SOW & GROW WA­TER­MEL­ONS

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

COL­LECT A HERB

I’ve de­cided that I’m go­ing to grow as many types of thyme as I can: le­mon, woolly, wild, golden var­ie­gated and so on. I’ll sing ‘Thyme Af­ter Thyme’ in my best Cyndi Lau­per voice as I wa­ter them all. Check out the wide se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent herb va­ri­eties avail­able at your lo­cal gar­den cen­tre or from Kings

Seeds or swap cut­tings with friends. To take soft­wood cut­tings, cut off 5–8cm stems (if Melons aren’t the eas­i­est sum­mer crop to grow and can re­quire a bit of space, but when my five-yearold, ea­gerly ran up to me with a seedling at the gar­den cen­tre, I agreed to give up some pre­cious space. In re­gions with re­li­ably hot, long sum­mers, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wa­ter­mel­ons. Sow Yates ‘Coun­try Sweet’ or Kings Seeds snake­skinned ‘Ge­or­gia Rat­tlesnake’. In smaller gar­dens,

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