Handy hints for bed preparations
mat, which gradually breaks down over the coming months and is eaten by fungi, bacteria and worms. Because we have a heavy clay soil which will take time to improve, we’re taking the easy route and growing crops in raised beds with organic vegetable mix. However, a frequently touted tip is that growing a crop of potatoes can help break up heavy clay soils. I’m curious to see if this works and am going to give it a go. It’s important to work in plenty of organic matter before planting them. buy a range of well-established plants at the garden centre, or mix your tomatoes up a bit by growing different varieties, then swapping seedlings with friends. An ideal tomato for beginner gardeners is ‘Sweet 100’. True to its name, it produces hundreds of sweet-tasting tomatoes for months on end. If you want some drama on your plate, ‘Black Krim’ is a dark-skinned heirloom tomato with lots of flavour, which originates from the Black Sea area. Another dressed-to-impress heirloom variety which really shows its stripes of orange-yellow is the heirloom variety ‘Tigerella’. When it comes to yellow tomatoes, ‘Sungold F1’, a sweettasting yellow-orange cherry tomato, is an ideal lunchbox filler. Tomatoes need steady warmth to grow so remember that the golden rule is not to plant your tomatoes out until Labour Weekend or until the last frost is well over.