It’s tennis season and Wimbledon 2018 is well underway! When I think of Wimbledon, I think of Pimm’s. My ultimate favourite summer drink. The crisp refreshing flavour and feeling like you’re being (slightly) healthy by adding lots of fruit into a tall glass of Pimm’s. This got me thinking… How many of us could enjoy Pimms at home with some of our own home grown produce?
Some of you may know that The Newhouse Family grow lots of our own food. Pimm’s is famous for having delicious fruit and herbs added into the popular mixer. I LOVE my Pimms with home grown strawberries, mint and cucumber. I also forage for wild apples along our local walking routes… ideal for adding into a glass of Pimms!
You can’t drink Pimm’s alone though. I was a little cheeky on Wednesday afternoon and shared a glass with a friend. We sat in the sunshine in my back garden, let the kids run riot for an hour and we sat back, nattered and refreshed ourselves with a glass of Pimm’s and lemonade. It’s lovely to sometimes just pause a hectic day as a busy mum, and treat yourself. Although, I am seriously considering buying a new gazebo because we have NO shade in our garden… at 33*c outside, even the biggest sun-tan die-harders are struggling!
How to grow your own Pimm’s
OK firstly, I didn’t actually grow the Pimms… that is made by some clever people in London. I also didn’t make the lemonade that I use as a mixer. But the fruit is also just as important as the booze. Right?
You’ll need to start your Pimms growing journey early in the year. April is a good time to start. But, if you start now you can have fresh home grown fruit in your Pimms for next year. It’s never to early to start planning for Wimbledon 2019.
I like to sow my strawberry seeds in March indoors, so any last minute frosts don’t get them. You can plant your baby strawberries out anytime after the risk of frost has passed. The beauty of strawberries is that you can get really inventive when it comes to growing them. You can grow them on the ground (traditionally) or in hanging baskets, bags, bits of old guttering, outgrown welly boots (great fun for the kids!) … anywhere really. Water them in periods of hot dry weather and by June you shall be harvesting your very own strawberries. Absolutely perfect, and who doesn’t love warm strawberries picked and eaten when fresh?
Strawberry plants can be slow in their first year, but if looked after, every year there after you’ll have more strawberries than you can shake a (cocktail) stick at! Strawberries have to be my ultimate favourite fruit to grow at home.
Cucumbers are super easy to grow. If you have kids like mine, they will eat cucumbers until the cows come home! You can start growing your cucumbers indoors in February or outdoors in March, and are ready to harvest from July right through to October. I like to train my cucumber plants to grow up canes. It keeps the plants off of the soil, and the cucmbers are easy to spot and pick.
Mint is seriously easy to grow. It’s like a weed! Sow indoors from March- June or outdoors in May. It grows very quickly and rapidly. Mint spreads very quickly, so if you don’t have much space I recommend planting in pots. If you want the mint in a bed in the ground, plant the pot into the soil and this shall keep the mint under control.
Perfect Pimm’s Recipe
- 1 part Pimms
- 3 parts lemonade
- Ice cubes (although I often use frozen fruit, such as blueberries or raspberries)
Garnish- per serving
- I strawberry, sliced
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 1/4 chopped apple
- 2 mint leaves, sliced
Did you know?
The Pimm’s journey all started in an oyster bar in London in the 1840’s, where bartender James Pimm blended the original concoction of gin, quinine (the bitter ingredient in tonic water that gives it it’s taste) with a variety of herbs to make Pimm’s No. 1 Cup tonic. Originally served as a digestive for his clients, the original recipe remains a secret held by only a handful of people.
The No. 1 Cup is as popular today as ever! After first being introduced as an English summer drink, the first Pimm’s Bar opened at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1971.
Every year over 80,000 pints of Pimms and lemonade are sold to keen tennis spectators!
So, it’s safe to say… IT’S PIMM’S O’CLOCK!
This post was in collaboration with The Garden Buildings Center (GBC), the UK’s premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings with branches across the UK. GBC are keen to get families and friends outside and enjoying time together. To see the extensive catalogue, visit the GBC Group website here.
The Pimm’s and seeds were gifted to us in exchange for this post.
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