Tip 1: Preparation
Prepare your soil by digging in good organic matter or spread a mulch of compost over the top in the autumn. This will improve the soil fertility, retain moisture and grow good hearty vegetables.
Tip 2: Keep warm
Seeds will not germinate in cold soil, so avoid the rush to plant out too early.
To assist in warming up the soil and to extend the growing season, place micro fleece and cloches onto the land before sowing seeds or planting out.
Tip 3: Get stuck in
Get the whole family involved by growing simple, quick turn around crops like radish and ‘cut and come again’ lettuce crops.
Tip 4: Tricks of the trade
Force rhubarb crowns by covering early with an upturned bucket and stuffing with straw or shredded paper which can be added to the compost heap at a later date.
Tip 5: Make the most of the space
Maximise the use of the plot by growing trained fruit on walls like red and white currants, even if it is north facing.
Or experiment by growing different types of bean cultivars around a hazel stick wigwam.
Tip 6: Keep the bugs away
To help control pests and diseases try ‘companion planting’ by planting carrots alongside onions and calendulas, which are bright and smelly, to distract and confuse.
Place small partially covered 'beer traps’ out to catch slugs and snails.
Tip 7: Make it bright
Not all vegetables are green - so have fun with colours and shapes and grow yellow and purple carrots, white beetroot, rhubarb chard, Kohl Rabi and Turk’s Turban.
For more inspiration come and see our special family plot in the kitchen garden.