I went nuts this weekend buying and planting fresh herbs, tomatoes and edible flowers in my garden, most of which I planted in planter boxes, except for the tomatoes, which I planted in a fertile patch of my garden that has full sund exposure. I did the same thing when I owned my restaurants and I found it invaluable as a marketing tool for my customers. They loved nothing more than taking short tours of my garden, or watching my chef clip herbs and flowers to order for the dishes I was serving.
It’s my belief that regarless how much space you have available on the property of your business there is always a bit of room to do some planting. Not only does it give your establishment a bit of extra cache, but it is a great source of both pride and relaxation to turn those thumbs of yours green.
It’s spring time now and the perfect time to plant. So if you have some extra space that’s not being used, or even a few places that you can put a few planter boxes out, it can make all the difference to the appearance of your resturant. And your customers will enjoy the fact that you are making the effort to grow some of your own food.
It’s a simple way to tag on to the Slow Food philosophy without much expenditure. There are myriad great gardening books avaiable at your local book store. Another benefit: any little bit helps to give the insects and birds a place to dine on their own!