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Monday 2 March 2015

The Vegetable Plot – March

Weed and feed

If you sowed cauliflowers back in September last year they should be ready for planting out now. With the work you did in January and February your vegetable beds should be ready for planting but don’t worry if they’re not, there’s time to dig them over – they probably need weeds clearing now anyway and you can dig in a good layer of compost or well rotted manure.

A covering of black plastic will help suppress weeds and keep soil warming. Early potatoes you have been chitting can be planted out as can onion, garlic and shallot sets. Mid month you can sow carrots and leeks and sow French beans under glass with successional sowings. Asparagus can be grown from crowns. Result: weed free beds and food for the table.

  • Make a first small sowing of summer spinach
  • Sow maincrop onions in drills
  • Sow celery for a crop from October onwards
  • Sow in boxes in a heated frame: summer broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, broad beans
  • Sow celeriac, aubergines and capsicums under glass
  • Sow carrots, radishes and lettuce in greenhouse borders or under cloches

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