The new season is almost here!

At long last we are forecast to have a dry few days – a perfect opportunity to play catch-up with general maintenance before the weeds start growing! Some of the jobs to be getting on with (whilst avoiding walking on wet soggy beds):

– mulch beds

– remove grass/weeds

– repair any wind-damaged structures

– clear up rubbish and take to the Churchfields Road recycling centre (we can recycle scrap metal on site)

With the increasing light levels and mild temperatures over wintering veg will start to grow – they’d really benefit from a feed.

Covering beds now with black polythene will help warm the ground up and suppress weed growth.

You can also sow broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broad beans, onion and beetroot in modules in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse ready to plant out in spring, chit first early potatoes and plant jerusalem artichokes.

If you have a heated greenhouse or sunny window sill you can plant tomato, chilli and aubergine seeds.

And if you have rhubarb plants they have probably started to send up buds – now is the perfect time to cover a plant up with a forcing pot or large pot. Excluding all light will produce longer sweeter stems that need less sugar when cooked. Find out more here:



The challenge of weeds

With all this rain Рand now warm weather Рthe weeds have been growing like crazy. I seem to spend all of my time hoeing and hand weeding. So imagine my delight when I saw how effective it was using a rotovator to clear  very weedy bed.

When the photograph above was taken Paul had been working for about 5 minutes. He managed to clear the bed in under 10 minutes, but then went over it to make sure everything was chopped up. Three days later and there are no signs of weeds – in fact it looks like the perfect tool for clearing large areas relatively quickly.

I might give it a go someday soon!

Bye for now