15 minutes of tidying and mulching every day and I’ve knocked my herbaceous borders into shape. Well, I’m certainly further along with the tidy up than I was this time last year.
The general idea is to leave some woody stems above tender herbaceous perennials to protect the new crowns from frost and provide a habitat for insects, but most of mine had become rather soggy and unsightly, so I trimmed them down and applied a compost mulch around the plants and over the crowns to provide some protection. I also lifted and potted 3 lupins and put those in the greenhouse, as I never seem to be able to overwinter lupins in the ground.
The strawberries were next for the the ‘tidy up’ treatment. I removed all the dead leaves and put those in the compost bin (remember, you need ‘brown’ materials in the compost too), then applied a mulch of compost around the remaining crowns.
The herb bed is now quivering in anticipation, as that’s next on the list for the chop and mulch treatment.