A Vegetable Gardener's Year: By 'dirty Nails' of the by Dirty Nails Dirty Nails

By Dirty Nails Dirty Nails

This publication is for vegetable gardeners and nature-lovers in every single place. it's a 'grow your personal' handbook, a recipe e-book, and a shop of attention-grabbing observations approximately normal background within the backyard. the writer writes a deeply own account of the altering yr in accordance with his first-hand event and a true affection for his topics and locality. visiting week-by-week throughout the vegetable and fruit becoming calendar, this combination of useful recommendation, humour and data on and round the plot satisfies armchair gardeners and full-on nature lovers alike. concept upsetting, inspiring - sometimes difficult - this can be a publication that may be taken to mattress as an end-of-day muse; or get dogeared and soiled as a vital reduction to cultivating and cooking home-grown nutrients.

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For the first season after planting, fertilisers and manures should be avoided whilst the tree establishes itself. M A R C H 5 T H W E E K RTY NAILS’ JOUR I D NA OM R L F CRACKING UP E mergent grass creates a soft carpet of green on the arable where Cole Street meets St James’ Common. By the tumbledown barn, clayey surface soil dries daily, contracting and cracking, a maze of enlarging fissures defining the fault lines, like a map gone crazy. Where I walked with wellies calf-deep in mud in the youth of this month, now I travel in shoes and gather barely a clod.

42 • Monitor seedlings daily and keep moist but not wet. • Sow Long Tom aubergine, Giant Single sunflower. • Pot on Tumbler and Gardener’s Delight tomato. • Plant up Early Pak 7 tomatoes in pots to go in a sunny sheltered place outdoors. • Prick out or pot on January King cabbages and kale. • Start to plant seedling leeks from trays into nursery beds. • Thin carrots and beetroots. • Keep on top of the weeds in the asparagus bed. • Keep the hoe busy. • Listen out for the first cuckoo of the year.

He has also stripped off a number of tatty outside leaves that were browning or wilted. Each of these plants looks fresh and vibrant, sporting lush crowns of silvery-green leaves. Planting Figs Late March or April is an ideal time for planting fig trees. Dirty Nails has been doing just that this week, although for maximum fruit production it is not quite so simple as plonking a healthy young specimen in the soil and watering. If planted like that, figs are apt to throw out considerable growth of limbs and leaves but not a lot in the way of fruit.

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