Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Not that I haven't tried. I've planted lots of zinnias over the years and a cosmos or two, but I've never had a real cutting garden. Enter the generous Belinda from Wild Acres. Last fall she did a seminar [bloginar?] on how to start a cutting garden. I learned two things: that gardening conditions in England are not that different from those in Central Virginia, and that I needed a new approach - no more sticking a few annuals in among ("amongst", Belinda would say) the perennials and shrubs. I needed a new garden.
You know the tricks. Last September I laid out the space with a hose and walked around it for a few days; then added Roundup. A week later and a lot of spade work and voila!
Clearly they did well this winter, because the local rabbits took to dining on the larkspur. I had to cover part of the bed until they got tall enough to not be tender and delicious!