Roots in the Community -You Make It Grow

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As part of the Roots in the Community workshop I am inviting participants to take some seeds and grow their own vegetables at home. I am finding a way to extend the experience and continue the dialogue. I chose vegetables as not everyone has the space in their gardens for trees. Trees take years to grow, also tree seeds are widly and freely available to gather in the Autumn.

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Growing instructions for your vegetable:

Carrots

  • Sow: Mar – Jul
  • Harvest: Jul – Oct

Leeks

  • Sow: Feb – Apr
  • Harvest: Oct – Mar

Onions

  • Sow: Jan – Apr
  • Harvest: Aug – Oct

Broccoli

  • Sow: Apr – May
  • Harvest: Mar – Apr

Brussels Sprouts

  • Sow: Mar – Apr
  • Harvest: Nov – Jan

Cabbage

  • Sow: Feb – Jul
  • Harvest: Jun – Oct

Spinach

  • Sow: Mar – Jun
  • Harvest: Jul – Sep

Parsnip

  • Sow: Feb – May
  • Harvest: Sep – Mar

Courgette

  • Sow: Feb – Apr
  • Harvest: May – Oct

Beetroot

  • Sow: Jan – Jun
  • Harvest: May – Oct

Sow seeds thinly in rows into finely raked, moist warm soil at a dept of 13mm, with rows spaced 15cm apart for Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage and Carrots and 30cm apart for Leeks, Onions, Parsnips and Perpetual Spinage. Keep moist and weed free until seeds have germinated. When large enough to handle transplant Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage to sunny position, spacing Broccoli 60cm apart, Brussels Sprouts 75cm apart and Cabbages 30 – 40cm apart. Thin seedlings of Leeks and Onions to 15cm apart, Carrots to 50 – 75mm apart, Parsnips to 15cm apart and Perpetual Spinage to 20cm apart. For early crops sow Cabbage seeds into trays of seed and cutting compost, maintain at a temperature of 10 – 15°C, transplant seedlings into pots or trays of multipurpose compost and plant out as detailed above. For early crops of Leeks and Onions sow indoors and plant out in April or May.

Courgette: Sow indoors from Feb – Apr in trays filled with compost. Sow evenly on the surface and press done firmly. Use a lid or similar to obtain humidity, and place at a temperature of 20 degrees celsius. After germination, remove the lid and grow on in slightly cooler conditions. Transplanting: When plants are large enough to handle, transplant into larger trays. Ensure you are careful when easing out the plants. In May-June, harden off plants by leaving them outdoors during the day and bring them indoors at night for one week.  Once acclimatised, plant in your desired location.

Beetroot: Most vegetables seed can be sown directly outdoors in spring in the desired location. Sow seeds after last frost, approximately 2cm deep and opt for a sunny, warm location. Transplanting: When plants are large enough to handle, transplant into larger trays. Ensure you are careful when easing out the plants. In May-June, harden off plants by leaving them outdoors during the day and bring them indoors at night for one week.  Once acclimatised, plant in your desired location.

Don’t worry if your seeds don’t grow first time around, sometimes they are just too sleepy. Seeds are cheap to buy and free if you use the ones you find in your fruit or on your vegetable plants, so have fun experimenting with them.

 

 

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