Thursday, May 2, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 2nd May 2013

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury

Do we really think that we have spring at last? Despite the still cold wind and falling night time temperatures we are seeing lots of wonderful blossoms on the trees and spring flowers are in full swing.

If, like me, you have a tiny garden and very limited space to grow your vegetables you will have been waiting impatiently for the weather to warm up enough so that you can sow your seeds directly outside. Hopefully, we may now have reached that point although the wind still feels cold.

Time, then, now to sow your broad beans, if you did not grow them over winter, runner and french beans. They will soon catch up once in the ground. First early potatoes are planted and growing but main crop, which can be grown in containers, need to go in now. There are lots of others, of course, depending on space and preference. Swiss chard is a great one for wonderful colour as well as hardiness and there are so many lettuce varieties and colours it is difficult to chose. Root crops such as carrots and parsnips are always fun to grow although parsnips can be hard to germinate.

Don't forget, also, to plant some insect-attracting flowers along with your vegetables. Our bees and other insects need all the help they can get and we need them to come along and pollinate our plants. Lots of flowers will also act to keep nasty pests away from our crops.

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