Spring vegetables - grow your own!
Publish Date: 07/04/2014 12:37Well spring has finally arrived, and it's a key time for many gardeners across the country as its the start of the vegetable growing season. Seeds are being sown, plugs are being potted on and the greenhouse is getting busy full of vegetable plants! Below are a few of the many choices of vegetable plants that we have a Longacres, ready for you to nurture and look after at home! Sweet Peppers Sweet peppers are a great addition to any vegetable garden. Easy to grow and look after these vegetable plants will provide you with an abundance of brightly coloured fruits all summer long. Pepper seeds can be tricky to germinate; for those who don’t want the challenge, ‘mini’ six packs containing 3 varieties of sweet pepper are available in store! Top Tips for Sweet Peppers
- Keep out of any frost - make sure your plant your peppers after the last frost or grow them on inside on a windowsill or heated greenhouse/conservatory.
- Make sure the soil is light, nutrient rich and free-draining - Water little and often!
- Feed plants with a high-potassium fertiliser weekly when fruiting.
- Lettuce plants are considered hardy and so can be planted out now.
- Protect plants from slugs and snail using copper wire, or organic pellets.
- Ensure that you leave enough space between your plants so they don't compete for nutrients, about 30cm apart is ample.
- Plant in full sun, in a sheltered position.
- Water your onion sets during dry spells and remove any flowers as soon as they appear.
- Birds can be a problem and may lift your onions. Place deterrents near the plants to avoid this.