A couple of our best herbs have come from the discount shelf at various garden centres. Big pots of herbs going alarmingly brown around the edges, on sale for 25p – what’s not to love? Most of the ones we’ve picked up have eventually flourished with a bit of care, attention, water and sunlight (except a fairly dismal-looking rosemary plant, but more on that later).
So when we saw this blackcurrant “bush” at B&Q for the extortionate sum of £1, we thought “why not?” and I set about rescuing it.
Though I can’t escape the nagging suspicion that I might have just paid £1 for a stick.
Reliably informed by Google that I should plant it deep, I got a nice big pot, mixed up two scoops of a Gro-bag, a generous handful of Perlite, John Innes No 3 and one of these:
tried my best to disentangle some of the “roots”, gave it a good watering and am hoping for the best.
It’s probably too late for this year, but if it survives more than a couple of days we might be in luck for 2016.
(As an aside, the best thing about the watering photo is that you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of my all-time favourite turtle planter in the background).