5 jobs to do in the garden this week

Post by Madeleine Cardozo 

The sun is still out , the sky is still blue, there’s not a cloud to spoil the view - and there is still so much to do.

1.Plant potatoes in your patch or in potato bags, for some this is late but I always like to plant mine at the end of March. They should be planted roughly 30cm (12”)apart at about 10cm (4”) deep. I create a mound of earth to cover the tops. A) so I can see where my row is and b) so that they have time to grow a bit so that the last of the frosts dont nip their leaves when they poke out.

2.Sow more seeds either straight into the earth, such as carrots, spinach, nasturtiums, peas, rocket...
Or sow seeds that are more delicate such as courgettes and climbing or dwarf beans, into rootrainers or seed trays and leave them on a sunny windowsill or in the greenhouse. If you are sowing some of the larger seeds inside beware of mice!

3.Some of the seeds that you may have sown over the past couple of months may be large enough to transplant. It is good to transplant them into a bigger pot rather than leave them in seed trays as they get bigger more quickly if you do. 

Keeping seedlings in the seed tray too long can stunt their growth

4. Neaten up your vegetable patch, trim and mow. Make sure the earth is fine and ready for planting, it makes all the difference being tidy, you can produce so much more.

5.Lastly, I have been thinking about saving water and am going to rig up a hand pump, hose and water butt under my bathroom window. I should be able to then use all the bathwater from our house for watering plants etc.

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