If you are into growing your own vegetables this year then you could do worse than to follow our new vegetable growing calendar that will show you all the tasks you need to undertake each week and all the sowing dates for your seeds. The calendar can be found by following this link http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/howto/organic/cal/
This weeks calendar details the following
Any gardener with cold frames can, this coming week, begin preparing the soil by forking over and fertilizing ready for early sowings. After doing this put the lights (lids/tops) onto the frames to allow the soil to dry and warm up before sowing. Anyone with a greenhouse which has some heating in it can sow some early crops of Broad Beans now (suggested variety – The Sutton), either into small pots or module trays. Use a multi purpose compost.
Planting garlic cloves
Providing conditions are right not to cold or frozen ground this is the time to plant garlic cloves they will grow and be ready for harvest in mid summer
Applying lime to vegetable garden
This is the time to apply garden lime to the areas of your veg garden you are intending to grow cabbages, cauliflowers and other brassicas. These plants prefer neutral -alkaline soil and adding lime to your soil will help achieve this. To determine the amount of lime you need to apply you will need to carry out a soil test. creating a alkaline soil will also help control club root disease.
Create cloches for early veg sowing
The key to growing early veg at this time of year is to help the soil warm up as quickly as possible. By creating cloches at this time of year a few weeks before the first sowings of vegetable such as carrots the soil is warmed up by the winter sun and so aids the production of early crops. In your newly created cloches its a good idea to add a few old clay bricks to act as a kind or night storage heater. heating up in during the day with the action of the sun and releasing the heat at night as the air cools down so evening out the temperature helping the seedlings.
If you are planing to design or re-design a new garden this year than a great place to start if our online garden design course designed to team you up with one of our design experts to create a garden design for your garden with our help.
Free Garden design course – designed to help you design your own garden
The GardenAdvice advisors have designed this course to help you design your own garden at home. The course has been designed for novice and experienced gardeners. To complete the course you do not need any plant knowledge, landscape knowledge, or drawing skills.
The way the course works:
Using the Internet, digital cameras and the telephone, the course has been designed to enable you to team up with one of the GardenAdvice garden designers to help you through every stage step by step. Once you have signed up you will be appointed a designer on the GardenAdvice team to help and advise you on your garden design. Together, by using the course materials sent to you and over the Internet, you will develop your own design with our help and guidance.
The course materials are designed to take you through every stage from concept to construction and include the following –
- Design sheets
- “How to” instruction guides on CD-ROM
- Finding your new garden concept
- Choosing a style – Setting the scale – Basic design skills, general design
- Design problems – Hard landscaping elements
- Planting designs – Finishing touches
- Soil testing kits
- Contact details for your appointed GardenAdvice designer
The first part of the course takes you through the concept for your new garden and producing site plans.
To sign up follow this link
The GardenAdvice Team have been working hard over the winter to create a new on line course designed to show you how to Become a gardener. The course is free and covers a range of gardening subjects to design to get you started in gardening by quickly providing you knowledge in key skills required to become a gardener. The course is based on a series of free downloadable videos over the Internet. The first part of the course is being launched on our Facebook page 6pm 3rd February