Today we are going to see how to plant rue in the garden and the benefits it brings. We are also going to get to know one more aromatic for our “arsenal” of beneficial plants, perhaps a little unknown but really very good for our garden, you will see.
Much used in the past for its medicinal virtues, the rue forms small bushes between 50 and 80 cm in height, erect and with beautiful bluish-green leaves with yellow flowers until autumn. It has multiple uses in our garden.
PLANT RUDE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The first thing to do when planting rue in our garden is to carefully choose the site. It is a plant that will accompany us for years. since it is a perennial plant that we will not have to cultivate every year. It is therefore very important to think carefully about the final site.
Being a plant native to the Mediterranean basin, it likes full sun and good temperatures. Although it tolerates some shade well, the lack of direct sun influences its development. bloom less.
It can tolerate low temperatures well in winter, what it does not tolerate are areas of excessive wind. Therefore, if this is our case, we must protect the area to prevent it from being hit by a lot of wind.
WHAT HARD SOIL DOES IT NEED TO GROW?
The truth is that rue is a very undemanding plant that grows almost anywhere. Even among rubble and very wet land.
has a preference for alkaline soils, sandy, loose and very well drained. Pay attention to the floors compact and very clayey, because in this case the plant could suffer and not develop. To plant rue, it is not necessary to prepare the ground beforehand or to fertilize it as in other crops, partly due to its hardiness.
Aromatic Seeds – Rue – Batlle
- Perennial. Height: About 50cm. Rustic plant. It needs lots of sun and well-drained soil.
- Sowing: Direct seeding, thinning to a 65 cm frame normally in spring
- Harvest: All year round from 3 months after sowing.
WHEN TO PLANT OR SEED RUD IN THE GARDEN
We have several options for obtaining rue, as it is a plant that germinates easily from seed. In the case of sowing it, we will do it at the end of winter in a protected and sunny place so that once it develops and is at least 10 cm high, we can plant it at the outside.
If we have bought the plant, we will put it in its final place in the middle of spring, taking into account all the previous considerations that I have mentioned about sun, shade and wind, as well as sand, moisture or clay in the soil. .
PLANTING DISTANCE DURING RUDE SEEDING
A bushy area can be created by planting several streets, separating them from each other by about 40 or 50 cm between plants or rows.
WATERING FROM THE STREET TO THE ORCHARD
As for irrigation, the street practically does not require irrigation. In humid areas like mine it is not watered but in warmer areas it is usually watered once or twice a week depending on temperatures and if there has been recent rain.
It is a plant that really does not need us to be aware of it, both for its maintenance and for its irrigation. As in many aromatic crops, it is important to know that it is better to err by watering less than by overwatering.
HOW TO REPRODUCE RUDE
we can rude multiply by cutting from the second year and it also reproduces very well by seed, which can be harvested at the end of summer. If we don’t collect the seeds, the following spring we will see new plants germinate that we can transplant.
BENEFICIAL RUDE ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE ORCHARD
There are many cultures with which the street can be associated. In some cases, the support culture with the street it has no positive or negative effect, which makes it ideal for our aromatic terrace. However, thanks to its properties, it can be combined and benefit crops such as beans, broad beans and also crops such as tomatoes or eggplants.
CULTURE INCOMPATIBLE WITH RUDE
It is important to know that rue cannot be associated with crops such as crucifers, cucumbers or other aromatics such as basil and the sage.
BENEFITS OF RUDE IN THE GARDEN
For all of us who want a natural garden, it is essential to reserve space for flowers and aromatic plants which, as you have seen in other articles, serve to control pests and attract predators, and c is also one of those plants that attract pollinators which will help improve production.
Now we are going to know all the advantages of having a cultivated rue in our garden.
- Anti-aphid plant: a plant that repels aphids and therefore prevents them from attacking neighboring crops, ideal for growing alongside sensitive crops such as broad beans, beans, etc.
- Plant Anti-Cats: Did you know that it is also considered an anti-cat plant? To do this, when it develops, we can cut twigs and place them in areas where cats defecate to keep them away from pots, planters or areas of the garden where at least they always leave me more a small gift.
- Nematicidal action: Its roots are also effective against nematodes, such as calendula and the marigoldit is therefore ideal to associate it with tomatoes and aubergines.
- Repellent plant: Its strong and characteristic odor repels not only aphids or cats, but also rodents, moles, slugs, flies and horseflies.
- Attracts pollinators and predators: its flowers attract pollinators and especially allied hoverflies which are more than interesting for the garden.
- Fermented extract: fermented extract to control aphids, slugs and other pests.
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