Monday, 3 February 2014

Timely Garden tips: Week Sixth.

  • This is a picture of my own plot today the 3rd of February 2014. The plot is on the banks of the river Thames which is in flood for the second year running. You will notice that I have a small poly tunnel. This at the moment is in flood, and unused. Big mistake. So in the coming summer I am going to put benches in there that can be remove in the summer. The  idea is to grow in containers on the bench and more importantly; out of the water. 
  • Now that we are into February, the seed sowing season is rapidly approaching, and it is necessary to select and prepare sites for your onions, parsnips, peas and broad beans. That is if you have not already done so.
  • In this week the prunings from bush fruits, such as currants and gooseberries may be used as cutting, provided that you use well ripened healthy young growths about one foot in length. In the case of black currants make sure that you leave all the basal buds, but remove them from red and white currants and gooseberries.
  • This is also a good time to give your strawberry plantations a weeding and try and fork over the soil in between the plants. A top dressing of manure or compost would also help provide a good summer crop. If it is intended to make a new bed, now is the time to select the site and to prepare it for the young plants. 
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