Mudketeers diary – 6th May 2020

Young lettuce planted out In April I sowed some lettuce in cell trays filled with multi-purpose compost. It is a good way to start lettuce off; getting them to a decent size before planting out. You avoid a lot of issues such as pests and poor weather that can affect direct sown lettuce. Once they are a couple of inches…

How to sow

Some vegetables are sown direct and then thinned out as they grow and are harvested where they were originally sown. However there is another technique; this uses a nursery bed to sow seeds in to and these are moved to their final positions when they are small plants. Traditionally crops such as brassicas (cabbages, kale, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts etc.) and…

Hanging veg gardens

It is possible to grow an increasing range of tasty vegetables and herbs in hanging baskets, here are some top tips to get you started. Edible crops for baskets Tomatoes –the trailing bush types. Dwarf French beans. Lettuce. Salad leaves such as rocket, mizuna and corn salad. Nasturtiums for colour but are edible too. Herbs including parsley, chives, basil, mint,…

Growing in containers

So, what’s a container? This depends on what crops you are growing, for example lettuce and salad leaves can be grown in quite shallow containers. A small trough 17cm (7in) deep and 30cm (12in) long would suffice for a few mixed cut and come again salad leaves. Ideally, aim for atrough about 20cm (8in) wide, 60cm (2ft) long and at…