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It's time to get growing

This summer put some Sweet Heat on your plate

Laurie Mustard / Winnipeg Free Press

Things are springing to life at Bosch Greenhouses.

Are you in the mood for a little Sweet Heat?

Whatever image that may have brought to mind for you, I’m going to take you straight to the bottom line and tell you that Sweet Heat is a kind of pepper, one of many Bosch Greenhouses is growing aplenty presently in preparation of the upcoming gardening season.

I popped in for an interesting chat with plant, herb, pepper and bush maven Charlene Bosch to find out how the tons of pre-season work is coming along, and came away, as always, a bit wiser about all things green.

I mean, who plants herbs in their home garden? Apparently lots of people do, and use them for a variety of purposes.

One of those is for use in a sachet.

This gives me an opportunity to clear up a bit of confusion that has been confounding humankind since the beginning of time.

The difference between a sachet, and a sashay.

Oh it matters.

A sachet is a small sack containing herbs and spices that is used to add flavour to stocks, soups, casseroles, and sauces. It literally means "bag of spices" in French. Sashay on the other hand, pronounced exactly the same, is a type of walk used to gain attention.

So yes, you can sashay over to your garden to fill your sachet. Invaluable information, which may help you win a trivia contest someday, perhaps even cash, that I am now entitled to half of. Are we clear? Good. Moving along.

Among Bosch’s long list of herbs: lavender, spearmint, parsley, basil, oregano, mint, and so many more. Mint is a low-growing plant that spreads out and is popular for harvesting the leaves to make yummy jellies and teas with. Mojito mint is another people are really fond of (think drinks). Some of the herbs are also used as an ingredient when making soap. That’s where those nice smells come from.

Also very popular each year are peppers, which the company is growing lots of right now, also tomatoes galore, so much more, none of which can be put in the ground until the frost risk has left the building, usually following May long weekend.

A few passionate pepper peeps who simply can’t wait until planting season are buying them to nurture inside until they can go into the earth. Bosch isn’t officially open yet, but if you call Charlene will sell you peppers covertly out the side door. All very hush hush, mum’s the word. Not really, but it’s fun to pretend. But DO call, she’ll sell you some to grow at home. Done.

Now say you just have to plant and grow something right now. You simply can’t wait. Does such a plant exist? Well I didn’t know it, but yes they do.

Charlene? "Pansies are safe to plant now. Frost doesn’t hurt them."

Wow. Great. Anything else?

"Onions. You could plant onions today and they’d be fine."

"If people have some roughage over their gardens or beds they’re thinking of cleaning up soon, leaves, grass, etc., best to leave them be for a while. Often those are the winter home for beneficial insects, and when you get rid of it this early, it destroys a lot of them," added Charlene, "Give them time to hatch. They do good work."

Also. Thinking of trimming your lilac bush? Best not to. Not all, but some lilac varieties begin this year’s blooms within three weeks of last year’s finished cycle. Cut them off, and you may kill future flowers for up to five years. Not good.

Have a great weekend.

Comments and feedback are always welcome!


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