COLLECT & SOW SEEDS
Alexanders, parsnips, carrots and fennel that set their seed from late spring onwards reproduce best when their seeds hit the ground while still tender, rather than later on when the seeds have hardened. Sweet cicely ( Myrrhis odorata – pictured above) is perhaps the most striking example of a biennial from the apiaceae family. This flowering herb, whose leaves can be used to sweeten dishes, can keep a you waiting for over a year for reproduction by seed, if those seeds are left to turn black and hard. Many of them will still sprout, but not for a while.
Get your fruit trees set up for upcoming hot, dry periods. Keep areas around trees weed free so they don’t compete for water. Use a non-residual weed killer out to the drip line. Once it takes effect, apply a mulch to thwart their return. While all fruit trees appreciate mulch applied at the base, young trees, with root
systems still getting established, will especially benefit. Sprinkle the wetting agent Saturaid on the soil to the drip line, to help soil retain water, before you apply your mulch. Make sure the mulch is not touching the trunk, or the trunk may rot. Choose your mulch carefully as some, like hay and straw, can bring in weed seeds with them.
Gardening by the moon Do odd jobs around the garden, but don’t sow or transplant. Last quarter