Belfast sink.

Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

Hi,   I'm looking for ideas for a new planting scheme for my belfast sink. Over the years i've had various stuff in there - succulents , bulbs, annuals  even ground cover.It's west facing and against the conservatory wall so it's in quite a warm spot ( when we get the sun that is ) so I'm looking for something a little different.  I made the mistake of putting toadflax in and it's taken over everything so going to dig it all out and start again . Any ideas would be gratefully received. Thanks.

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  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    what about using it for herbs with it being so close to the house

  • jude5jude5 Posts: 65

    I use mine for herbs, it means I've always got thyme, chives, marjoram and parsely close to hand when I need them in  hurry. Obviously only small amounts, if I need bigger quantities I have a proper herb bed in the allotment. 

    In the past I've used it for trailing pinks and a pretty dwarf phlox.

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    I'm ashamed to say that I have never grown herbs - I just buy the little pots from the supermarket but think that's a superb idea ! I use a lot of basil - could I grow that with the other ones mentioned and what sort of compost would I need ?  I know mint is invasive but really fancy having a go at growing the others. At one time I was considering strawberries but don't know much about growing them either. Thanks Weejenny and Jude.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Thymes,Oregano,Chives,Sages and Parsley would look great in a sink image You could try Sweet Basil but I always seem to do better with it in my greenhouse. There is  a Basil called 'African Blue' which would grow in your sink - it could be placed at the back with  other herbs to the front and sides. It would be best to use a free draining compost - maybe John Innes with some multipurpose and horticultural grit added.Others will give you some advice as well I am sure image

    Pam x

     

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Thanks Pam. thats going to be my next project I really hope the basil will grow as its one of our favourites . I didn't know there were different varieties - thought basil was just basil ! Going to give it a shot though .

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    I have 8 different basils growing in my greenhouse image They all smell divine image

    I hope your sink turns out well image

    Pam x

     

  • jude5jude5 Posts: 65

    I've had purple basil in mine for about a month and it's only just got going properly, but provided your sink is well drained and the weather stays warm it should be ok. It looks great even if you don't get a huge crop. Grew my purple basil 'King Crimson' from seed, but I usually just take cuttings from a shop bought one, root them in a jar of water then just pot them up - quick and easy and most of all cheap!

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Sorry to big bro for the plug - I get mine from Asda ! What if I bought the pot grown ones and planted them all out ? Instant herb sink ! image

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 386

    A friend of mine does an instant herb garden buying them all from the supermarket and why not I got two for a £1 the other day for a recipe I was doing. I used the coriander and have planted it I reckon it will come again and if not thats ok image

  • chilli loverchilli lover Posts: 290

    My favourite basil at the mo is Aristotle - tiny leaves so you don't need to break/chop it!

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