Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 12

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 12

VEGETABLES Parsnips need a longer growing season than most root crops. You can start sowing successions from now until mid spring for a continuous crop. Always use fresh parsnip seeds as they lose viability quickly. They also take a long time to sprout, so cover your...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 11

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 11

VEGETABLES Don’t be misled by the lovely weather that may occur at this time of year. Sowing seeds into open ground while the soil is still cold and wet will only result in losing most of the seeds and seedlings. Peas, leeks, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower,...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 10

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 10

VEGETABLES   Early potatoes can go in this week if the soil can be worked easily. If it is still clinging to your boots, wait another week or two. Potatoes are subtropical plants and prone to frost damage. Protect them with thick layers of pea straw or upended flower...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 9

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 9

VEGETABLES Most of your seed sowing will happen next month, but you can get a head start with a few things this week in glasshouses, plastic houses or indoors. Young seedling need well thinned, as overcrowding will cause them to die off. Too much moisture without the...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 8

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 8

VEGETABLES In the greenhouse or under some glass, you can sow a few seeds of early cabbages, cauliflowers and brussels sprouts. Brown onions can be sown into trays inside to be planted out later. Jerusalem artichokes and asparagus can be planted out now. Inside your...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 7

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 7

VEGETABLES Gardening at this time of year is limited severely by the weather. It is however, a good time to look through seed catalogues and order your seeds. Inside your house you may like to start your tomatoes in trays, this will allow you to have a very large...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 6

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 6

VEGETABLES From now on in, every time there is is a mild day, the urge to sow seeds will arise. However, unless you have the most fantastic site, you are a long way off being able to do this. You can, if you please, sow some broad / fava beans, early peas and turnips....
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 5

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 5

VEGETABLES This is the perfect time of year to plan out your garden for the coming season. Crop rotation may sound complex when you first read about it. But it is crucial to prevent certain diseases like club-root taking hold in your garden, and it ensures the soil...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 4

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 4

VEGETABLES Jerusalem artichokes, shallots and garlic are some of the few that can sown right now. Break up and transplant rhubarb crowns if the plot has not had this done for several years. Keep onion seedlings weed free by lightly hoeing around the rows. For further...
Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 3

Weekly Garden Diary: Winter Week 3

VEGETABLES Hopefully you will get a break in the weather this week, as this is the perfect time of year to manure the garden to give it time to break down before Spring. When you add compost or manure, you should also add lime to the soil to keep it sweet. Potato beds...

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