There's loads of exciting stuff to do in April as the season really begins to gather momentum. I'm going to give you some recommendations on seed varieties as the right choice is so important, especially for the beginner. I'll give you 3 of my favourites and the reasons we we sow them. Remember we're always available for advice on your seed choices and pride ourselves on the quality of our handpicked varieties. We're going to start with some jobs you need to keep on top of and hopefully give you some practical solutions. Protect potato shoots from frost. You still have time to get your second early and maincrop spuds in but if you've planted already you need to protect the new shoots from frost. Potatoes are frost tender and while frost damage on new shoots won't kill the plant it will certainly set it back and may effect the yield. Read potato article here. Earth up new shoots by dragging the surrounding soil over the emerging tips. You can also mulch the plants or cover with horticultural fleece. You should only need to do this over the next few weeks as frost is unlikely to be a problem when we move into May. Hoeing Hoeing is a big deal for the organic gardener and once you get into the habit of it probably one of the most rewarding. What's so great about hoeing?
- Weeds not only compete with your crops for valuable nutrients, they can also harbour disease and impede good air circulation around your crops. We don't like chemicals around our crops so the hoe is your only man.
- The hoe breaks up the top layer of the soil and helps water and oxygen get down to the roots of your plants.
- Hoeing also increases microbial activity in the soil. The by product of this activity is the release of nutrients to the roots of your plants.