Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - planting out potatoes

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Kitchen Garden Blog 300315Here at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will be planting our potatoes.  These have been chitting in trays for several weeks and have healthy shoots forming.   The ground has already been prepared by digging in well rotted manure and some home made compost.  A scattering of poultry manure will be added to the soil when the tubers are planted in neat rows.  As we are still experiencing cold weather, we will be covering the crop with fleece to keep the soil warm.

This week we will also be potting our tomato plants in their final pots.  Our tomato success kits and giant pots were cleaned over the winter months and are ready to house their new crops.  Some of our tomato plants will be planted in halos in the greenhouse border where the soil has already been enriched with lashings of compost.

Our brussel sprouts and broccoli plants will be moved from the cold frame and planted in the vintage vegetable cage this week. Last year we added mycorrhizal fungi to the roots of our brassicas when we planted them and certainly noticed a big difference in the health and growth of the plants.  We will definitely be using this again this year.  After planting we will be adding cabbage collars to help protect against cabbage root fly.

This week we will be sowing sweetcorn, basil and parsley.

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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