1. Plant spring cabbage, broad beans, garlic & onions. And why not try sowing some winter greens if you have a sheltered spot or poly to use. Check out last year’s winter greens trial.
2. Plant bulbs & spring bedding (wallflowers, forget-me-nots)
3. Divide rhubarb crowns (see community noticeboard for some crowns going spare)
4. Clear beds & mulch with compost; put old vegetation into emptied compost bins
5. Trim hedges; cut down tired vegetation; protect ponds from falling leaves with netting
Saturday 15th September, 2pm-4pm at the Phoenix Community Centre
We have been pleased with the good attendance and enthusiasm at the Urban Organic Gardening Course this year.
Our seed saving session this autumn will cover the basics of simple flower & vegetable seed collection, care & storage (including tomatoes).
Free to paid up BHOGG members and local Phoenix area residents, £3 donation for non-members.
1. Plant out seedlings such as beans, courgettes, sweet-corn.
2. Sow successional salads, dwarf beans, peas.
3. Feed with seaweed meal and organic potassium, homemade comfrey and nettle liquid or organic tomato feed.
4. Water well once a week in dry spells (little and often causes shallow roots).
5. Harvest first early potatoes, broad beans, salad crops.
Want to know more about planting out and successional planting? Ruth will be running her Urban Gardening Courses: Planting Out and Successional Growing. Saturday 2nd June for Planting Out & Saturday 16th June for Successional Growing. Both 2-4pm at Phoenix Community Centre.
Free for BHOGG members and local Phoenix area residents, £3 donation for non-members.
Traditionally, potatoes were planted on Good Friday. This, of course, is not a set date, but moves around the calendar by up to a month. I suspect it may have had more to do with Good Friday being a long standing common law holiday than it did with weather conditions, but links to the moon and gardening have always been exploited, so perhaps Good Friday signals an auspicious lunar time slot.
Whatever the reason, I find it a useful reminder of when to plant and I try to sow my potatoes around that date (and try to coincide with a mild spell followed by rain – potatoes are frost-sensitive). I have sown both my early and main crop potatoes, but if you haven’t done so yet and if you’re new to growing, click on the video below.
Article and video by Jenni – BHOGG Chairperson