The shortest day has now passed by and it is the perfect time to sow onion seed or plant seedlings. Choose a sunny well drained position which has been generously limed. If sowing onions from seed ensure good viable, fresh seed is used and not old seed from the previous year. Add a little washed river sand or propagation sand, allowing the seed to be more evenly distributed and gently dribble the seed into the drill. Germination is quick and will only take 3-4 weeks.
Now is a great time to plant Broad beans, Asparagus, Spinach, Seed potato, Brussel sprouts, Spring onion, Broccoli, Peas, Rhubarb, Radish and our locally grown and ever popular New Zealand yams are now available for planting. If you would like to grow cabbages it is best to wait a few months, maybe consider the popular European alternative, edible Kale. Kale is especially good when grown through winter and flavour improves when harvested after a frost. Kale is becoming extremely popular and is packed with nutritional benefits – a great cabbage or spinach substitute.”
If resting an area in your veggie garden, it’s a great time to add green manure crop. Green manuring will help your soil in many ways. Perhaps most importantly, green manure boosts your plots organic matter whilst storing nutrients from leaching and provides microbial activity and improving soil structure. A perfect living mulch our green manure mixture contains a blend of Oats, Dun Peas, Lupins and Rye Corn that will protect soil from erosion whilst adding these amazing natural soil benefits. It is essential that the seed does not dry out during the germination period. Just simply broadcast (or spread) the seeds by hand in an even manner. It sometimes makes the distribution a bit easier if you mix the seeds with sand or soil so you have more control over where it goes. After you spread the seeds, rake the soil to cover them sufficiently.
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