Weekly Garden Diary: Spring Week 6

VEGETABLES

This week in the garden is a great time to get in your pumpkins/zucchini/squash.

If you are still at risk of a frost, I suggest you leave them until any risk of frost has passed, as it will kill them. Plant your plants in a warm sunny spot in the garden with lots and lots of compost/manure as they are massive feeders. Watering is only needed in the early stages while the plant is small and only if the ground is quite dry.

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Lettuce, radishes, runner beans, peas, parsnips, and carrots can all be sown now. Leeks, savoy cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli can still all be sown too.

If you are running short on seed potatoes, did you know you can cut them in half and they will still grow!

You can sow herbs now too – try borage (great in your strawberry patch!), caraway, coriander, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, and thyme.

If you have an asparagus bed, the spears are starting to come up. keep soil mounded up as they grow and harvest them regularly to encourage fresh growth.

If you want to try your hand at pickling your own onions now is a good time to sow them. Firming the ground will ensure proper bulbs are formed.

Check over your plants and if you see pupae of whitefly or other bugs, hose them off and spray the plant with some neem oil and garlic spray.

FRUIT

Tomatoes can be planted into unheated glass/greenhouses this week. New soil each year is recommended for tomatoes, as the soil can harbor disease from last year. Once it has been used, you can add it to the vegetable garden.

Spring Week 5

Spring week 7

Crop Rotation

Companion Planting

Seed Planting Timetable

For further reading, I really recommend all of these books. I own every one of them and they are amazing resources!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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