Monday, 11 February 2013

Salad Days

Melbourne has had a really warm summer this year 
and I have found myself spending lots of time pottering 
on the balcony.

I'm growing herbs and salad leaves in my little 
jute growbags, which I love. They are really lightweight
and have handles, which means they can be moved 
about easily and hung on a wall.

It's fabulous to be able to pick ultra fresh leaves and 
herbs, which I know are organically grown (using an 
organic potting mix). 
I love mixing in some edible flowers for colour. 
Borage and nasturtium flowers really brighten up a 
salad and I also use pelargonium petals, and violets,  
which are easily grown or found flowers.

So far I have basil, coriander, mint, parsley, rocket, 
eggplant, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries
It's so rewarding to grow and pick your own!

A productive stairwell!

Are you growing your own?


  1. Wonderful! I have onions, parsley, rosemary, brecol but It's not easy to grow in the terrace, I 've bought a book to learn how to grow in pots, I also have strawberries.

    Thank you for sharing it

    Marina from Jerez (Spain)

  2. Hello Penny:
    Yes, there is nothing quite like picking a few freshly harvested leaves for a light lunch. And, to sprinkle them with edible flowers is so pretty!

  3. Dear Penny - your salad looks delicious - what a difference a few flowers makes to the appearance. You have reminded me that I must plant some borage which also looks nice in ice cubes for summer drinks!

  4. Dear Penny,
    now that is an idea: to use those jute-bags! As you say, one can move them easily - and they look better than the sacks of soil I saw in England (they just cut a hole into it and put tomatoe-plants inside - it worked, but doesn't look exactly beautiful :-)

  5. Hello Penny, this looks delicious, full of vitamins and beautiful. Unfortunately I am not very good with plants, so no such thing in our house.
    Have a great day. Caroline x

  6. Yum Penny! I love the look of your greens, we are about to start our own green leafy patch on our small Melbournian deck!! can't wait to see how it all goes. xx Tina

  7. i love your organic garden! the edible flowers look so beautiful in the mix.

  8. The Veggie garden went to pot over summer, I will have to start again. Yours looks great.

  9. Gorgeous salad! I think the edible flowers are so pretty. They look pretty on a cheese plate too. So healthy!


  10. Your plants look so good. Despite having a rather green thumb, I seem to struggle with herbs. I just forget to water them enough and they always dry our or go to seed. Yours really look so very good. I'm impressed!

  11. So fresh! Any bits and pieces that make salads taste and look a bit different are a welcome idea, you have a good selection of leaves and flowers to choose!

  12. I'm so impressed Penny. I'm thinking I might have to find some of those bags here somewhere. I love being able to pick a few fresh leaves and try always to have herbs on hand, but everything seems to have gone to seed so quickly this summer. Almost as soon as I plant, I feel as though its gone to seed. Mind you i still quite like picking the seed heads to put in a vase!!

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  14. How lovely!!! I can't wait for the summer days to come to Canada again. YOur little garden looks amazing. Love growing things in pots. Hope Your Valentine's day was amazing. xoxo


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