Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Preparing and sowing winter greens

Now is the ideal time to start preparing for and sowing  winter greens. There are a large variety of plants to choose from such as; Chinese cabbage, leaf mustards, pak choi, corn salad, land cress, winter purslane, salad rocket, chervil, parsley, watercress, kale, Swiss chard, winter lettuce, Japanese onions, spring onions, and oriental radishes and winter spinach.

Many of these are fast to germinate so you can begin to sow them direct is in the ground now, while the soil is still warm. Because of the warm soil germination and initial growth can be quick, slowing down as autumn approaches. Therefore it will be beneficial to begin sowing your winter greens over the next four weeks.

Thin out young seedlings as soon as you can as surviving the winter months successfully is very much about plants having a dense root system.

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