|Posted on 17 March, 2016 at 4:55|
I'm guessing its still fresh in your mind right now the cost you paid last spring for vegetables from your local supermarket!
I know! Spring is a while away now. But many people will be paying high prices for a whole range of vegetables come next spring.
With a little planning right now, and some judicious planting, you can be walking smugly past these expensive vegetables in the shops, because you have a well-stocked garden of your own.
Let me put it to you this way, here is a list of vegetables which can be planted at the end of March, to be ready for eating from August onwards.
Broad Beans: Plant them at the end of March and they will be up and moving within a fortnight. They will continue to grow slowly until the really cold weather, then they remain without moving for a month. About August they take off again to start bearing from the end of September. This winter chilling is important because it toughens the foliage, making it unattractive to insect pests.
Cabbage: Nurseries will have seedlings available this time of year of good varieties. Plants are more reliable than seeds this late in the season. Cabbage's like a well-limed soil, preferably from a previous crop of lime-lovers, such as onions. They need plenty of well- decayed manure working into the soil, but never at the same time as the lime. Good varieties for planting now are: Superette, Oxheart and Diadem.
Lettuce: Seeds of Imperial D, Winterlake and the small, sweet Mignonette varieties can be sown now. The best soil to have for these typesis a little on the sandy side, because the drainage is so good. Also the soil will not become dead-cold during winter. Lettuce love plenty of water but it must be moving through the soil for best results.
So there you have it, a few vegetables which will be ready for next spring! Later I'll tell you how to get the best results from planting long-keeping onions, as well as high yields from peas, so prepare now by liming those parts of the vegetable garden where they are to be grown.