Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get More from the Rain

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get More from the Rain

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Byline: PATTIE BARON

Harvest your herbs Hole in my bucket Shelf service Start Garden Angel's Mini Herb Garden on a sunny windowsill, then, when the weather warms up, move the tray with its trio of plants outdoors.

The kit has three galvanised steel pots on a matching tray, three seed packs of basil, coriander and tarragon, some compost, and, for when the herbs are harvested, a chopping board and mezzaluna knife. When you have used the herbs, the pots might be resown with rocket and cut-and-come-again salad leaves. The Mini Herb Garden costs [pounds sterling]15.99; to find your nearest stockist, call 01623 726990, or visit www.360innovation.co.uk.

Homebase has just launched a range of own-brand seeds with clear pictures, user-friendly instructions and each plant's plus points listed on the front of the packet.

Choose from a range of 98 popular flowers, including sweet pea, poppy marigold and 24 organic vegetable varieties.

Theme collections, each comprising nine seed packs, include cottage garden, city garden, designer bedding and world kitchen (exotic herbs and vegetables from around the world). Patio gardeners could sow their summer seeds in Homebase's great-looking galvanised builder's buckets - a steal at [pounds sterling]5.99 each.

Be sure to drill drainage holes in the base first.

You would expect the French to come up with the best kind of etagere - shelving to display container plants - and La Redoute, in its AM PM catalogue, does not disappoint. The pretty and functional Adelie shelf unit can be folded and stored in winter, then pulled out come spring to supply three substantial shelves for garden or conservatory.

Buy it untreated for [pounds sterling]75, plus [pounds sterling]3.45 p& p, and paint it with one of Cuprinol's protective and plant-flattering Garden Shades, such as Lavender or Seagrass, or buy it in oiled nyatoh wood for [pounds sterling]89, plus [pounds sterling]3.45 p& p.

It measures 96cm wide, 68cm deep and 89cm high; you will need to assemble it yourself, but instructions are supplied.

To order, call 0870 0500 455, or visit www. …

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