Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Early veg in the green­house If you want to steal a march on sum­mer, start sow­ing some de­li­cious crops in your soil bor­der in your green­house now and you should be har­vest­ing them long be­fore some of your neigh­bours.

You shouldn’t go far wrong if you sow pro­duce which is go­ing to re­main un­der cover through­out its life. Veg­eta­bles such as French beans car­rots and baby beet­root are great for this and you’ll be har­vest­ing them much ear­lier than if out­side.

Check on the seed packet that you have a green­house va­ri­ety. With climb­ing beans, sow two bean seeds per pot and place them on green­house stag­ing in a frost-free green­house. When they have filled their pots with roots, plant them 20cm apart in the green­house bor­der en­riched with or­ganic mat­ter and put in a stake be­tween each plant.

Make sure you save space for later crops such as to­ma­toes, which can be planted in late April or May.

Baby root veg­eta­bles and salad crops in­clud­ing radishes, spinach and let­tuce, can also be sown thinly in the green­house bor­der.

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