June 20th, 2020


A little medieval herb garden!

Medieval women were usually tasked with gardening. Most rural places had little patches of land which may or may not have produced food and herbs for cooking and medicine. I've finally stopped wishing that I had a garden instead of concrete from door to fence and decided to plant a garden. Citrus. Herbs. Flowers. Pots just aren't doing it for me. I want more.

The first step was to acquire raised garden beds and fill them. I used mulch to half fill the beds, then potting mix almost to the top, and a further layer of mulch on top to protect the plants roots from the chill of winter and the blistering heat of summer. I needed a screen to protect the beds from the wind and decided on willow. Then it was just down to the plants. Australia is a long way from England, but I was aiming for an English garden as much as practical.

Strawberry in my herb garden.
Strawberry in my herb garden.

The plants came next. I had four citrus in large pots so they were placed centrally on the beds to shade the plants underneath. Orange, lime, grapefruit and lemon. Although these are definitely not medieval in England, they were needed for shade and I wanted the fruits. Under planted, all the herbs for cooking- parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, onions, garlic, coriander, nasturtiums, borage, violets, elder and some medicinals- wormwood, rue, roses, strawberry, catnip, aloe vera, feverfew, comfrey. Some thoroughly modern plants joined them- tomatoes and the mulberry tree- and an array of flowers for the bees: Lady's mantle, gardenias, figs,  sweet williams, blue-eyes, salvias, pentas, vincas.

I still wish to find some jasmin polyanthum to climb over the willow screen. But already it's looking wonderful.