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Update on our 3m x 3m veg plot

Posted by Rosemoor Garden on 06 Mar 2009 at 02:44 PM

Our 3m x 3m veg. plot has come through surprisingly well from what was - for us - quite a hard winter, with long periods of sub zero temperatures (down to -11c at its coldest), and then several days under snow.

The plot is presently occupied with a green manure crop (on one half) and a selection of oriental greens on the other. Both were sown last September and established well, and despite the fact that the greens have had no protection, they have provided a steady crop of leaves (to add to a mixed salad or lightly steam).

The mustards – ‘Red Giant’ and ‘Sheurifong Improved’ have both done well,


as have the Mizuna and Mibuna.

The green manure crop we have used is ‘winter tares’, which is very hardy and also a legume, so will provide a nitrogen feed for the following crop. It is a good idea to turn the tares in at least 2 weeks before you want the ground for planting or sowing, so that is our first job: using a spade, we single dig the green manure and invert each ‘sod’ so that the top growth is well buried.

The oriental greens will be cleared as the ground is needed, and a little homemade compost will be forked in to the top spit. Then as soon as conditions allow (if it’s dry overhead and the soil is fit to rake down) we will be planting our onion sets and shallots, followed by direct sowings of beetroot, spinach, carrots, lettuce, radish and spring onions.

We have made a start with sowing undercover (in small pots) broad bean  ‘The Sutton’, the early pea  'Avola', and spring cabbage ‘Hispi’. These will be planted out at the end of March or beginning of April.

We have also renewed the low willow edging to the plot which was starting to look a bit tired after three years. Using fresh hazel uprights and green willow we wove the new edging in-situ. We have also woven a second 3m x 3m run of edging in preparation for taking a display to the Royal Cornwall Show in June this year.

So if you can’t get to Rosemoor to see our 3m x 3m veg plot, maybe you can come and see us at the show!

Peter Earl, Senior Supervisor, Fruit & Vegetable Garden 



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