I’m a huge advocate of grow-your-own organic, pesticide-free vegies. I know it’s challenging especially when you live in the city in a high-rise apartment with just a small balcony or window-ledge. But herbs and vegetables need remarkably little room and as long as you have a few hours of sun each day you can tailor your crop to suit your space restrictions. Nothing tastes as good as fresh hand-picked rocket or tomatoes and you’ll be saving yourself money at the same time!
First plantings: Tom Thumb tomatoes, sweet basil, peas, and rocket. To give my seedlings an extra boost I’ve used a nursery quality potting mix, blood and bone fertilizer and chicken manure.
I should have my first tomato crop in about eight weeks’ time. I can just picture it now….toasted sourdough rubbed with a cut garlic clove, thick sweet slices of tomato, a few aniseed-flavoured basil leaves, cracked black pepper and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.