October Newsletter 2006

October Newsletter 2006

 

This will be the last newsletter of the 2006 season, as we finished our last shows at the very end of September, though we continue on the local market until Christmas. Deep joy! The end of September also sees the troops start to disappear. Noam left before the end of the month as he had a family wedding to attend before he went off on his travels. Claire is probably packing as we speak as she’s off to the States for a disgustingly long holiday. Geoff has finished work but is still resident at present, before returning to London’s bright lights and his practice as a Medicinal Herbalist. Jeff has definitely finished with us for good after three long years, for him that is, and is off to further his horticultural career. Zsuzsa and I are tidying, cleaning and getting everything sorted for the Winter and Spring. It’s true to say that there isn’t loads to do after the end of the month until mid January time, it’s just a case of checking the watering, sowing a few seeds, and keeping things clean as the plants die back - and paperwork - lots of that!

 

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Lemon Grass

 

 

Whilst most herbs are hardy, there are a few that will need some protection over Winter. The main ones are the fruity sages, lemon verbena, French tarragon, gotu kola, pelargoniums, aloe vera and lemon grass. The first four should be fine in an unheated greenhouse if you’re lucky enough to have one. If not, and it is growing in the ground, you can either cover it with a cloche or a layer of straw. If it’s in a pot its worth investing in some fleece to wrap the whole thing up in. All the top growth will die away with the first frosts. The last three require somewhere a little warmer and that generally means indoors. The brightest place available, preferably, which means a big window or patio door. Not quite so crucial for the aloe vera which will  survive in darker spaces. They all need to be kept on the dry side; too much water will simply kill them as growth will be slow due to the short daylight hours. Treat the aloe as you would a cactus, it survives for long periods of time without water.

 

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Lemon Verbena

 

For those of you that are still eager to be out in the garden there are some salad crops that can be sown now and, if covered with a cloche, will continue to give some succulent leaves; things such as mizuna, lambs lettuce, land cress and some lettuces. It’s also the time of year to be planning your herb garden for next year and putting in any hard landscaping that needs to be done. Once that is over, what better way to spend a miserable wet winter day than poring over books and planning your garden.

 

Hope you have all had a fab year. Have a wonderful Christmas and we will, hopefully, see you all next year.


 

Lorraine.