Fra­grant herbs mak­ing their mark

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON - ROBERT GUYTON

grow­ing along­side path­ways through­out the gar­den; brush­ing through them adds so much to the ex­pe­ri­ence of a gar­den ram­ble. are, you may need to re­duce the num­ber of fish per litre if they’ve been breed­ing.

The creek that usu­ally flows through my for­est gar­den had been re­duced to a trickle by the lack of rain and the na­tive fish weren’t look­ing as happy as they had sev­eral weeks be­fore. I kept an eye on them and had a net at hand. Some na­tive fish can go into a sort of sleep when they can no longer func­tion and I ex­pected these might just hun­ker down in the mud if that’s all they could get. They’d have been hop­ing for rain as much as we gar­den­ers were. Re­ports from around South­land told a sad story for the fish in the de­pleted rivers, and any gar­den­ers keep­ing fish would take a use­ful les­son from this most un­usual sea­son.

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