The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.6

   Carole continues with her windowsill gardening and sows herbs and salad leaves, which can be used to produce tasty, foodie salads for weeks.
   In Garden on a Budget, Carole is with Mieke Guijt in rural Kennethmont, helping to mould a garden out of almost nothing. Carole takes Mieke on a budget shopping trip to buy materials for easy-to-make compost bays and shows her how to have plants for 'free'.
   George visits the painterly garden of Broughton House in Kirkcudbright. The house and garden belonged to EA Hornel, artist, collector and 'Glasgow boy'. George discovers how much the garden influenced Hornel's paintings.

The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.6
The Beechgrove Garden 2016 ep.6

Carole was in the greenhouse with snow falling all around her with the 2nd of her series on growing productive crops on a windowsill.  This time she was looking at herbs and salads.  Carole suggested that it is well worth investing in an electric propagator to give seeds a boost to aid germination.  To demonstrate, Carole sprinkled some chervil seed onto the top of some compost then sprinkled with more compost.  She then placed the tray into a propagator to give it some bottom heat.  She also featured a new herb called Wasabi Rocket which could easily be grown on the windowsill.
Carole also showed a trough containing compost and 3 types of herb seeds –parsley, chives and basil
-which were easy to grow.  Carole put the compost into the trough and then divided it into 3 areas.  A different seed was sown in each section.  She then recommended covering this with cling film until
the seeds had germinated.
She also had some vegetable and herb seed discs (Jiffy 7s) which needed to be soaked in water until they swelled.  These can then be placed on a windowsill to germinate and once hardened off can be planted outside.  Another interesting way of sowing seeds Carole had spotted were Seedballs, which were made of clay granules and a herb or salad seed mix.  Carole put 3-4 seedballs on top of some
compost in a small pot –no need to cover as the clay will break down.  With regular watering these will germinate in 1-2 weeks.  These can also be sown directly outside at a ratio of 20 to a square metre.  Finally Carole showed seedmats.  These are pieces of biodegradable material containing
seed.  She simply laid this on the surface of some compost in a pot, covered it with compost and then watered it.  Within 10 days there will be some lovely salads to eat from just the space on a windowsill