By Lynn Herb of the Week for 16th May
Autumn has arrived
with cold temperatures which have coloured up the deciduous trees and rain which
has filled our dam which two weeks ago was a muddy hole.
The best news about the rain is the ground has been thoroughly watered and as the ground temperatures are still warmish it combines to make the perfect time for rejuvenation in the herb garden.
If you are planning changes in the garden the best idea is to take a seat, preferably in the garden and think about what has worked for you up to now in your garden and what changes you want to make. Perhaps you realise that you would like more fresh herbs for cooking or for teas. You may like to explore the options for more fragrance or even which herbs you could plant for first aid uses.
Use the wonderful resource we have in our libraries around
the city and get out some herb books to look at and get some inspiration.
Remember though that some herbs mentioned in overseas books may not be available here.
The local herb society is another great source of information.
I will tell you
what we are doing in this lovely season of working in the herb farm gardens.
The herb farm café gardens are getting a makeover with fresh plantings of culinary herbs so Karen and her team can pick fresh herbs for the delicious meals they are creating.
The new plantings are being bedded down with leaf mulch to keep weeds down and moisture in and add to the soil makeup.
Little lavender seedlings have popped up in one border and these are being transplanted while they are small and they will settle in over the next few months and grow with great vigour when spring comes. As you can see in the photo the big lavenders have had a good trim back to shape them.
Then there is cutting back, mulching and dividing up of big clumps of perennials.
There is never an end to work in the garden and Thomas Jefferson had some thoughts on gardeners. "Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God."
Enjoy the autumn tasks in