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Out in the Field

Over the last two weeks I have continuted to plant a succession of broccoli, cabbage and spring onions. I have also begun planting lettuce.  I am growing a cos lettuce called Little Gem, a butterhead called Cobham Green and a mixed baby leaf selection. The above photo is of my first planting of cabbage on April 1st.

I am planting the lettuce in beds 75cm in width and 50m in length.  The cos lettuce is planted at 9″(between row) by 9″(in row) spacings, the butterhead at 9″ by 12″ and the baby leaf mix at 9″ by 9″ again.

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Planting Broccoli,Cabbage and Onions

I planted out my first batches of broccoli and cabbage on Wednesday.  I have divided the field up into 1000m2 areas, 50m long by 20m wide. There is also a 1.5m path between areas. These areas are again divided up into beds 1.5m wide and 50m long with a 30cm path between each bed. I plant two rows of cabbage to each bed and the same for broccoli. The rows of cabbage are 75cm apart and again the same for broccoli.  Cabbage is planted 45cm apart in row and 60cm apart for broccoli. I mark out the planting spacings using a row marker. Firstly, I mark out the two rows 75cm apart, I then mark out the in row spacings across these two rows.  Planting is then easy as I don’t have to check spacings and whether or not I am planting straight.

I also started planting the multi sown plugs of bulb onions this week.  the onions are planted 30cm apart in rows also 30cm apart with 4 rows per bed.

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Half Acre

This is approximately half an acre where I will be growing most of my root vegetables this year. It will be split up into 20 beds, 1.5m in width and 50m in length. There will be 14 beds of carrots (4 rows per bed), 5 beds of parsnips (3 rows per bed) and 1 bed of beetroot (4 rows per bed).

I will be growing 4 different varieties of carrot, Amsterdam Forcing for early production, Early Nantes 2 for second earlies and Camberley and Autumn King 2 for the main crop. I will also be overwintering Autumn King 2 by covering the beds with a mulch of straw. By doing this I will be essentially storing them in the ground through the winter and digging them up as I require them.

This year I will be trying two different varieties of parsnip, White Gem and Tender and True. The variety of beetroot will be Boltardy. I am only growing one bed of beetroot to begin with as I am unsure of the demand for fresh beetroot.

My aim is to begin sowing parsnips around the third week of February. Hopefully we will get a good spell of weather soon allowing the ground to dry out sufficiently for me to rotovate. I will probably sow my first carrots around the same time and cover these early first sowings with a fleece to aid germination.

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