Winter

By the problems experienced in obtaining supplies of vegetable seedlings, it is clear that there is a huge interest ingrowing vegetables generated by the Corona virus outbreak and the resulting confinement to homes, At this time of year planting cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale etc will contribute considerably during the winter months.

 Onions, Spring Onions, Leeks, Shallots and Garlic can all be planted during May to mature later in the year and Broad beans are best sown in May as well. Leave sowing peas until late June. Remember to save the prunings from peach and nectarine trees for them to climb on.

 Prepare the soil by digging in well rotted compost or manure. Purchase of a trailer load of vege mix from a nursery supplies place can be really worthwhile as it contains mushroom compost. Forking in some Seamungus can also be valuable. Add a good dressing of garden lime. Once the seedlings have started to grow start using the liquid fertiliser 'Harvest'. This contains both nutrients and root stimulants and can be watered over the foliage. (Note: The dilution rate is one capful in a 9 litre watering can. Don't splill it on yourself as you will smell of fish all day!!)

 A green manure mix can be sown in beds not used during the winter, for digging in later on. Remove all dead material such as old weeds and plants as these will harbour slugs, snails and other pests. With the ground bare frost can get at them and improve soil structure if you dig it over.

Snow peas and Peas ready for harvest