For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Feb 19

Your Questions About Gardening

Paul asks…

Is it a lot of work to grow your own cooking herbs?

I’m getting more interested in cooking and I find I use herbs more often now. I’m beginning to think about growing my own since they’re so expensive at the shops. But is it easy? Can it be done in small apartment or do you need a back yard or something?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Anything you want to grow is worth a try.
If you live in an apartment and have a sunny window or a balcony and even if you don’t you can buy grow lights to make it happen.
Figure out what herbs you want to grow then look up what the plant needs to grow. Some like rosemary needs sunlight and dry roots not a too wet soil. Each herb has it’s own requirements.
You are so right about prices of herbs. They cost as much as some meats. Having the right soil and right amount of light is very important and the choice of pots some like a small pot to be confined while others require a larger space. It just takes some research and you will be on your way. Trial and error but it’s “worth every bite” to grow your own and have it available for a small price. Good luck! Here is an article that will help you.


Donald asks…

Gardening: can you make your own ecosystem, compost, edible plants in a flat? guerilla gardening?

Hi. I’m reaching out to the gardening afficionados :) I’ve just seen no impact man use a compost bin and a video on vertical gardening. I live in a flat but I have a bit of balcony and I want to grow my own veg/herbs and start putting some of my biodegradable trash in a compost bin. Can you combine all these ideas to build a vertical gardening ecosystem or would the worms that help break down the trash also attack my herbs? :-/ thanks

GardenersCardiff answers:

Yes, you can garden in containers on a balcony. Yes you can compost. Don’t combine the two. Finished compost can be added to pots to add soil and nutrition, but you don’t want to add raw compost to container plants.

Mandy asks…

How do I grow herbs and spices?

I like fresh herbs and spices for cooking but they’re expensive at the supermarket so I want to grow my own Basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.

Do I just need seeds and some dirt? Do I need special dirt? How long does it take to grow? How do I maintain it?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Since you want to use the herbs in the kitchen I’d suggest getting a small window-box kit

usually where you get your seeds will also have these kits. From sowing the seed to harvest can take upwards of 3-4 months

you could try getting small potted plants & place them in a container with a water dish underneath (less you ruin your windowsill) then place same in a sunny window

note of caution windows can get quite cold in winter unless insulated

I’ve made a mini-greenhouse with a clear plastic taped to the window above the plants

be certain to vent same or the mini-climate will cook the herbs.

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