When I used to work on the President’s Choice PR business, it was always exciting to be one of the first to take a peek inside each new Insider’s Report. And while it’s normally new foods that pique my interest, I also love reading the Lawn & Garden Insider’s Report to try to inspire some kind of green thumb.
I’m never going to be a gardener. Between allergies and a murderous hand when it comes to most greenery (I’ve killed bamboo three times and just killed a cactus), it’s just not in the cards.
But there’s one thing I’ve been able to grow with great success year after year: PC Gigantico herbs. Because they already come well-nurtured from their loving greenhouse homes, they’re off to a good start and they’ve never let me down. This year, I’m growing rosemary, sweet basil, oregano and mint (mojito, anyone?):
We use the rosemary on roasted potatoes and I like to sprinkle a heap of fresh oregano leaves on homemade pizza – the flavour is amazing. We eat Caprese salad once a week when basil and tomatoes are in season; it’s always a crowd-pleaser. I do mine a bit differently, and it’s the easiest fancy salad you’ll ever make:
I wanted to try branching out beyond herbs this year, and President’s Choice was kind enough to give me a tomato plant that’s featured in the garden edition of the Insider’s Report: the PC Sweet Baby Girl Cherry Tomato in a Cage, $15. And, look! There are real tomatoes growing that will soon be nice and orange and delish in salads:
The cage is key, I think. I tried to grow cherry tomatoes once before, and I didn’t cage them (again – not winning any Green Thumb Awards here) and they drooped all over the place. This one has been a no-brainer. Now, if I could just order some consistent sunshine, maybe they’ll be edible in the next week or so!
Do you grow anything beyond pretty flowers at home? What do you find is the most foolproof? I’m looking for suggestions for next year…
DISCLAIMER: Loblaw Companies Ltd. is a client of the firm for which I work. I am in no way obligated to share or promote President’s Choice products. I do so because I think they’re frickin’ amazing.