CHIT SEED POTATOES
Chitting’s just another word for sprouting. Lay seed spuds out in a tray, box or egg carton in a warm, well lit spot indoors. Over the next few weeks, the eyes will bulge and begin to grow. When the sprouts are 1-2cm long, you can pop them into the soil knowing that they will hit the ground running in spring. If you have a glasshouse, tunnelhouse or sunny conservatory, you can plant seed potatoes in pots or buckets now. But don’t plant outdoors yet as frost will kill them.
Mulch to suppress weeds
There’s less than one month until the official start of spring, which means there’s only a few weeks left before the inevitable invasion of annual weeds. If you have vacant beds, cover the soil now with a thick layer of compost, fine bark, tree mulch, pea straw or newspaper to suppress weed growth – stopping
weeds before they have a chance to grow. Mulching is one of the quickest and most effective things you can do to protect, enrich and maintain the health of your soil. As a bonus, it’ll help warm the soil prior to spring sowing.
Harvest leafy winter crops. Cultivate, don’t sow. Vitality is low. Sow root crops out of doors, if soil is not too wet. Gardening by the moon Last quarter Sow more root crops such as carrots, garlic and shallots.