My mowing meditation this morning – I was thinking about the basil and macadamia pesto post and how much basil we have harvested this summer. Pesto on toast for breakfast and on sandwiches and wraps for lunch, pesto pasto, pesto pizza sauce, basil in polenta and moussaka and fish cakes and quiches, gorgeous tomato and basil and bocconchini salads. I think if I had had just one pot to garden this summer, I would have planted it in early Spring with a sweet basil bush – the one indispensable ingredient at the bottom of a whole season of healthy eating.
Which of course led me to thinking, if I had just one pot to plant now, what would I be planting in it? After an hour of mowing, I settled on flat leaf parsley. It is the thing I think would be most difficult to buy, that I would use daily if I had it sitting on the step or the windowsill in a pot, and that I would most miss if I didn’t have it. Tabbouleh and green salad, omelette and quiche, kangaroo stroganoff and tagine, maidanosalata sauce for fritters and patties, fish cakes, winter soups and stews and casseroles.
I would choose a deep pot, preferably a ceramic one – parsley has a single deep tap root and it doesn’t like too hot a soil. I would fill it with a mixture of compost and creek sand and feed it every couple of weeks with worm pee tea. Leafy greens like a high nitrogen diet but parsley needs very good drainage. I would put it in a sunny spot and be careful not to overwater – it will cope with drying out better than waterlogging.
Which then led me to thinking, the hardest part would be getting the one seedling. Buy a whole packet of seed? Find flatleaf parsley seedlings (hard) and ditch most of the punnet? Maybe I should start a random act of kindness parsley in a pot giveaway.
So, fellow gardening bloggers – if you had just one pot to garden, what would you plant now?