At their most unpretentious, gardening, cooking, and music have very simple things in common.
While passing time the other muggy July day with a musician who loves to cook, he confided he couldn’t grow herbs. “Terrible luck,” he said. And I suggested he was trying too hard, like playing with too many notes.
There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.
As a frustrated hands-on gardener myself, I perfectly understand how everyone wants relief through an easy fix. And the push-back about physical barriers, whether out of concerns over the expense or aesthetics.
I just started my summer garden by tucking some basil into what is literally the fastest garden on earth.
Some thirty-odd years ago, in response to someone moaning about not being able to garden, I tasked myself with developing the simplest garden ever. Needed to be inexpensive, alluring, edible, and low maintenance.