Biennial vegetables and flowers that have finished their displays and are presenting dried seeds can be harvested now. Parsnips, carrots, celery, caraway, alexanders, Queen Anne’s lace (pictured) and perennials such as lovage and fennel all have an umbrella-shaped flower structure that makes collecting seeds easy. On a dry day, pick the seeds into a bowl and bring inside to dry on a sheet of paper. When completely dry, store in labelled jars and keep somewhere cool, dry and dark.
Many people are resistant to rain harvesting due to the perceived cost of installation or concern there isn’t enough space in their garden for a tank. However, there is a vast array of rainwater tanks and butts available, some slim enough to fit into narrow side gardens or under the house or deck. Smaller
rainwater butts (200L) can be connected easily to a downpipe, no plumber needed. Larger tanks will require more fittings and pipes, as well as a plumber to install them. If the tank is large enough (1000-3000L), and plumbed to the toilet and laundry, it could meet 50 per cent of your household water needs.
Growth is slow and vitality low. Weed and water and wait patiently for the chance to sow. Sow turnips and other root crops. Full Moon 02:27 AM It’s a full moon start for February and conditions are unsuitable for sowing and planting. Gather your...