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Winter Tasks on the Riverbank

By Lynn Kirkland
For 13th July

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Herb notes by Lynn Kirkland

Winter Tasks on the Riverbank For 13th July

In the story book land of Wind in the Willows, Mole, Badger and Toad are rolling out their wheelbarrows to get on with the winter tidy up.
Likewise at the herb farm and in many gardens, gardeners will be using this dormant time in the garden to have a big clean up.
Jocelyn, the herb farm gardener, has been weeding out perennials which are past their best, pulling out dead annuals and cutting back shrubs before applying a thick bed of compost on our low lying areas.
The worms will work away through the winter and early spring preparing a wonderful soil bed for spring planting.
One of the hardest things for many gardeners is pulling out plants when they may still have a bit of life in them. If they have served your garden well but are now past their use by date, now is a good time for a cull.
A tidy bedded down winter garden is a pleasure to the eye and soothing to the soul.

The Wind in the Willows gang are going to plant garlic as they know it is time for doing this. They will plant individual cloves of garlic and in six months time, enjoy harvesting a full bulb of garlic for each clove planted now.
This is one of the miracles of nature. I am sure everyone knows what a health giving herb garlic is.
This winter I have planted a few cloves of elephant garlic which is as the name would suggest is a garlic of rather large proportions. It is a sweet, mild and delicious garlic.
Plant each clove in friable soil covering it with the depth of soil the same size as the clove. Then thatís it for six months apart from keeping an eye on weeds as the green shoots emerge. It is wonderful to think of that miracle going on under the soil.

Itís back to school next week and winter does bring the usual sniffles and colds so fortify the family with lots of garlic in your meals.

Thanks lynn another great read.

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