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March 2018

By Nick Nutter | 27 Sep 2018

The Spanish reds and white potatoes I planted in mid January are well up now. We should be digging those about the end of April.

The weather has been perfect for working in the garden over the last month. A little rain here and there and warm days. Many of the crops finished so I have been preparing for the next crops by clearing, digging and applying compost. I want to have my rows prepared for the hungry spring sown plants such as tomatoes, peppers, chillis, squash, melon, courgettes and pepinos.

Crops that finished this last month are the Romanescu, red cabbage, swede sown last May, rocket, swiss chard, Iceberg lettuce and peas.

Keep sowing carrots, one row a month, to give you continuity through the summer and autumn. The carrots above are ready for thinning to about 3ins. The baby carrots taken out are wonderful in a salad or just lightly steamed with butter.

The sugar snap peas I planted last month are up and ready for support. I use a plastic mesh net supported on sticks with a thick string ridge between the sticks. The peas are inside the net ‘tent’.

Onions planted last June as small plants and last September are just coming ready. I tend to start pulling them when the bulbs are a good size but before the foliage dies back. The onions taste the same and it extends the season. Picked like this the onion will only keep a few days in the larder though.

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