New to veg growing this past year and only started in May 2009. I didn’t use raised beds nor did i use manure. My carrots & parsnips didn’t mature to the size that i would have expected, while my peas were difficult to hold up the stems. Any tips how to improve for next year.
Vegetables will turn out small if the levels of nutrition in the soil are low. These can be boosted by using either well-rotted farmyard manure or bag fertilizer. Farmyard manure tends to make some crops too leafy and it is not good for carrots, tending to make them fork and taste ‘earthy’.
Apply 100grams per square metre of a general fertilizer, such as 10-10-20 or 7-6-17 about two weeks before sowing next spring, either digging it in or raking it in. Apply farmyard manure or compost before courgettes or sweet corn. It tends to lead to probelms with slugs when used in the same spot each year with potatoes, so move the potato area each year and apply organic material before planting.