Or­der now for next year

Next year’s grow­ing sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing, so get your or­ders in as soon as you can, says Bob

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

WITH all the rush of sea­sonal fes­tiv­i­ties go­ing on, it’s easy to for­get how close next year’s grow­ing sea­son is. There’s a sort of mind-block on any­thing af­ter the New Year, and we kind of think it’s all over for the mo­ment.

How­ever, it is im­por­tant to get your or­ders in as soon as you can for there is not a lot of time left be­fore you need those first seeds, sow­ing com­post, and onion and potato sets. Ad­mit­tedly, if you or­der now, the delays in the Christ­mas post may mean you do not get those goods un­til the New Year, but then at least you will have them.

There is an­other very good rea­son for or­der­ing now and that is to get what you want. Some of the newer and more pop­u­lar va­ri­eties will al­most cer­tainly run out, and then you’ll be forced to ac­cept re­place­ments, which may not be ex­actly what you wished for.

An­other mis­guided thought is that it’s too late to plant any­thing. Far from it – so long as the soil is nei­ther frozen solid nor wa­ter­logged, you can plant most hardy plants, trees, shrubs, fruits and or­na­men­tals. All these and herbaceous plants are far bet­ter off go­ing in at the start of the year rather than leav­ing them un­til later in spring, as that se­ri­ously re­duces their time to es­tab­lish.

So or­der all those plants you’ve been think­ing about and don’t risk los­ing an­other year’s growth. Treat your­self to what­ever you fancy – plants are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive when you con­sider how many years of plea­sure they can you!

“Don’t risk los­ing an­other year’s growth”

As to what are most ur­gent, well, or­der those onion, leek and tomato seeds as soon as pos­si­ble, as these will be the soon­est needed, closely fol­lowed by potato and onion sets.

There isn’t much time left be­fore you need those first seeds, so get in now be­fore newer va­ri­eties run out Get onion (and potato) sets or­dered as soon as you can to take ad­van­tage of a greater choice Plant­ing many fruit trees at the start of year gives them time to es­tab­lish

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