Spring is the season of promise... Starting with a profusion of colourful spring bulbs that rid us of the drab, seemingly colourless months of Winter and ending in longer, warmer days that hint at the Summer to come. Spring is the busiest time of the year in the garden... It’s the time to prepare for the Summer months when we’ll really be able to enjoy the colour, the scents, the produce - and get the chance to relax in our gardens and entertain family and friends. But it’s not all about preparing for later in the year, lots of plants are at their very best in Spring, including...
Daffodils, Crocuses, Fritillaria, Tulips, Wallflowers and Wisteria
The humble potato has to be the unsung hero of the vegetable world. One of the easiest vegetables to grow, they are also extremely versatile as well as being very tasty and great sources of vitamin C, minerals, fibre and starch. Plant and care for your potatoes following our planting guide and you’ll give yours the very best chance of yielding a bumper crop which, with careful storage, could last you until it’s time to plant again next year!
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Prepare your soil Potatoes can be grown in practically every type of soil - prepare your ground by digging it over and then rake roughly level.
Prepare your planting trench Mark out your first trench using a line and dig along this to half a spade (6”) depth. Add some fertiliser such as composted manure or pelleted chicken manure. Plant your potatoes As you place your seed potatoes into your trench, make sure that you plant them 9” apart with the rose end (the end with the most ‘eyes’) upwards. Then use your rake to back-fill your trench using the soil you excavated earlier. Repeat this process, spacing your rows 18” apart, until all your seed potatoes are planted.
Prune bushes and shrubs to encourage new growth. Clear debris, old stems and weeds from beds and borders and mulch with compost or bark Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
Edge and feed your lawn. Sow greenhouse vegetable crops. Spray roses against disease and be vigilant for signs of pests. Prune spring-flowering shrubs once flowering is finished.
Top Tips for Potato Care
Feed and top-dress your acid-loving plants such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias with ericaceous plant food and compost. Earth up your potatoes. Plant salad crops successionally to ensure a regular supply.
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. Doug Larson
Hoe any weeds as soon as they emerge. When your potato plants show through the soil, earth them up. Repeat the earthing up process as your potato plants grow so that your potato tubers remain covered in soil. Water liberally in dry weather. For a full guide to choosing varieties of potato, planting seed potatoes, tips to care for your growing crop and some interesting potato facts visit www.bypassnurseries.co.uk/bpn-prime-archive/
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