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> Spring is here so it’s time to plant out seedlings of warm-sea­son veges. Toma­toes are one of the most pop­u­lar crops in this group. Plant these and other tall crops (eg sweet­corn) at the southern end of your vege patch so they don’t shade smaller crops. Good drainage is es­sen­tial as is plenty of or­ganic mat­ter in the soil. Toma­toes are tra­di­tion­ally planted out­side on Labour Day but if your gar­den is not frosty they can be planted now in a shel­tered spot. Space seedlings of stak­ing toma­toes 50-60cm apart.

> Southern cap­sicum fans can plant seedlings out into green­houses now. Fur­ther north they can go into the gar­den when tem­per­a­tures are 18-25°C. Seedlings are gen­er­ally ready to be planted out­side when they are start­ing to flower. Use cloches or frost cloth to pro­tect them if it’s still chilly at your place.

> Sweet­corn seedlings can also be planted out into the gar­den if the soil is not too cold (above 16°C). Soil should be well drained with plenty of com­post or other or­ganic mat­ter added be­fore plant­ing. Keep seedlings well fed for best crops. Plant in blocks to en­sure good pol­li­na­tion – sweet­corn is pol­li­nated by the wind, not by bees.

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