Posts Tagged ‘Vegetable growing’

Time to dig in the Green Manure

 

If you leave the soil on your vegetable patch bare over winter, you can let some of the minerals leach away, however if you were to plant a green manure, such as these lovely Field Beans, not only would you help the soil hold onto the minerals, you would benefit the fertility by the nitrogen that the bean roots add.

These beans are known as nitrogen fixers, and help turn nitrogen into the air into a source available for plants to use, so you don’t need to any from a packet.

At this time of year you can cut the plants back to ground level and add the tops to your compost heap, leaving the  soil rich in goodness and ready to plant. They keep weeds at bay too.

The best bonus of all is you can use the pretty flowers and tips to pep up a spring salad.

First tentative shoots of spring.

I love this time of year, everything seems to be getting ready to burst into life, you can almost sense the possibilites in the air. All my planning through the dark winter months of what I’ll be growing in my vegetable garden start taking shape.

One of the first things I get going is the chillies and tomatoes which need a long a growing season as possible, so need to be started off in a warm place as soon as you can. I went for an outdoor variety of chilli this year, and I hope to get a good harvest this year.

Have you started growing yet? and what are you planning on growing this year that you have never tried before?

And here’s a cute springtime picture of my son and I with some lambs……

The secret to Supercharged Vegetables.

The traditional way to improve your vegetable patch is to add lots of organic matter, but soil is a complex substance that requires a new viewpoint.

My father who has been growing veg organically since I was little, is always looking for ways to improve the quality of his soil, and hence the vegetables, a few years ago came across soil remineralisation. It’s basically a way to supercharge your soil, and something which I’m giving a go.

Soil is comprised basically of three elements, organic matter, ground up rock, and a living element. All of these factors need to be considered to get the best from your soil, so we can add bulk organic matter, compost and well rotted manure to boost the organic element.

Some of the most fertile soils are on volcanic islands, this is due to the mineral rich rocks below, so a source of gound down volcanic rocks is a great additive to our soil, it will boost the mineral content and microbial activity, and therefore the health of the vegetables grown in the soil. Rock dust is now widely available www.seercentre.org.uk/.

Then the living element needs consideration, the microbes in soil really are the key, a healthy living community of organisms breaks the minerals down into a form that is easily accesible to the plants, if you give these little fellas a nice home then you’ll end up with even more, so Biochar (basically charcoal) added to the soil will boost the microbes in the soil, and will stop minerals leaching out of the soil, so next time you have a bonfire, save some of the charcoal and spread it onto your veg patch or compost heap.

Get all of the three elements right in your soil, and you’ll grow wonderfully nutritious vegetable like my dad does.

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Jack Knight Cooks

From My Kitchen to Yours

Whisked Away Bakery

Blue sky baking

BUTTER WOULDN'T MELT

Stories from the hearth

The BBQ World of mrdodd

Making simple food great, and great food right.

Bathrooms, Kitchens and Bedrooms

Devon based bathroom installations

UK BBQ Review

UK BBQ Review site

The Munch and Tattle

A Blog About Food (Mostly BBQ and Grill): Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad! Blogging from areas around Newport and Cardiff, South Wales.

bake affairs

Bridget`s Bakery Blog

Cornelius Veakins

Outdoor BBQ Chef

CountryWoodSmoke UK BBQ

British BBQ- All the best of UK BBQ, Cooking outdoors whatever the weather.

Country Skills for Modern Life

Some of the cool and useful food, craft and sustainability skills that your grandparents knew, but probably didn't teach you!

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theshotgunchef.wordpress.com/

Hunting chef William Alldis shows you how to live off the land and create mouthwatering recipes for peanuts! Grow it, forage it, kill it, cook it and enjoy it.

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