NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Sow & Grow -

Mint can live for some years in a pot with only the oc­ca­sional trim to re­move rusty leaves, but it gives its best flavour and fragrance from new growth. Re­ju­ve­nate your plants by dig­ging up old plants, re­plac­ing the pot­ting mix and re­plant­ing sec­tions of rooted, healthy clumps. Cut­tings sprout eas­ily in wa­ter too. Keep a jar full of mint on the kitchen win­dowsill so you don’t have to trek to the herb patch on wet evenings. When re­pot­ting, don't throw sur­plus mint roots in the com­post heap – they will grow! Though you will then have a nice, minty smelling com­post heap!

Sprout spuds

Put early seed pota­toes out for a dose of Vi­ta­min D. Just make sure Jack Frost can’t reach them with his icy fin­gers. You want sprouts on your spuds that are short and sea­soned. If you leave seed pota­toes in the dark, the sprouts get too long and are likely to snap

off when you bury them in the soil. Sprout­ing early pota­toes helps them get off to a good start when plant­ing out, since you’ll be plant­ing them in much cooler soil than main crop pota­toes, which are planted out sev­eral weeks later.

is the month’s ac­tive time, the First Quar­ter phase is rel­a­tively pro­lific, even when the tem­per­a­tures are low. Sow bras­sica seeds into the soil warmed by your cloches. Di­vide and re­plant rhubarb. First quar­ter Gar­den­ing by the moon This

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