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Monday 7 January 2013

The Vegetable Plot – January

It’s a good time to tidy up the vegetable plot and remove refuse to the compost heap or burn any contaminated material. 

Asparagus beds will benefit from some well-rotted farmyard manure or stable manure if you have it. 

If you have a warm greenhouse you can sow small salad crops in mid January and plant well sprouted potatoes in frames and pots under glass.

  • Sow broad beans and peas in succession in a warm, sheltered position towards the end of the month
  • Try making a hot bed with manure or grow cauliflowers, radishes and other early crops in a warm, south-facing position.
  • Use cloches for protection  
  • Start lettuces every two weeks in succession
  • Sow indoors or in a heated greenhouse or frame at about 13°C (55°F) lettuce, early cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, cress.
  • Plant rhubarb in well manure, deeply dug soil 
  • Sow French beans under glass for forcing, in a greenhouse in a heated propagator

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