Friday, 28 February 2014

Timely tips Ninth week: Feb/March

  • No chance for me to lay-out a new strawberry bed, because of the on going river thames in flood. The water is going down through, hopefully another week will see the end of it. However, today it is raining! 
  • This is a good time for making a new plantation of border carnations. It is best to choose a sunny site and be very careful to avoid over-manuring it. The plants may be allowed tow feet between the rows and 15 inches from plant to plant in the row itself. It is also very important to make the soil firm about the roots of these young specimens.
  • There is nothing like a fresh strawberry grown, from your own plot, for tea partially here in England. When making a new bed of strawberries, and now is the time for doing it, remember that they will be in the same grown for three to five years. It is very important to make sure that there is enough ‘muck’ in the ground for them. If you have a lot of ground; you can go for early and late varieties to spread the harvest.
  • Do not be in too much of a rush to sow seeds in the ground. In the main, most seeds will not start ‘working’ till the soil is about 50degrees f. This is where it pays to have a cold frame or small glasshouse so that you can move things along in pots and be ready to put plants out when the weather is more clement.

  • Buy your cold frame from Amazon here

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