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Having a supply of fresh home-grown herbs is really useful, and much cheaper than purchasing them from the supermarket.

And in this project, they look (and smell) gorgeous too.

This planted pot would look fabulous stood by the front door and will welcome you home with fragrant aromas.

 

Bay, Thyme and Lavender

Bay, Thyme and Lavender

Three strongly aromatic plants combine here to make an enticingly scented corner. A standard bay in a large ceramic pot is circled by a medley of low-growing thymes, with lavender surrounding the base.

Plant in spring. All of these plants have a year-long presence – bay and thyme are evergreen, while lavender, which flowers in summer, retains its grey leaves throughout winter.

Allow a couple of hours to complete this container and the surrounding bed.

Plants

  • One bay tree (Laurus nobilis), trained to standard shape and clipped to a ball.
  • Eight thymes (Thymus serpyllum and Thymus citriodorus varieties – here golden leaved, variegated and grey-leaved forms as well as the more usual dark green).
  • Eight lavenders (Lavandula variety, such as ‘Munstead’).

Equipment

  • Large ceramic container (or any other pot large enough to take the bay tree).
  • Soil-based potting compost with added grit or sharp sand for drainage.
  • Broken crocks for drainage.
  • Trowel.

1 Position your pot where it is to stand – it will be too heavy to move once planted. Here the pot is surrounded by a narrow bed of lavender which will need about 45cm (18in) of planting space all around the pot.

2 Line the container with broken crocks for drainage, then half-fill with compost. Check the level of the bay’s rootball by placing it in its original pot on the compost. Adjust the level as necessary to get the rootball to the same depth it was in before, then plant the bay, placing it centrally in the pot. Firm in.

3 Top up the container with more compost – the thymes will have much shallower rootballs than the bay. Plant the thymes in a circle around the bay, firm in, then top up again with more compost to within 2.5cm (1in) of the rim. Water thoroughly.

4 Work some of the compost/grit mix into the soil around the pot, then plant the lavenders all round. Water thoroughly.

Tips

If you wish, choose a dry, sunny day and cut some of the lavender flowers when they are at their peak. Leave them to dry in bunches, then use them in a vase or a potpourri, or make little sachets and stuff them with the lavender flowerheads – place in linen drawers or hang in clothes cupboards to keep the clothes smelling fresh and sweet.

Note

Both the bay and the thymes are culinary herbs, so use them freely in your cooking.

Aftercare

All these plants do best in full sun and need light, well-drained soil. Keep the bay in shape by trimming any straggly shoots in summer; remove any frost-damaged leaves/shoots in spring. Remove faded lavender flowers in autumn, then prune in April – but do not cut into old wood. Clip the thyme, removing dead flowerheads and straggly shoots in spring.

This little project is taken from our Seasonal Garden Ideas book. Find out…

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Minced Lamb Pie

Celebrate #BritishPieWeek with this gorgeous Lamb Pie

It’s wonderful served with a scoop of creamy mash and a few green beans.

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Minced Lamb Pie

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 90 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 618 per portion
Fat 41g (17g sat) per portion

Ingredients

  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1 large, peeled and chopped
  • Carrot 1 large, peeled and finely diced
  • Minced lamb 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Plain flour 2 tbsp
  • Lamb or chicken stock 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Chopped rosemary 4 tsp or 2 tsp dried
  • Tomato purée 4 tsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp
  • Sherry 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Shortcrust pastry 400g (14oz)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Cheddar cheese 50g (2oz), grated
  • Mash and green beans to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan, add the onion and carrot and cook until softened. Add the lamb and cook until browned all over. Stir in the flour then add the stock, rosemary, tomato purée, Worcestershire sauce, sherry, if using, and seasoning. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°fan/Gas 6.
  3. Roll out half of the pastry and line a 25cm (10in) enamel pie plate. Fill with the lamb mixture.
  4. Roll out the remaining pastry until large enough to cover the pie. Brush the edge of the pastry in the tin with water, cover with the rolled-out pastry and press the edges together to seal. Trim and decorate the edge, brush with egg and make a small hole in the centre.
  5. Place on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese and bake for a further 15–20 minutes until the pastry is golden. Serve with mash and steamed green beans, if you like.

Cook’s tips
If you don’t have an enamel pie plate then line a 23cm (9in) shallow loose bottomed tart tin with half the pastry, add the filling and roll out the remaining pastry to just a little bigger than the top of the tin then press the pastry edges together and trim off the excess before glazing and topping with cheese.

 


 

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