental support and went a bit mad and planted tomato plants, repotted every herb we have, dug up and set a bunch of seeds to germinate (marjoram, oregano, carrots, kale). My mother helped with everything (talking to plants, breaking what should be a very hardcore fork in 2 places, general advice) and was absolutely brilliant.

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