Make a tasty table decoration
by Rhiannon James
If you’re throwing a jubilee or Olympic-themed party this summer, why not make some table decorations fit for a feast? Fill a planter with fruit, veg and edible flowers in Union Jack shades and you’ll have a centrepiece that’s truly British and tasty too!
Things you’ll need
1. A plastic window box – we used one measuring 54cm x 18cm x 12cm
2. Horticultural grit
4. Fruit, vegetables and edible flowers in red, white and blue. We used lollo rosso and strawberries for red; pineberries (a white strawberry variety – available from Suttons, www.suttons.co.uk), lawn daisies (the leaves give an acidic zing to salads) and wild garlic (leaves have a mild garlic flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked) for white and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Viola tricolor (both pretty garnishes for salads and desserts) for blue.
5. A watering can
To decorate the planter:
6. Red, white and blue paper and a pack of Union Jack bunting
7. PVA glue
8. Waterproof sealant – we used polyurethane varnish
9. Paint brushes
Give your container a quick clean before you start.
Then cut the white paper into pieces and glue these on to the outside of the pot – this will stop the container’s colour showing through. Once you’ve covered the whole pot, leave the glue to dry. If your container has a rim then you can either leave it bare or cover it with strips of coloured paper as we have.
Cut the Union Jack flags off the bunting and glue them on to the outside of the container. Keep each flag in line with its neighbour.
Once the glue has dried, you can paint over the flags with clear varnish if you’re planning to leave the container outside.
You can then start your planting. Work out the best arrangement for the different crops first. Then put a layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot, add compost and plant your fruit, vegetables and edible flowers. Water the plants in well and finish by adding a decorative gravel mulch if there’s room!
A brief note of warning: if you’re including flowers, lesser-known leaves or any other more unusual options, just make sure that they’re definitely edible and you’ve identified them correctly as some plants are poisonous. Edible flowers are best used in moderation and should be avoided by hay fever, asthma and allergy sufferers.