Vegetable growing information
(Click here for a guide, to where
and when to sow, and when to harvest your vegetables)
Sowing seeds of French beans and runner (stick) beans can be made
about the middle of May. If you have rich soil in a sheltered garden
you can push the seed directly into the soil where they are to grow.
You will, however, get quicker and more reliable germination if
you sow the seeds into individual pots of good quality compost such
as Levington Multi Purpose Compost or Miracle-Gro Organic Choice
All Purpose Peat Free Compost. Water the compost thoroughly and
store in a sheltered position protected from cold night temperatures.
Prepare the soil where you are to grow these beans by digging in
plenty of well-rotted garden compost, Levington Organic Blend Farmyard
Manure or other organic matter and enrich the soil with Miracle-Gro
Organic Choice Fruit & Vegetables Plant Food.
Plant out the seedling plants into this super improved soil at
the end of May and keep the plant roots moist. Runner beans are
climbers and will need tall canes to clamber up. In just a few
weeks you will be picking tasty green beans for the kitchen.
It's gro time
Home grown vegetables can easily be grown in garden beds, amongst
flowers, or even in pots or other containers placed on a balcony
or other outside space.
Short rows of beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radish, peas and turnips
will give you plenty of tasty, Summer vegetables. Swede and leeks
sown at the end of May will be ready for Winter harvest from November
Keep the soil between rows of vegetables clear of weeds to reduce
competition. Many people find that Weedol Gun! or Weedol Gun!
MAX does a quick and effective job without hours of backbreaking
hand weeding. Earth up potatoes as the foliage pops through the
soil surface to protect it from potential frost damage.
Home-grown vegetables picked when young and small will always taste better than old and tough. So pick green beans and peas regularly, pull carrots, beetroot and radishes while they are small and cut cabbages and broccoli while tender.
Onions & Shallots
the soil starts to warm up it's time to start growing Summer vegetables
in earnest. Root crops such as carrots, parsnips, radish and turnips
need to be grown from seed, as they hate any root disturbance. On
the other hand lettuce, broad beans and all the brassica family,
including cabbages, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts can more easily
be grown from young seedlings bought from us.
Vegetables grow best in a rich, well drained soil so digging in
Miracle-Gro Eco Sense Soil Improver or Levington Organic Blend Soil
Conditioner will pay dividends in a bigger, better crop.
If you do nothing else, increase the nutrient reserve in your
soil by sprinkling with Growmore. A more organic alternative would
be Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Fruit & Vegetable Plant Food.
It's rich in balanced nutrients all derived from naturally occurring
sources, so it's 100% chemical free. Just what your veggies are
after to grow big and strong!
Onion Sets: Sowing vegetable seeds is a great start to the year but even easier in the case of onions and shallots is to buy them as 'sets' - small young onions already grown for you. They should be given as long a growing period as possible. Sow them thinly in a tray of Levington Seed & Cutting Compost that has been watered and allowed to drain thoroughly. Cover with fleece (polythene will do but isn't s good as moisture gathers under it) and leave in a warm light position to encourage germination. When the seedlings are 6cm (2inches) tall they need to be transplanted so each plant has room to develop. Onion sets can be straight planted outside later in the year.
know your Winter Onions?
Everyone knows about Onions but did you know you know about Winter Onion sets?
Formerly known as "Japanese Onions" they can be planted in the Autumn for lifting in the Spring.
They can be very successfull - well worth a try!
Cabbages etc: For an early summer crop, some seeds such as cabbages, can be sown indoors on a windowsill and moved outside when the risk of frost has passed. Seedlings will germinate in a few days and then can be picked out into trays of all purpose compost. These seedlings will be ready to plant outside in May... and you’ll be harvesting them at the start of summer.
I hope you find these information sheets helpful as
a basic guide.
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