This is my first spring in the new garden. Last summer my partner and I moved from our canal boat in London to a garden (and cottage) in Devon. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m entering spring with plans (that I probably won’t stick to) produced while cosily shut up indoors on wet winter days. This month I’ve created a couple of no dig gardening beds ready for veg, a makeshift germination station and piles of well rotted manure. An army of seedlings (chillis, tomatoes, kale and more) that are marching towards adolescence and will be clamouring to be planted out before I know it. To me the pillars of a growing space are compost, water harvest, seed saving and social space.
Things to do this month in the garden
- Create a schedule for your seed sowing to avoid getting in a muddle.
- Prepare a veg patch, my no dig expert tips will be helpful. Select the spot, pull up perennial weeds, put down a 7cm layer of manure or compost on a layer of cardboard, weigh down. Weeds will be smothered while the soil is fed.
- Prick out seedlings planted in trays or modules as they get bigger and move them on to larger pots of their own
Things to do this month in your indoor garden
- Give your houseplants a rinse to remove any dust accumulated on their leaves over the winter months.
- Sow tender plants like tomatoes, courgette, cucumber, aubergine and pumpkin – they like to be warm with lots
of light. Keep them on your windowsill.
- Once germinated, in good weather, take your tender seedlings out for the day but bring them back inside before it gets chilly.
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Poppy Okotcha is Livingetc's gardening columnist, and a trained horticulturalist living in Devon. She has appeared on Gardener's World and is also a presenter on Channel 4's The Great Garden Revolution. She specialises in regenerative growing, and studied with the RHS at Regent's Park in London. She once lived on a houseboat, growing herbs and vegetables in flowers in containers, before moving to take on a bigger plot of land.
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