We haven’t had much luck with growing citrus outdoors at Roogulli. Lemons and limes that started out as good sized trees got smaller each year with the onslaught of long frosty winters.

After a bit of fast talking, our original polytunnel was relocated to the back of the Roogulli food forest. A collection of mismatching old bathtubs had been languishing in a corner after rejection by the style police for being too unsightly to be kept right in front of the kitchen window.

They were perfect furnishings for the polytunnel. Despite all the misgivings of the family about what might go on in the place christened ‘The Bath House’, the baths are now operating as wicking beds for a collection of citrus underplanted with mints. All are growing well in this sheltered environment and we have added lemon grass, ginger and lemon verbena. Maybe one day we will even get around to making tea from the leaves.

From this (some might say) tatty collection, visitors to The Bath House are gifted with a glorious experience. As you walk through, a mix of fragrances waft upwards and swirl around. As one visitor said, ‘it is like a moment of time out from a busy world’.

Plants in The Bath House:

  • Lisbon Lemon
  • Tahitian Lime
  • Seville Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Common Mint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Choc Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger Mint
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lemon Grass
  • Ginger
  • Woad (for dyeing)
  • Thai Basil
  • Sweet Basil