herbs and nematoes
I am planing on cleaning out my winter garden of about 250 to 300 sq.ft.. Most of my turnips are gone, the mustard does not look great, the winter onions have stalled out, and the kale is not producing well.
My plan is to harvest the rest of the turnips even tho they are small. I will pull the winter onions and cut up to freeze. I don't want to save any because of the nematodes. The kale will be harvested and cooked (it has been kept picked pretty close). All roots will be disposed of.
I expect to till the garden several times in Jan., hoping to reduce the number of nematodes. After the freezing/UV treatment I will come back with a large amount compost, shredded leaves. grain rye clippings and sorghum, and maybe a little liquid fish. I also have a bulb auger to drill down a foot or more to drop in compost. A dose of beneficial nematodes is not out of the question, but I expect they will come later in the year. I plan on planting my Cole crops in this same spot because this is the only free space I will have.
Now for the hard part. I want to grow some herbs, and I know nothing about them. Do I need to buy a book? Do I plant in the ground or in a pot? My wife does not know anything about herbs either, my family has never grown herbs that I am aware of.
Any advice will be welcomed.