If you haven’t found time to read our post on preparing a new vegetable patch you can read it HERE. It’s not too late to start!
Growing Vegetables part 2
By now the big chunks of soil you left in February have started to break down. Using the back of a garden fork, bash the chunks of soil. You want to achieve a fairly flat area by using a soil rake.Rake the soil back and forth giving a finer tilth. This gets you ready for Sowing your vegetables.
The carrot seed is very small. The seeds only need to be sown in a shallow drill (half an inch deep) as your soil might not quite be fine enough for sowing this year. It helps to sprinkle some potting compost in the drill then gently sprinkle the seed along the row. Using your finger, gently cover the seed with compost and water with a watering can. The seed can take 3 weeks to germinate once the temperature gets above 7⁰c. Watch carefully to ensure that you do not allow the drill to dry out.
For small garden owners, you can easily sow carrots in a pot filled with compost, but remember to water them as the compost will dry out easily.
See our post on Wine Box Veggies
Thinning Your Carrots
“Thinning” your carrots is quite important as it allows the root to swell, giving you a tasty harvest. It is difficult to space seeds out when sowing which can result in your trench ending up with a clump of seedlings. Simply pull a few seedlings out and discard, leaving well spaced seedlings to grow on.
Chitting the Seed Potatoes
“Chitting” is the process of laying the potatoes out so they can sprout before they go in the ground, giving them a head start.
Lay the potatoes on a tray or even in empty egg boxes. Ensure that you leave them in a warm, light area.
When the potatoes start sending out little purple knobbly shoots, dig a trench in your vegetable garden about six inches deep. Lay the potatoes, with the shoots pointing upwards, in the trench about 12 inches apart. Cover them with the soil that you dug out of the trench.
You can easily grow potatoes in a container or a large pot. Put six inches of compost in the bottom of the pot, lay the potatoes in the bottom – roughly five spaced out and then cover with six inches of compost followed by water.
As the potatoes shoot up through the compost you will need to cover the shoots a second time with compost. This not only protects them from frost but more potatoes will be produced as the plant reaches the top of the pot. Don’t forget to water.
See our latest post on Growing potatoes in bags for more info.
Planting Your Onion Sets
Plant the onion sets in a row or container about 6 inches apart pushing them into the soil so you can still see the tips.
As the green shoots appear the birds can descend, so keep an eye out and cover with a net if necessary.
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