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I have a very ro­man­tic idea of gar­den­ing, of cook­ing a meal and head­ing out to snip some rose­mary to add to my lamb stew, or pluck­ing a sprig of mint for a drink. As if.

My pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes killing plants in record time, with one ex­cep­tion of an in­door yukka that I nur­tured so lov­ingly that it grew to epic pro­por­tions and my hus­band put his foot down, ask­ing me to choose: him or the jun­gle. He won.

Now that we have a bit more out­door space I’m plan­ning to in­dulge those ro­man­tic no­tions and plant some herbs, a few (easy) veg­gies and then In­sta­gram it to death. Apolo­gies in ad­vance.

On page 23 we speak to home gar­dener Patty about her in­spi­ra­tion, ideas and ad­vice for get­ting started, plus round up some desert-friendly plants to get you off to a great start. And we’d love to see your ef­forts, so get in touch to share your pics.

Enjoy the is­sue,

He­len Farmer Ed­i­tor

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