My Happy Little Lockdown Herb Garden

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace.

May Sarton

Hello, Lovelies!

A few months ago, when I realised I would be stuck in the city, and Ben would be stuck at our farm, because it’s been that kind of a year with COVID and lockdowns, I decided to start a herb garden.


I wanted a tiny patch of soil that I could tend each day, and where I could go to pick a few sprigs of fresh herbs to brighten and enliven my simple meals.

At the time I was housebound and with no car, so anything I purchased had to be home delivered. In desperation I bought a few kitchen herbs from my supermarket that were in pots – Italian Parsley, Curly Parsley, Basil, Sage. They arrived half-dead. But I had to work with what I had. Carefully I dug out an old garden bed under the kitchen window, added some compost and coffee grounds, placed my small, withered, miserable herb specimens in the ground, mulched them and hoped for the best.

Each morning I would water them via a bucket while my coffee brewed, and then I would sit at a tiny outside table and watch the birds and take in the energy of the trees in my backyard. I often came back to visit my little garden at day’s end too. It was a satisfying relationship, which gave me great comfort.

Eventually I bought myself a car and on one of my infrequent shopping trips I bought a few more sickly-looking plants from the local hardware store. They went into the garden bed as well – Rosemary, Oregano, Chives, Mint, Lemon Thyme, Pizza Thyme, Sweet Williams and Alyssum (because flowers are good for the soul).

A few weeks of love later my plants began to grow and look healthy. Now I have the pleasure of snipping off a few leaves to add to my cooking, or just to nibble. And there are flowers to enjoy too.

You could do the same, with a pot on your windowsill or balcony, or in a tub or small bed in your yard. It’s a simple thing, which doesn’t take much time, but which gives so many benefits, only one of which is fresh herbs for your meals. The peace and connection you find through gardening, and the visual pleasure and satisfaction of watching something grow can not be underestimated.

Hugs and love, Nicole xx

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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4 thoughts on “My Happy Little Lockdown Herb Garden

  1. Doctors should prescribe small gardens. Fiona is right, it’s a sure fire way to regain your mojo. As I age I want to hold on to gardening the most!

  2. This is exactly what my friend said to do when I separated. Just carve out a small space in the overrun garden and dig. Which I did and you should see it. I’ve then got my mojo back and have pruned and hacked the whole space. It brings me such joy. AND I have a veggie garden now.

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