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Harvest and enjoy – a rewarding hobby

I love spending time with friends and family, but I also think it’s important to have a hobby, or something to focus on, that is your own, something you really enjoy doing when you’ve got some time to spare, or when you just feel a need to be alone for a while.

I’ve found mine in gardening, and I think the most fun thing of all is to grow herbs and berries in the garden, as it gives so much in return. You can bring them up from seeds into growing plants, and eventually harvest the result; delicious and nutritious berries and herbs, that can be used for baking, cooking or just as a treat every now and then.

Do you enjoy gardening, and do you grow your own herbs and berries? I’ve composed a list of berries and herbs that I think is great to grow at home. Maybe you’ve already got some of them in your backyard, or maybe you’ve got more favorites to add to the list? I’d gladly add them, so just let me know!

  • Fragaria x vescana – Do you like strawberries? Then you’ll love this delicious little berry, which is a mix between strawberries and wild strawberries. They are smaller than a strawberry, and just as sweet as wild strawberries. They are usually ready to harvest in July and August, and when you plant them you should place the plant in a sunny, yet protected place.
  • Orange Balsam – This is a type of Thymus which is easy to grow. You don’t have to water it daily, as it can stand dry surroundings without problems. Place it in a sunny spot. It’s beautiful with its leaves which are coloured in a mix of grey and green, and its flowers which are purple-pink. You can have it as a beautiful addition in the garden, but you can also use it for cooking purpose, and it’ll taste just perfect when used in meat dishes and stews.
  • Yellow Raspberries – Raspberries are always delicious, but if you want something slightly different, but still very delicious, you should search for yellow raspberries, or Rubus Golden Queen, as they’re also called. The berries are ready to harvest in July and August, and these plants are quite easy to grow, which is a great bonus.
  • Eruca Sativa – Perfect to grow as it’s easy to grow from seed, and you’ll be able to harvest all summer. Tasty to put in the salad, or along with pizza. You can grow this inside as well as outside, so it’s not necessary to have a garden of your own.
  • Sweet Cherry – Prunus Avium, as it’s called in Latin, is a delicious berry that can be grown in large pots on the balcony, as well as in the garden. The tree should be placed in a sunny spot, and you may have to protect the berries from birds when they are ready to harvest. The berries are really sweet, as the name suggests, and you can eat them as they are, or use in pies, etc.

Did you find any of your favorites in the list? Or maybe some new ideas for your garden? Remember that it doesn’t have to be expensive to grow your own herbs and berries. Maybe you can exchange seeds or plants with friends or relatives? Maybe they’d like a strawberry plant from you, in exchange for some Thyme to plant in your garden? It’s often possible to keep the costs down to a minimum, if you’re openminded and willing to share what you have with others.