Vegetable to Sow Outside this Week
This week is the time to
onion sets or seeds,
peas and parsnips.
If you didn't sow broad
garlic in autumn then now is your second chance. With onion sets and
garlic cloves it's important to dig over the the top soil first. Don't
force the sets / cloves into the soil, dig a little hole and cover them
with soil gently firmed down. If you force the sets / cloves into the
soil their roots will force them up later in the year rather than
growing into the soil. See also the paragraph below for feeding the
Long Lasting Plant Feeds at Sowing / Planting Time
When sowing all seeds (sets and cloves as well) it's a good idea to
add some Blood, Fish and Bone fertiliser (ask at any garden centre) to
the planting area before sowing. Spread a couple of handfuls to every
square metre (yard). Dig it into the surface of the soil with a trowel.
Do this immediately before planting or sowing. The feed can be topped up
with a general purpose nitrogen feed (e.g. Growmore) later in the year
for those plants which need it.
Feeding Established Plants
Now is also a good time to give a long lasting feed to established
plants and trees. For fruit trees, Scatter three or four handfuls of
Blood, Fish and Bone in a metre (3 foot) circle around the base of the
tree. Gently trowel it into the soil,
Top fruit such as raspberries, currants, blackberries and
gooseberries will also really appreciate a sprinkling of Blood, Fish and
Bone around them and gently dug in.
Mowing the Lawn
Around this time of the year the lawn starts to spring into life. We
took advantage of a dry day this week and made the first lawn cut of the
year. We set the height one notch higher on the lawnmower for this first
cut. We'll do the same for the next cut in a few weeks time then we'll
lower it back down one notch.
For more detailed information and timings go to our individual
fruit pages. If you want to see a
condensed vegetable advice page with planting, sowing, care and
harvesting information for the entire year on one page then go to our