After Carnival, time for cleaning the garden, garden, and body as well.

The party’s over. At least officially in most Brazilian cities. For those who need to resort to garden herbs to relieve the liver from the abuses of Carnival, the ideal is to use the boldo to make flavored water. The plant, prevalent and easily found in the country, is known by many and loved by children for having a velvety and fragrant leaf.

If you don’t have it in the garden or garden of your apartment, a tip, the boldo reproduces quickly by staking (through a branch) and grows from north to south of the country without problems, attracting countless bees to the garden. It has blue flowers, and the plant can reach up to two meters in height.

I suggest making the flavored water of boldo because the tea made with it is very bitter, almost unpalatable. The flavored water is light, refreshing, and invigorating for the liver. Just put a previously cleaned leaf in a glass of water, macerate for a few hours and then drink.

Another great plant to help heal the hangover is chamomile. The tea made with it helps in slow digestion.

With the body treated, now let’s go to the garden!

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, summer rains are generally abundant. The warm climate favors the growth of all tropical plants, but the excess water can support the appearance of fungi and other pests, as well as the rotting of leaves and roots by excess water. Therefore, this is the best time to clean the garden, giving it a more definite shape.

So this is the time to get your hands on the garden, just like the name of this blog of mine.  Embrace the soil compacted by heavy rains and improve soil drainage. Can the thieving branches – so we call vigorous offices of rapid growth, which appear in the central trunks, diverting their sap, very common to occur in mulberry, peach, cherry, and citrus trees.

It is also an excellent time to tie prostrate plants (vines) to pergolas or trellises, giving orientation to the branches. This can be done with passion fruit, roses, vines, Alamanda, tears of Christ, thunbergia, and stony.

Another recommendation is to clean and fertilize around the fruit trees, preventing the installation of invaders with the arrival of drier months. Cover the soil with rocks or a sieve to keep the soil moist and protect it from unwanted seeds.

After so much water, some nutrients will help promote autumn and winter with more robust plants. My suggestion is to use organic fertilizers such as manure or earthworm humus.

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