Time to prepare for winter

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Time to prepare for winter

Post by Zasso Nouka » Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:37 am

Whilst it might seem a little early, what with summer just around the corner, now is a good time to start getting ready for winter planting.

Now is the perfect time to seed parsnips as they take ages to germinate and need to be kept wet the whole time or they won't sprout at all. Also Brussel Sprouts can be germinated now for transplanting out later, that way you will have nice large plants that can give a good supply of sprouts through the winter months. Kale can also be seeded now so that you have big plants to coast through the Persephone months when plant growth slows to a crawl. It's probably a bit early to be seeding any winter cabbages but Savoy cabbage can be quite a slow grower so maybe start them off at the end of June or early July.

Now is also a good time to start preparing seed beds for carrots, the constant rain will germinate many weed seeds so they can be flamed off or hoed on a sunny day (if we get any).

It's not too late if you want an autumn crop of sweetcorn, although they could get flattened by a typhoon if you are unlucky with one striking when they are tall and it's still possible to seed for an autumn crop of butternut or other pumpkins.