Prep­ping pop­pies for spe­cial days

Hauraki Herald - - GARDENING - BAR­BARA SMITH

clumps of both gar­lic and or­di­nary chives. Re­plant di­vi­sions in a fresh spot in full sun with good drainage. Add com­post to the plant­ing hole and keep evenly wa­tered. 4. Mint: By the end of sum­mer mint leaves can look rusty and plants of­ten die down over win­ter. Chop down to ground level and add a layer of com­post. It will come away again with clean fresh leaves. 5. Lemon­grass: Move pot­ted plants to awarm place un­der the eaves. Re­duce wa­ter­ing but don’t let them dry out. Pro­tect in-ground plants with a cloche or a frame with frost cloth. Har­vest any plump stems – they freeze very well. 6. Sage: Re­move stems which have flow­ered, and trim lightly. Don’t be too se­vere as it can die back. 7. Rose­mary: Trim back but watch out for bees if it’s still flow­er­ing. Take cut­tings. Re­move the lower leaves and place cut­tings around the edge of a pot of sand, ver­mi­culite or pot­ting mix. Keep moist. Pot on into in­di­vid­ual con­tain­ers when the cut­tings pro­duce roots. Trail­ing rose­mary is easy to prop­a­gate by lay­er­ing. Scratch away a sec­tion of bark on a long stem where it touches the ground. Keep the stem in con­tact with the ground with awire sta­ple or a stone. Al­ter­na­tively, at­tach the stem across the top of a pot of pot­ting mix. Roots will grow from the stem. Cut the stem away from the par­ent plant when the roots are well es­tab­lished. 8. Thyme: Cut out any dead bits and give the clump a light trim. Look around the edge of the clump for rooted pieces that can be de­tached from the par­ent and pot­ted up as new plants.

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