RUTH’S VEG TALK

Lancashire Life - - WILL’S WISDOM -

all win­ter get­ting blown about so need a sturdy base. If you missed sow­ing them, you should find plants at the gar­den cen­tre ready to go.

Gar­den cen­tres will also start to sell seed pota­toes to plant up dur­ing July and Au­gust for a Christ­mas har­vest. Try th­ese in big pots that can be put into the green­house when the weather turns cooler.

Fi­nally, hot weather or not, here are my top tips for wise wa­ter­ing on the al­lot­ment:

* To re­duce evap­o­ra­tion, wa­ter in the cooler parts of the day, morn­ings or evenings.

* Wa­ter the soil at the base of the plant, not over the plants, so that all the wa­ter goes into the soil to the roots. * Pre-wa­ter drills and plant­ing holes, when sow­ing and plant­ing. This will en­cour­age the plants roots to search down for wa­ter.

* Mulch around plants to re­tain mois­ture.

* En­sure ev­ery­where is weed free to pre­vent weeds com­pet­ing for any wa­ter.

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