In this beautiful Full Moon phase our attention turns to potatoes and other root crops.
I got our early potatoes in today – Maris Anchor, Rocket and Cliffs Kidney.
Hard to find room with a big bed full of onions (doing well) and one of garlic (not doing well). But I did find a couple of spots. Forked it all through first to loosen up the soil, then added some homemade compost.
Then I created trenches – some with the spade, some with my hands which made me feel like I was making sandcastles!
In went the chitted potatoes with some of our lovely comfrey sprinkled on top. Just a small alert to only grow Russian Bocking 14 Cultivar comfrey which doesn’t self-seed, otherwise it’ll take over your garden.
Then some neem granules to ward off psyllids and a covering of the soil over the seed potatoes (around 5cm).
Then a generous application of rock dust and a water in. The idea is that as the seed potatoes grow you knock down the soil of the hills and cover up most of the leaves that are growing, until the potatoes are growing in hills and the mounds of soil become trenches.
I had four little Florence fennel seedlings, so in they went to the root crop bed.
The beetroot were thinned. I always leave one clump however, in case I need to replace some.
And lastly I sowed more carrots and because I haven’t had a good strike this spring yet, I’m laying a towel over the rows. This keeps the soil damp during the germination period which helps achieve more even germination.
The cabbage you see above still needs a bit more time in the soil, but this beauty (below) was harvested to make room for the carrots!
Happy Labour Weekend!
From Jan and Rob.