Organic growing benefits for vegetables..
28 May 2010 10:43:31
Cabbage [Brassicas] saved from frost earlier in the year.[The few lucky to survive]]
On a lovely bright morning with plenty of sunshine earlier hopefully that sun will return soon.A little on the cool side now.Last night was not only cool but wet into the early hours.Let the rain fall when we really need it,with temperatures up well and the nights staying warmer.Had the usual check in the garden just before 7 am and after last nights weather,no problems.Collected up the papers,coats,covers etc from the potato ridges.Plants need minding just as we do.Sunshine we need you fast to warm the night time temperatures along with all day.
Growing organically helps cut out pests and diseases in places with your vegetable garden.Just as we all can get the flu,so can they in their own way of growing.The use of crop rotation is vital for veg garden and by no means a minor part of gardening but a major one,just as healthy soil is also vital.To grow plants every year in the same area is just another way of asking pests and diseases in to pay a visit.Differett with some areas like Rhubarb etc who are ok and wont need to be moved.With Peas especially these are the boys that supply the most feed to the ground for the next crop.Atmospheric nitrogen is supplied from them to the ground.Other Legumes are similar but the Peas especially are the winners.Roots [Carrots Beetroot etc] will be moved on to ground that was manured the previous year.Leave them with a fresh supply for the year you plant them and expect plenty off small carrots growing from the one stalk,but the complete carrot then heading for the compost heap.Not what the gardener needs.
Plans for this evening on return will be to attack the grass as early as possible.Nothing fully decided in the vegetable garden for tomorrow until later on.