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Monday 2 March 2020

The Vegetable Plot - March

The old sow and sow

Maincrop onions sown in drills with plenty of farmyard manure. A main sowing of celery for a ready supply from October onwards. Broad beans, brassicas, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts and broccoli and midsummer cabbages.

Doesn’t that sound tasty and all can be sown now together with cucumbers and summer spinach, the latter in a sheltered border with a southern aspect? Here’s a tip if you have a wood-burning stove and you’re sowing onions.

Mixing the ash with the soil you put on top of the onions lightens it and makes the bulbs swell. Handy, these old gardeners aren’t they? Carrots and leeks? Sow in mid-March. French beans sown under glass as you do for celeriac, aubergines and capsicums. It’s all about sowing, sowing and planting.

  • Sow lettuce and beetroot
  • Plant out cauliflowers from September sowings
  • Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
  • Plant strawberries 
  • Feed fruit trees, canes and bushes with sulphate of potash

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