The Simple Things - - LIVING | KITCHEN GARDENING -

• Move pars­ley plants into a cold­frame or green­house or cover them with a cloche if you want them to keep crop­ping. They are hardy but growth will slow dur­ing the cold­est months, and any tiny in­crease in tem­per­a­ture helps keep them go­ing. Putting them un­der­cover also stops the leaves from be­ing tough­ened, dam­aged and mud-splat­tered dur­ing harsh weather. •

This is the ideal time for herb gar­den plan­ning and soil

prepa­ra­tion. Make a list of all of the herbs you would like to grow and iden­tify a sunny spot in the gar­den. Clear it of weeds and pre­pare the soil with well rot­ted com­post, and with hor­ti­cul­tural grit to im­prove drainage if the soil is heavy. You’ll then be ready to go when the weather warms. •

Buy seed trays and seed com­post. It isn’t time to start sow­ing yet but the spring rush comes on sud­denly and it pays to be pre­pared. Look at cat­a­logues such as Chiltern Seeds for un­usual herb va­ri­eties and get some or­dered.

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