Are you a cheat? Would you cheat in certain circumstances? What do you think about cheats and cheating?
Maybe we need to think about the word cheat before we all get on our collective high judgemental horse; the English Oxford Dictionary defines cheat as: –
[no object] act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage: she always cheats at cards
[with object] gain an advantage over or deprive of something by using unfair or deceitful methods; defraud:he had cheated her out of everything she had
informal be sexually unfaithful: his wife was cheating on him
[with object] avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill: she cheated death in a spectacular crash
a person who behaves dishonestly in order to gain an advantage
an act of cheating; a fraud or deception.
[mass noun] a children’s card game, the object of which is to get rid of one’s cards while making declarations about them which may or may not be truthful.
And while we’re on the subject of definitions, Herbs according to the Oxford English Dictionary are: –
- any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume:bundles of dried herbs [as modifier]:a herb garden
- Botany any seed-bearing plant which does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering: the banana plant is the world’s largest herb
My definition of Cheats Herbs is: –
- herbs that are Fresh, Home-grown, Easy, Practical, Value for money, Time and Effort saving, Likely to succeed and dare I say it – a quick-fix?
You can keep your words like Deceive and Swindle, Fraud and Dupe and join the Cheats Club – I cheat and so can you.
Parsley seeds are fuss pots when it comes to germination, so save yourselves the faff and bother and buy a plant. That’s what I do. But here’s the trick or how to gain an advantage, you can propagate or increase your parsley plant so that you have plenty for your kitchen and if you have a few too many you can pass one over the garden wall to your neighbour.
So no more excuses, we can ALL grow a few fresh herbs and you don’t have to be an expert to do so. In fact let’s say that no prior gardening experience is necessary.
Let’s re-name this post – Practical Herbs, or Herbs in 10 easy steps! How about – Winning with Herbs! Or Easy Garden Herbs! Maybe growing herbs made easy or no fuss home-grown herbs… Get picking your parsley, Parsley pluckers…..……
OK I’ll stop with the magazine titles and just say here’s how you can grow pots of fresh Parsley no matter what your gardening skills, location, size of garden, window box or terrace. You can grow them and it’s easy, you don’t need anything special to be able to snip a sprig of fresh parsley to sprinkle on your spaghetti.
HOW TO GROW PARSLEY
- Buy a pot of “Living Herbs” (they cost about £1 – £2) Curly or Flat Leaf Parsley, whichever you prefer to cook and eat. Choose one that looks healthy and happy. Nice and green and bushy, not tried, wilting and frankly miserable. Remember it needs to look alive and in fact be alive for this to work!
- Take it home, take the plastic wrapper off and place the pot in a bowl or saucer of tap water
- Leave it there for a few hours (24 hours is good) to really let the plant soak up the water; you may need to top it up depending on how thirsty and pot bound the plant is
- Next you need a few pots – roughly the same size as the pot of Parsley you bought, or a window box or a patch of earth. If planting into pots you will need some potting compost – nothing special just ordinary compost that you can buy at a garden centre. And if not, soil works perfectly fine too!
- Take the shop bought Parsley out of its pot. Take a look at it, you can see lots of roots and where the plant starts life above ground you will see lots of green stalks in clumps.
- Gently start pulling the plant apart – the aim is to separate out some of those clumps. You are looking to make about 5 or 6 new plants. Gently tease the plant apart but do this by pulling at the roots and not the nice stalks. – don’t separate them all out, just pull a few apart.
- When you have 5 or 6 clumps of Parsley, take a handful of compost and put it in the bottom of the pot, place your newly separated parsley clump into the pot (holding it gently so that the green stalks are level with the top of the pot) and then start adding more compost around the roots until the pot if filled. Repeat with the rest of the clumps.
- Water well and place on a window sill – it doesn’t HAVE to be sunny, just somewhere it can get light
- It will look a little miserable at first – I’m sure you and I would if we’d just been pulled apart! But after a few days it will perk up and settle in.
- 10. You’ll need to water it regularly in dry weather
I’ve found, over the years that parsley can be grown like this and if you live in a mildish area it will continue to grow and live throughout winter (I have photos of the plants covered in snow) and it will come back in Spring with a few new shoots. I grow it in the garden along the edge of the path, I grow it in pots on the back windowsill and I grow a bunch in the greenhouse. Yes I like parsley! But think about it – in the dead of winter you could have a few springs of freshly cut parsley to sprinkle on a salad or omelette – how good would that be?
The last thing I’ll say is that I’ve tried this technique with Coriander and Basil but haven’t had the same success as I have with Parsley. But maybe you could tell me something different and give me a tip or two? Or maybe I need to sow some seeds….