At least the bad weather means that I can continue to curl up with next year’s seed catalogues without feeling I should be outside getting on with some of the tasks that await. I’ve been leafing through The New Organic Gardening Catalogue for 2011 (Which Gardening’s ‘Best Buy Seed Supplier’) and like their new colour-coded seed packets for vegetables, flowers, herbs and green manures which makes them easier to sort and store. There are also clearer and more detailed sowing instructions.
Tag Archives: Green Manure
- Dig in green manures during good weather in preparation for planting out in a few weeks time
- If you need to move evergreen plants such as camellias or box, now is a good time to do it
- Start sowing tender plants in a heated propagator
- Plant onion sets
- Tidy mint plants and dress with compost to encourage strong new shoots
In the greenhouse: I’ve sown Hungarian razing rye green manure in the border where the tomatoes grew in their growbags – that should improve the fertility and texture of the soil so that I can sow early salads. The benches are filling up with pots of seedlings including broad beans, sweet peas, winter salads and hardy annuals.
If there are bare patches in the vegetable garden, sow green manures to keep the soil covered.
Watch out for blight on potatoes and tomatoes – if it strikes, cut the tops off the plants and burn them. Leave potatoes undisturbed for 3 weeks and then harvest them to avoid blight infecting the tubers.
Keep cutting annual flowers like sweet peas and cornflowers – once they have set seed they consider their job done.