By Jo Whittingham
From sowing and planting to transforming into and harvesting, Backyard Harvest covers storing, freezing, and protecting assistance for you to get pleasure from your garden's bounty into the iciness months and through the early-spring hole whilst little is able to harvest.
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SOW SEEDS Sow small seeds thinly over the surface, shaking them carefully from the packet or your hand. Plant larger seeds deeper, using a dibble or pencil to make a hole for each seed. COVER THE FLAT To create a warm, moist atmosphere for germination, use a specially designed seed-starting kit. Alternatively, you can set the flat on a heating mat. SOWING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE Pricking out seedlings Sowing outside Sowing directly into the soil is the simplest and cheapest way to raise vegetables. Preparing your seedbed well, sowing at the right depth, and getting the timing right can make the difference between a lush row of healthy plants and a frustratingly patchy harvest.
Once one bulb shows signs of green shoots, the rest will quickly follow. Roast the bulbs to store for longer. DON’T FORGET 36 MONTH-BY-MONTH Growing sprouting seeds HARVESTING IDEAS Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, sprouting seeds add a healthy fresh crunch to salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries all year round. They are incredibly quick and easy to grow—just add water—and in only a few days your crop will be ready to eat. All you need are some recommended seeds and a large jar with a perforated lid.
Split the cloves and push them into the soil, flat end down, tops covered. 184) should be planted out now. Position 4 in (10 cm) apart, in rows with 10 in (25 cm) between them. HARVEST: NOV–MAR HARVEST: JUL–AUG WHAT TO PLANT HARVEST: JUL–OCT SHALLOTS AND LOTS OF ONIONS Sets are small bulbs to plant now for an earlier crop than from seed-raised plants. Plant into well-prepared soil ¾ in (2 cm) deep. ‘RED BARON’ A productive onion with firm, dark red bulbs. Like all red varieties, it is mild enough to be eaten raw.
Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables by Jo Whittingham