Wednesday, February 3, 2010

From the book

"The Gardener's Wise Words and Country Ways" by Ruth Binney (UK: 2007).

Page 137:

"Helpful Signs

Look out for all these good soil indicators growing in your garden:

High Nitrogen - stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)

Lime rich - bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Lime deficient - chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Loam - tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), dandelions (Taraxacum pp)

Clay - coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)"

I was wondering if it applies to us here too? If so, then I must have a number of soils going here!! heh... but definitely not lime deficient! I am not sure re coltsfoot - need to look up anyway.

And from pages 196 - 197:

It recommends planting garlic on the shortest day and harvesting it on the longest - meaning garlic should survive the winter and produce its crop in summer. Plant them anytime from mid-autumn before the ground's cold and hard with frost

Thought Id share anyway... 

That's it for today, peeps.

Cheers till later! 

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