The Spring Allotment and Garden:
A Vegetable Growing Guide Cheat Sheet
For all the gardeners out there, and that includes me, spring, and I feel that spring has truly arrived now, is a time to order your seeds, plan your garden and sow some of the early crops. We have two lovely gardens, both in France and the UK, and with the lighter mornings (and evenings) as well as the warmer weather, it’s certainly time at Chez Lavender and Lovage to get weeding, digging, sowing, planting and generally tidying up after winter.
Today I would like to share an amazing ” Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet” infographic from Good to be Homeit’s a handy and informative chart that shows you how to organise your veggie plot, whether it be in your garden, on the allotment or in a courtyard or patio. The TEN tips this Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet will show you are:
1. When to plant
2. How far apart to plant seeds
3. What needs propagating
4. What needs to be in a greenhouse
5. What size pot to plant in
6. Distance to thin seedlings out to
7. Germination & maturation times
8. Which pests to look out for
9. What veg works best together
10. When to harvest!
As well as the ten tips shown above, the chart also has a handy “companion planting” guide tool, which always fascinates me, and I try to sow my herbs and vegetables in a “companion” pattern. Last year, our veggie plot was very productive, and regular Lavender and Lovage readers may remember “The great runner bean glut” we had, and how I dealt with the happy problem here: The Walnut Tree and Spiced Runner Bean Pickle…….
…….as well as kilos and kilos of runner beans, we also had lots of tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, garlic and onions, so it was a bumper year for us. And, what vegetables we didn’t grow were provided by a friend, Jeff, in an informal and friendly “fruit and veg swap”, with us providing him and Barb (his wife) with loads of fresh figs, walnuts and raspberries, as our fruit was also prolific last year.
But, back to the cheat sheet for today…….if you find the infographic handy, then you can download it (and print it) here: A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet Infographic. I’d be really interested to hear what all my readers are planting this year, so, PLEASE do let me know via the comments below, and let me know if you have an allotment, garden, patio, balcony or a windowsill! Have a great week, and see you back here with some seasonal recipes for St Patrick’s Day. Karen
Some new recipes coming soon using HOME-GROWN vegetables:
Braised Ruby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Lardons, Peas and Creme Fraiche
Chilli Honey Roasted Roots with Marigold Petals
Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake