IN THE HERB GARDEN NOW
• 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.