Sage Hill Gardens

Sage Hill Gardens in Waiting~

So, while we wait, let’s talk about garden space and how to utilize even the smallest areas. Small spaces can bring a bounty of herbs and vegetables.

So...if you are thinking you don't have room to grow herbs or your own garden...think again...outside the box. Most edible plants do very well in somewhat crowded surroundings.

In a small 4X8 raised bed you can have a tomato plant or two, a basil plant, a chive, dill, thyme and maybe even a sage or oregano plant.

Keeping the bed clean and free of weeds, and training your plants to grow up and not out, are the key.

Tomatoes, cucumber, squash; any plant that produces runners can be caged or made to grow up a heavy string trellis. Basil and other herb plants have to be pinched back and trained to grow tall and not bushy.

Chives will spread from the root, so to keep them at a desired size just dig and divide the clumps two or three times during the growing season. If you don't have extra yard space to transplant them to, use a large container such as a #2 wash tub or any sturdy outside pot.

Chives make lovely little potted gifts for those times when just a little note of appreciation is welcomed.

This is the time to be working your compost, either making your own or just mixing the best of what you can find in garden centers.

A great mineral to add to your compost or garden soil is "Azomite" a natural product of volcanic ash. Check with your local agricultural office about where you can find this product in your area. It can be ordered from a company in Utah, but, unless you need a large amount is very expensive to purchase this way.

This is the time to plant root crops in the mid-South…however; many areas are very wet from all the snow and ice with rains coming this week. Never work your soil when wet…it will dry hard and clumpy. So another 2 weeks of waiting may be the answer for many.

Some crops to consider are: Leeks, onions, Brussels sprouts ( I don’t like them, so I don’t grow them!) Hamburg parsley, Broad beans, lettuces and scallions.

Raspberries should be top dressed with sulfate of potash.

Don’t forget to keep a record of what, where, and when you plant.

In a heated greenhouse you can sow celery, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes for planting outside in May.

Now…to be patient and wait for the sunny days of spring to show!

Have questions…please ask….

~ Do you know? Leeks are older than the onion.

It is listed as an ingredient in one of the world’s oldest recipes, a lamb and leek stew inscribed on a 4,000 year old Babylonian tablet. The Greeks called it prasa, the Arabs kurrats, and the Romans, who brought the leek into northern Europe, porrum.

The Celtic Welsh, who did their best to resist the invading Romans, called it cenhinen and adopted the leek as their national plant.

To a most successful year of gardening~

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens