Crop rotation – why and how

If you’ve ever looked at a burgeoning allotment site crammed with serried ranks of fabulous veggies and wondered ‘how did they do that?’, the answer is probably crop rotation. It’s…

Preparing your soil for sowing

The secrets to successful growing are healthy, nutrient-rich soil and crop rotation, so this week I have been preparing and warming my soil and thinking about what crops to grow…

How to tidy up the strawberry patch

We had a relatively mild autumn here in the south and my strawberry plants have kept on growing and, amazingly, producing flowers and even fruit. These need to be removed…

How to dig in autumn’s green manures

I sowed a batch of green manure in the autumn to help replenish the soil in our raised beds after their contents – onions, shallots, broad beans – had been…

Traditionally Autumn is the time to plant out dormant spring bulbs, but if you didn’t get round to the job last year, help is now at hand. Garden centres seem…

The prime planting time for perennials is spring, when the soil is warming up and workable after winter’s onslaught, and autumn when it still holds the summer’s sun and is…