From the series "In Your Vege Patch" by Roy Pegler
With spring being a bit earlier, you can plant a row of early potatoes now since there will be little harm, if any, from a late frost. Now’s the time to plant broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, leeks and onions. Your green peas should have been in the ground by the end of March, but now is better than never.
Depending on what you want to grow, it’s essential to amend your soil with as much organic matter— well rotted horse manure, garden compost spent mushroom compost or soil conditioner— as you can lay your hands on. Add organic matter to the bottom of trenches when single or double digging. The more you improve soil, the easier it becomes to work and less deep cultivation you need to do. Use it as a mulch on the surface of raised beds.
The benefits of organic matter are many. It acts like a sponge, soaking up water and fertilizer to make them readily available for plant roots. An added bonus is the organic matter itself is full of nutrients. When mixed with soil, the fibres in organic matter create spaces for aeration and drainage so roots can breathe and waterlogging is prevented. When used as mulch, its dark colour absorbs the heat of the sun that warms the soil. This capturing of heat allows an earlier start with spring sowing and speeds up the germination process.
The message is simple— feed your soil with the right ingredients and it will feed you
by Linda Turnbull
Although Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis , is quite easy to propagate by seed, layering and ctti ngs in water, I prefer to do cuttings in soil. The cuttings can be done anytime during the growing season. If done early in the year, when planting your cutting, place it in the ground near the parent plant as you already know that rosemary grows well in this site. I grow the variety of Rosemary called “Arp”. It is the most zone hardy. It is a shrub that will grow 5 feet high and 9 feet in diameter if unpruned. Luckily, it tolerates pruning well. Keeping its shape and size is easy.
Just follow these simple steps to grow your Rosemary cuttings in soil:
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