WHAT TO DO NOW
Look out for docks and thistles that have come up among seed-packet sowings of annual meadows. If you can’t reach weeds to dig up from surrounding paths, use a bamboo-cane to hold stems to one side to avoid trampling while you get in to weed.
Harvest peas regularly and thoroughly remove all ripe pods. If left to mature new peas won’t form.
Pull weeds by hand from amongst onions – hoeing too close damages the roots causing the bulbs to run to flower. If this happens the onions are edible, but won’t keep.
Cut artichokes with a few inches of stem before the giant thistles open.
Comfrey is a companion plant for your compost heap. Plant to suppress weeds on the edge of your kitchen garden and the blue blooms will attract pollinating bees, while the leaves and stems if cut green can go straight on the heap as a home-grown compost activator. You can also make a fertilizer piling the leaves in a bucket and crushing under a concrete block. After a few days a dark elixir runs out that when diluted
1:10 with water makes an excellent feed for tomatoes. The best variety is called Bocking 14 as it has vigorous leaves, but the flowers are sterile so don’t spread from seeds.
Comfrey can aid plant growth