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Planting herb tasting towers

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 14 Jun 2010 at 05:52 PM


This weekend I have been drilling plastic pipes, writing on terracotta pots and talking to myself - a lot.  Although to the untrained eye this may have looked like a Vanessa Feltz style meltdown bought on by bunting-related stress, I have in fact been preparing for a demonstration. Yes, this Sunday I will be at Gardener's World Live showing a poor, unsuspecting public how to plant child-friendly containers in the Grow Your Own demonstration garden.

No really, I will.



There - now can you see why I've been drilling/writing/talking like an idiot all weekend?

You see, it's one thing to plant up stuff in your back garden, iPod on, singing along to the Glee soundtrack - it's quite another to do so in front of a load of strangers who are likely to be less appreciative of your rendition of Gold Digger or Van Halen's Jump and might not feel jazz hands are entirely appropriate when loosening rootballs.

So I thought it wise to have a dry run in the garden - sans headphones.

In case you will not be there to witness my pot-based fumblings on Sunday, I will be planting up an edible flower hanging basket as well as a herb tasting tower.

This latter one is basically a strawberry pot populated by herbs. The only trouble is strawberry pots are about as useful as a chocolate frying pan because it's almost impossible to water them evenly - hence the drilled pipe. 

Putting in a piece of plastic pipe with 2-3mm holes drilled every 5cms gives the pot a low tech irrigation system which solves all these problems. You also need to have a stop for the base of the pipe - or failing that just press the end into some modelling clay (preferably not a lump which has been lovingly turned into an undefined artistic creation by one of your children).

Then it's just a case of selecting herbs to fill the side holes. I try to choose ones which the kids use the most - either for cooking or ones they love to smell. In general, it's best to plant compact or trailing herbs in the side pockets whereas the top can be used for upright growers such as lavender or chives.

Finally, as it's aimed at children, I wrote the names of the herbs next to each pocket so they'll find it easy knowing what to pick if they're looking for something specific.

So the dry run was sort of OK.  Well, the cat seemed to enjoy it anyway.

Now I just need to practise the hanging baskets and remember how to make these garden lights for the workshops I'll be running at the show this Sunday too.


Chesapeake Crafter said:

If you don't have much room and have some woodworking skills, you can build a pyramid strawberry tower that can be placed on a deck or patio. There are two sizes 3 ft. and 6 ft. You should also be able to plant herbs in them too. The website is

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