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    Default that time of year again - get digging

    OK folks, the growing season is kicking off - chit potatoes etc.
    Get down to the garden center and buy onion and spring cabbage sets, better chance of success than seeds for these.
    If anyone needs advice, get in touch

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    Default Re: that time of year again - get digging

    Growing veg is tremendously rewarding, and you don't need that much space.

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    If you are opening up virgin ground, check out http://www.supernemos.com/ - Irish company, and it solves a lot of problems from pests

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    Yes I need advice

    I've got a lot of grass, chickens, flower beds and no veg. Loads of fruit. I would just like to grow some green stuff to eat that the hens and caterpillars won't eat. Have never succeeded in growing veg.. only herbs and fruit.
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    Try spuds for starters, a few ridges or drills, 1 early crop (Sarpo Axona) and 2 mains (Sarpo Mira)
    Throw a few cabbage sets onto the end of the ridge - the chickens will help with bugs, slugs and caterpillars.

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    Default Re: that time of year again - get digging

    Any possibility of growing spinach?
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    Default Re: that time of year again - get digging

    One of the easiest to grow.
    Turn ground, rake - leave dry a few days.
    Get seed.
    Rake in seed.
    Water bed.
    Crop as it comes.

    Very useful as a 'catch' crop - e.g. plant on top of a potato bed while you wait for the spuds to come up - and plant on ground already harvested.

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    Just got the first bed and two potato ridges laid out.
    Plenty seaweed and well rotted droppings from the bold Delaney
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    Default Re: that time of year again - get digging

    Great day for some digging.

    I think I'll try some cabbage, spinach and lettuce this year. And more tomatoes. And more herbs.

    I'd prefer to get seedlings than plant from seed, much more likely to end up with something to eat.
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    This is a February list - still catching up.

    To Do

    Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it’s too early for digging! Keep off the soil to prevent soil compaction - use timber planks to stand on for access. If you have not already done so order/buy your seeds, spuds and onion sets. “Chit” or sprout seed potatoes – put them in a container (e.g. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright warm place. Check the pH of your soil – you can buy a soil pH testing kit in any garden centre. Lime your soil now if required (to reduce acidity in very acid soils), particularly important in your brassica bed.

    Sow

    Finally, we can sow some seeds. On a sunny windowsill indoors, in a heated greenhouse or on a heating mat: sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/chilli-peppers. In polytunnel or greenhouse: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, leeks, lettuce, radish. Outside: Weather permitting you can try planting out broadbeans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Default Re: that time of year again - get digging

    cabbage sets are definitely the way to go

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