Winter Window Boxes

On the second week of the winter wonderland course we made winter window boxes, heres my example home in the back garden, i planted thyme, lemon thyme, garlic chives, there was also some seeds to put in, probably a winter salad mix and corriander, look some of them have already begun to sprout!
unfortuneately i didn’t note which seeds i used, so will have to deal with the mystery sproutings

not quite the hanging gardens of babylon?! heres John Gielgud, probably dressed no doubt for a shakespearian play, i imagine that he would have made a great Nebuchadnezzer

Many years ago I lived in caves in granada, spain, just across from the Alhambra, whenever I think of the hanging gardens of babylon, the beautiful islamic gardens there spring to mind, triumph of water and paradise midst a dry land


Winter Salads

Banish flavourless tomatoes and cucumber from your table and embrace the fabulous greens winter has to offer, add a combination of fruit, nuts and cheese for a stunning seasonal salad.

Grate four large carrots into a bowl, add a handful of coriander leaves and a tablespoon of mixed seeds. Make a dressing with the grated zest and juice of a lemon combined with a large glug of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Pour over the salad, toss and serve.

Quarter 1 pak choi and steam for 5 minutes until wilted. Combine together in a bowl 1oz finely chopped root ginger, 1 finely chopped red chilli, 1 orange peeled and split into segments, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped chives, 1tablespoon balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper. Whisk together to make a dressing. Place pak choi on a serving dish and drizzle over the dressing.


Winter Window Boxes (course notes)

Below is the ingredients for an ideal instant garden for where space is limited ( The plants can be grown in window boxes, containers or grow bags. You’ll be amazed at just how much food you can grow right through the Autumn and on into winter.
 Rosemary x 1
 Chives x 1
 Sage x 1
 Wild rocket x 5
 Chicorry x 5
 Green borecole x 5
 Winter green cabbage x 5
 Spring green cabbage x 5
 Calabrese x 5
 Winter lettuce x 10
 Giant Red Mustard x 5
 Rainbow chard x 5
 Mizuna red knight x 5
 Pak Choi x 5
 Cornsalad x 5

With the quantities detailed an area approximately 2.5m² is required to grow this garden.
Other things that the Growing Together Community Garden committee have grown successfully during the winter and recommend for growing in window boxes and/or containers include( tasty salad stuff):
1. American Land Cress. (Grows like a weed in one committee members garden!)
2. Mizuna
3. Mustard greens (the Asian and Bengali gardeners will know this one!)
4. Coriander. This is notoriously difficult to grow but apparently the secret is to grow it between August –April when it seems to thrive…