It’s nearly that time of year at last! There are so many jobs to do in Spring in the Veg Garden, it’s difficult to know where to start, but all it takes is a little planning to help you get organised and then just get stuck in!
- PLANNING MAKES PERFECT: If you can get started early, it’s a great job to do when the weather is bad and you’re itching to get started in the garden. Order your seeds and make a list of everything you want to grow and a plan. Map out where you intend to plant everything and decide if anything needs to be moved. Also list out your jobs in a practical order of priority, this will help break it down into manageable tasks, and ensure that you don’t waste any time.
- CLEANING AND CLEARING is the best way to start the ball rolling. Clean out your pots and clear up the shed. Tidy up any old dead growth from last season and weed and fork over your veg beds and borders. Wash out seed trays and get everything ready for sowing your seeds. Now’s the time to mend fences and build any new vegetable beds.
- PRUNING AND PLANTING: Cut back any old raspberry canes to the ground and tidy and divide strawberry plants. Prune any fruit bearing trees by mid march or before they start growing any leaves. Warm up your veg bed prior to planting by pegging down black plastic or newspaper and cardboard ready for planting rows of onion and garlic sets. Sow your first batch of early peas, leeks, salad leaves and broad beans. Chit your seed potatoes in old egg boxes on a bright window sill.
- DIGGING AND MULCHING: Turn over your compost heap, and mulch your veg beds with a generous layer of organic matter to give them a boost and help to warm them up. If you don’t keep chickens or live near a farm, order some sacks of mushroom compost or well rotted manure to mix in with the mulch to make sure all your veg beds are ready for the new season.
- PREPARING AHEAD: If you’re planning to plant runner beans this year, you can get started now. Prepare a trench around a foot deep in a sunny sheltered spot. Layer any kitchen vegetable peelings and crushed eggshells or coffee grounds directly into the soil, and once you have completed the row, cover over again with earth. By the time you plant the young bean plants out, the kitchen waste will have broken down and provide a rich soil and source of nutrients for your bean crop!