Have you got gardening plans for this long easter weekend?
I bought some herbs at the wisley plant fair last week, they’re really small at the moment so the sooner I get them in the sooner they’ll really start to grow. I’m planting them at the top of a small bank outside the kitchen door, it’s sunnny ….. and hopefully well-drained.
The tarragon is staying inside for now, it seems to have doubled in size over the last few days, but it’s a tender thing and wouldn’t be happy with the tempertures outside, so it’s on a sunny windowsill.
The mint that I planted last Spring needs planting not individual pots, if you want to plant something that’s guaranteed to thrive, mint is the one for you. It’ll need watering and it’s own pot, but it is difficult to kill.
If you’re planting this weekend, here’s a few tips to help get everything off to a good start:
- Water the plants well a couple of hours before they’re planted, the day before is even better for big plants, this helps minimise any damage to the roots when they’re atken out of the pot.
- Check that the planting site is going to suit that particular place, if you’re anything like me it’s easy to get carried away with thinking ‘it’ll look nice there’ rather than ‘will it grow well there.’
- Prepare the planting hole before the plant comes out of the pot, dig a hole bigger than the plant pot, rough up the base and the side, this makes it welcoming for the new roots
- Use a fork rather than a spade in clay soil so that the sides of the hole don’t become smooth and impenetrable for tiny roots
- Add compost [home-made, green-waster or soil-improver will do nicely] to the base of the hole and into the soil that came out.
- Hold the plant in place in the hole while you replace the soil, make sure it’s planted at the same depth as it was in the pot – check the colour of the stem- it’s lighter where it’s been above the soil – and gently firm the soil in place.
- Plant on a very slight mound if your soil is wet and heavy, this lets water drain away more easily. On the other hand, leaving a shallow depression around the base of the plant gives water the time to seep into light, sandy soil.
- Lastly, water it.
Good planting gets plants off to a healthy start, the roots are less likely to have been damaged and the planting hole will have a nice mix of compost for their roots to grow into. Water it during spring and summer if it hasn’t rained for a few days and the soil looks dry, especially if it’s over-shadowed by other plants or the eaves of the house.
Find Pepperpot Herbs here.
At last Spring is finally upon us, are you planting any seeds or plants this weekend?
all photos: Jill Anderson