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Tuesday 28 May 2019

The Vegetable Plot - June

‘Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.’ - Elizabeth Berry 

There is no better vegetable than fresh from one’s own garden, with the knowledge of where it came from.

No matter the size of your plot you can grow vegetables virtually anywhere. If you have no actual vegetable plot you can still seed, plant and harvest your veggies in between shrubs and flowers in herbaceous borders or use containers - even a stack of old car tyres filled with compost will make a bed for growing potatoes.

On the subject of potatoes, continue to earth up as they grow and keep the compost of newly planted containers moist but not too wet because it compacts the soil and the tubers can’t swell. If you have found room to grow them there’s a host of veg to harvest this month, from asparagus and aubergine to broad beans, broccoli, cauliflower, chicory and chillies, courgettes and cucumbers, lettuce, marrows, new potatoes, peas, peppers, radish, rocket, runner beans and spring greens.

Somewhere in there is samphire and sorrel as well but it’s not just a list, it shows what can be harvested at home from your own garden with a lot less effort than a trip to the supermarket.

  • Harvest salad crops and re-sow for a constant supply
  • Pinch out side shoots on tomato plants and feed when the first truss fruits
  • Harvest onions and garlic when the leaves turn yellow and die back
  • Plant out winter greens – Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Savoy cabbage, kale
  • Feed and ventilate tomatoes in the greenhouse
  • Feed vegetables in full growth with fertiliser or weak liquid manure
  • Plant out tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, sweet corn after the frosts

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