The Sowing Season in full swing

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Kitchen Garden 190216This week in Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden, the sowing season is in full swing and we will be squeezing trays of seeds into every corner of the greenhouse.

The staging was cleaned and laid with new capillary matting over the winter months.  Greedily, we have two heated propagators installed as we are growing our own summer bedding this year as well as the vegetable crops.   Earlier crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, chillies, celeriac, aubergines, peas and celery are growing well in modules.  This week they will be joined by chard, spinach, rocket, basil and tarragon, along with further sowings of different varieties of tomatoes. 

Outside, we will be sowing early carrots and beetroot into raised beds and covering them with a cloche to protect them from the winter conditions.

We will also be testing the PH of our soil this week.   This will indicate whether we need to apply lime to the beds where our brassicas will be growing.  Brassicas like a neutral to alkaline soil to grow to their best and our addition of manure to the soil over the winter may well have increased the acidity.  An application of lime now will help reduce the acidity ready for planting.  It will also help protect against the dreaded clubroot.

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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