Quite why I decided I wanted to plant a gin garden I don’t quite know. Hell three years ago I didn’t even like gin.
But then I discovered that it was tonic water I didn’t like and that I actually did like gin. A lot. Though in my defence I do drink it with waaaayyyyyy more lemonade than any recipe would recommend so when I have three a night it is not like your average drink but a heavily watered down version.
Am I making any sense?
Am I being a bit too defensive about my gin drinking?
Shall we move on to the garden? It is Thursday and #HDYGG day after all
So anyway. I think it was after I visited the Bombay Sapphire distillery down the road (less than 25 miles away from my actual house is where every bottle of Bombay Saphhire gin made is produced) and saw them growing the botanicals that I got the idea for my own gin garden. But then I pondered whether I actually wanted to grow those and make my own gin.
What even is Orris Root? Cassia bark anyone? And if the Grains of Paradise are shipped in from West Africa I am not going to have much luck growing them in Fleet, am I? I don’t really have much luck growing things full stop.
Which got me thinking about growing things that can be put into gin and either then left in a bottle to infuse (but all I could think about were Maltesers, Cola bottles or Skittles) or “muddled” when making a cocktail. That is a few leaves picked, dropped into the cocktail shaker and mashed before pouring it through a strainer.
This all coincided with my inlaws asking me what I wanted I for my birthday this year and me proclaiming “a gin garden” so they gave me garden centre vouchers to make this hair brained idea a reality.
And now here it is. In all it’s slightly crazy glory.
I bought the planter in Asda for about £90 and then Ellie got to work with a blue wood stain to make it look slightly more Mediterranean and gin garden like, rather than it just being light brown. It also brightens up a dull piece of fence on our patio.
I lined it with an anti weed membrane (probably the wrong thing to use but I couldn’t find planter liners in our local garden centre) and used drawing pins to hold it up against the edges. Then I filled it full of compost.
Then it just became a case of putting in plants that I thought would be good infused in gin so I have pineapple sage, three types of mint (which I know can be a bully in a garden so I need to keep an eye on it), basil, lemon balm, chamomile, thyme and rosemary.
And the clock will always be on “Gin O’Clock”
And because people like olives in a gin, or Martini, I bought a little olive tree. I can’t stand the things, murdering bastards if you ask me, (long story) but the little tree looks quite cute on the back of it.
I want to get a little lemon tree too, and also cucumber so that it can be a bit of a Pimms garden next year too.
So there you have it.
How to plant your very own gin garden!