Garden Notes 7th March 2018

This week in the garden


We are recovering from the really cold weather of last week and will be checking around the garden for frosted plants. The cardoons in the front borders are looking rather sorry for themselves. We will need to remove some frost damaged plant leaves and give things a bit of a tidy up.

Our seed potatoes have arrived. The term ‘seed potato’ is slightly misleading as they are not seeds from potatoes, though potatoes do produce seeds. However the usual way of growing potatoes and far quicker than from seed is from their tubers, the common potatoes we buy and eat every day.  Our seed potatoes need to be put in a frost free, squirrel free, cool dry environment and left to start to sprout, a process called ‘chitting.’ If you have any cardboard egg boxes you could bring for us to place the potatoes in this would be very helpful.

If you would like to read more about true potatoes seeds follow this link, and look to see if you can seed the small tomato like fruits on our potatoes later in the summer!

The new dead hedge at the front edge of the woodland is coming on well and only needs a few more layers to be complete. We will be finishing this job this week.

The willow spiral needs a little more work and will soon be ready for us to fill with soil and plant with herbs.

There will be more seed sowing in the greenhouse so if you like sowing seeds, please give us a hand. Also as our seedlings start to grow we need to water them. Under the shelter of the greenhouse the growing season is really beginning…..exciting!

There is still a little more weeding to do on the fern bank to keep our ferns healthy and free of more competitive plants, the winter Butterbur or Petasites albus being the main culprit on this occasion! Butterbur spreads by underground runners or rhizomes and is ‘dioecious’ with the male and female flowers occurring on separate plants.

This week we will be starting to put leaky hose irrigation systems in our vegetable beds. This is a very efficient way of watering plants as the water is delivered directly to the root zone where the plants need it and not sprinkled around on paths or lost to evaporation.

This Sunday in the Creative Garden workshop 11am-12.30pm we will be looking at leaves and photosynthesises. Do come and join for some more plant science.

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