Archive for June, 2009

Herbs lizards love

Coriander, Parsley and chives are a good food for lizards and we grow each of these in the back garden especially as we can eat them too.

I have found that chives are easy to grow from seed and if you keep cutting them regularly they will keep you going all year round.  Coriander and parsley however take a long time from seed in my experience so this year I have bought some potted specimens from the supermarket £1.79 and from our local Range store for a very reasonable 99p.

There are some long thin containers in our yard perfect for a herb garden, filled with organic compost I have planted coriander, parsley and chives in this container and also in some separate smaller containers.  With coriander you need to watch it doesn’t start flowering and go to seed too quickly when the weather gets hot by watering regularly and also cutting as often you can to feed the lizards and this will keep the growth fresh and going throughout the summer.  Parsley will keep growing throughout the year if you look after it during the winter months.

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Homegrown landcress as a substitute for watercress

Our lizards love watercress and because we try to grow our own veggies landcress is a good alternative to watercress due to the conditions it needs.  All I do is take brand new cat litter tray, fill it with organic seeding compost and sow the seeds covered with a thin layer of the compost, leave the tray in the plastic portable greenhouse until they germinate then put them under the plastic sun tunnel and they grow really quickly.  The trick is to keep them well watered, remove slugs and snails daily and keep cutting them frequently.  Each time you cut some for the lizards to eat, only cut half of the tray at a time as it takes a good two weeks for these to grow back.  I have two trays growing at the moment to keep a good supply going.

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