Apart from watering a few seedlings here and there, that is…
We’ve been picking and eating quite a fair amount of food from the plot in the last few days though, and I’ll write about that in a separate post. But for now, here’s a very quick update for you.
Lazy gardening rules (temporarily)
Kitchen gardens grow more slowly in winter, and they don’t need anything like as much watering or general fuss. If you’ve already staked taller plants, put in some windbreaks or cloches to protect very exposed areas and had a general mulch and tidy up, you may find, like me, that there isn’t too much to do in early January in the average kitchen garden.
You can let the weather do some of the hard work for you too. If it’s frosty, it’ll help to break up the soil for the start of spring, and maybe kill off a few slugs if it snows too. If it’s raining there’s no need for any watering, apart from the tiniest amount in greenhouses and polytunnels, or under coldframes and cloches.
So there you have it, sometimes it pays to be a very lazy gardener, especially at the start of the New Year.
Some plans for 2014
The one thing I have been doing – apart from drinking lots of tea and looking out of the window onto the rainy, chilly garden – is thinking about what to do with the garden next year.
I’ve decided to do the following:
- Stick to a £50 budget for 2014 too
- Invest in some anti-insect netting
- Buy a new cover for the mini greenhouse
- Grow most of last year’s successes again
- Take a few risks with new plants
- Go to more swaps and community events (more on this soon)
Are you growing a kitchen garden this year? Any special plans?