Spring on your win­dowsill

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - GARDENING -

THERE are plenty of ur­ban­ites with a spring in their step at this time of year and with it an urge to par­tic­i­pate some­how in the growth that the sea­son brings. If you are one of those peo­ple, don’t de­spair and think that you can­not en­joy the plant­ing sea­son in the con­crete jun­gle.

In­stead, con­sider what you have avail­able to you and work with that. Maybe your front win­dow high on the third floor has a deep sill where you could eas­ily set up a pot or two? Then get your­self down to the home ware and gar­den­ing store and buy a bag of soil and a few packet of seeds. You’ ll have great fun watch­ing the colour­ful pan­sies take bloom or your mouth will wa­ter at the fra­grance of the del­i­cate herbs you’ve planted.

Your friends will think you the per­fect host when they ob­serve the gar­nish of fresh pars­ley on the grilled salmon and they’ ll be speech­less when they taste the chicken stuff­ing burst­ing with the flavours of sage and thyme that you grew by your own fair hand. Don’t for­get to cut a few of your posies and add them as a cen­tre­piece to your ta­ble. If you have any space left on your win­dowsill, try shak­ing some mint seeds into a pot and wait for it to bloom. The smell will freshen up your apart­ment, and it’s not a bad in­gre­di­ent for your af­ter din­ner cock­tails!

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