It's officially autumn, so I have been busy pilfering plants. By which I mean, lifting them, splitting them, and potting them on, or sometimes, if I think they're tough enough, just planting them straight into the soil, then watering well.
Herbs - Marjoram and Mint
One pot of unhappy, straggly mint, has been unearthed and split it into 6 new pots. A fortnight later, and each new mint plant is growing madly - vigorous, scented and green - and adding flavour to my pea and mint soup.
From one spade cut, I now have half a dozen green and yellow marjorams, which will be planted on in the autumn to edge some borders. After 5 minutes digging, I have now planted creeping dead nettles, with their pretty variegated leaves and tiny pink flowers, in amongst roses and geraniums.
Sedums & Bees
I have also split and potted on several sedums. These are actually tough enough to be planted straight into the soil, but the clump in question had ground elder amongst the root structure. So I will keep an eye on them to make sure I've picked out all the elder, then plant them in about 6 weeks, into the hot border. The bees really love them (see previous post: Bees Love Sedum).
This is the economic way to garden, and I plan to do more of it. This spring I'll be running a seed and seedling swap at Neats Home, and I'm hoping I can trade some mint and marjoram for other plants. Watch this space, or email me via the Contact page, if you want me to let you know when it's on.