The rain seems to be in full flow this month and keeping dry outside is seeming to be a bit of an uphill struggle. However, spring will soon be on its way and now is a great time to start sowing some tasty spring and summer vegetables. With that in mind we decided to take a look at what you can do around the garden at this time of year.
If the ground isn’t too wet and muddy you can tidy around your allotment or vegetable patch, clearing any weeds. You could also mulch around fruit bushes and strawberries. If you’re lucky enough to have a big compost pile it will hopefully offer a great foundation for these plants – alternatively source some high quality manure.
You can now prune red currant, black currant and raspberry bushes without fear of damaging them. If you have Rhubarb planted you can force it to come on earlier by placing a pot or container over the top of it.
With little to do in the garden at this time of the year now is a good time to clean out and sterilise your greenhouse. We recommend sterilising your greenhouse to remove any pests that might still be lurking from the previous year. You can use sulphur candles to fumigate the greenhouse and then give the greenhouse a washing down with a sterilising agent like Jeyes fluid. This will help prevent diseases and pests; which find it easier to survive the winter in the warm nooks and crannies a greenhouse offers.
You can now start to sow Tomatoes, Peppers, Broad Beans and Brassicas such as Cabbage, Cauliflowers, Broccoli etc.
Tomatoes need to be brought on inside or at least very well sheltered as we are still likely to see frosts. Typically, they want to be sown 6-8 weeks before the last frost so a judgement call will need to be made here.
Broad beans can be sown in pots now for planting in early spring – or as soon as the frosts start to abate. A little compost and soft soil will get a healthy growth spurt and make it easy for you to transplant next month.
Onions, Shallots and Garlic
Onions, shallots and garlic can all be sown indoors from now. You’ll want to harden these plants before they make it outside as many varieties prefer temperatures above 5 degrees at night. To give them a great start take them outside on any warm day…. just remember to bring them in at night!
We stock a large range of vegetable seeds as well as everything you need to successful grow them, including; grow houses, seed trays, compost, pots and labels etc. Why not pop in today and we can help you pick out some great varieties of fruit and veg for your garden!