Around the garden

Celeriac is an unusual vegetablebeing theturnip-rooted form of celery.
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Thecelery flavoured swollen roots are used in soups, casseroles and salads.Celeriac prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position.

Seedsare sownin spring, but you can prepare a spot before then as they like soil that has been enrichedwith plenty of rotted manure or compost.

To ensure the roots develop correctly remove any side shoots from late summer to mid-autumn.

VERSATILE: The celery-flavoured celeriac prefers well-drained soils.

Lovely LorraineAn ever-blooming climber or shrub rose, Rosa Lorraine Lee, needs only its faded flowers removed along with about seven centimetresof stem to ensure good flowers all year round.

But for avid rose growerswho want to seethis rose at her best, prune in March.

Rosa Mermaid and R. Lorraine Lee create the best hedgesand wall coverings of all the roses.

LOVELY: The Lorraine Lee rose is at her best after being pruned in March.

Planting planPlant seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, leek and lettuce.

Plant seeds of carrot, broccoli, cabbage, leek, parsnip, radish, silverbeet,spinach, onions, swede and turnip.

Broad beans can be planted now in pairs about 12 centimetres apart in double rowsthat are spaced 30 centimetresapart.

This spacing allows the seedlings to support each other as they grow.

Each double row should be spaced about 60 centimetres apartso youhave room toweed and pick the beans.

When the lower trusses of beans are three centimetreslong pinch out the tops. These can be cooked like silverbeet and are quite tasty.

This topping encouragesan early harvest timeand develops the pods below. It can alsohelp to control black fly which are nearly always seen on mature bean stalks.

Unbeeten favouriteSilverbeet’smain qualitiesare thatit’s easy to grow, is not prone to pests and diseases andthehugegreen stalkscan provide acontinuouscropfor an extended length of time.

Sow pre-moistened seeds direct into the garden bed in an open sunny position inrich soil, preferably one that has been well-manured as it will then hold more water.

Discover cumquatsThe cumquat is small, evergreen and very decorative particularly when covered in blossom or bright, orange-coloured fruit.

TOUGH BEAUTIES: Cumquats are decorative, evergreen and very hardy.

Cumquats are quite hardy and can withstand colder conditions than theother varieties of citrus.

Like other species of citrus, cumquats need good drainage whether grown in a pot or in the open garden.

They make great standard specimens and are often seen on either side of entrances.

The fruit, although somewhat tart,makes a good marmalade.

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