Northumberland Diary Discussion: 03 August 2009
Started by: Christine Brown
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Late July sounds a bit late in the summer to Mike and me. The reasoning behind cutting back in June was to give the plants ample time to grow a very substantial and healthy crop of "cress" in time for the new growth to mature before the dieback in early winter. It seems that for the plants to prosper during the following season they must be healthy and strong just before the weather gets colder. Possibly the new wood, i.e.the new permanent stem structure, needs time to ripen. This is buried deep within the old dead material and is not normally seen. Our experience is that good growth during the early part of the summer is not sufficient for the plants to flourish the following season. This may be due to our warm wet situation.
As for the "tonic water" Mike recommends it mixed with gin.