Thursday, 8 February 2018

May 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 6 tasks this week :

1) Plant Out Celery and Celeriac. -
2) Thin Out Seedlings. -
3) Onions and Their Enemies. -
4) Plant Cucumbers. -
5) Sow Swedes and Turnips. -
6) Sow and Plant. -

May 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Look to Spring and Winter Greens. - 
2) Sow Runner Beans Outside.-
3) Sow Late Greens; Look Out for Club Root.- 



4) Sow Beet and Sweet Corn.-
5) Beware Woolly Aphis.-
6) Keep Strawberries Clean.-
7) Sow and Plant.-

April 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Sow Calabrese, Pickling Onions and Garlic. -
2) Look to Your Frames. -
3) Plant First Leeks. -
4) Cutting Asparagus. -
5) Sow Maincrop Beet. -
6) Earth-up Potatoes; Prepare Marrow Beds. -
7) Bark Ring Fruit Trees. -
8) Hunt Gooseberry Pests. -
9) Sow, Plant and Hoe. -

April 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 5 tasks this week :

1) Pot Sweet Corn. -
2) Prepare Tomatoes for Outdoors. -
3) Make Up Celery Trenches. -
4) Spray Apples and Pears. -
5) Planting Work. -

April 2nd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Finish Onion Planting. -
2) Sow Spinach and Peas. -
3) Sow Radish and Lettuce Outdoors. -
4) Fertilise Potatoes and Plant More. -
5) Sow Salsify, Chicory, Runner Beans . -
6) Plant Out Cabbage and Sprouts. -
7) Sow Carrots and Turnips. -
8) Spray Fruit Bushes and Trees. -
9) Look to Frames. -

April 1st Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Support Peas. -
2) Counter Enemies of Peas. -
3) Don't be Too Early with Tomatoes. -
4) Start New Compost Heap. -
5) Plant Out Onions. -
6) Sow Long-Rooted Carrots. -
7) Plant Seakale Thongs . -

March 5th Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Maintain Succession of Potatoes. -
2) Sow Lettuce and Sweet Corn. -
3) Case Mushrooms Beds. -
4) Deal with Clubroot Disease. -
5) Train Cucumbers. -
6) Sow Root Crops Outside. -
7) Look to Fruit and Pests. -
8) Spray Apples and Pears. -

March 4th Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Last Chances for Good Digging. -
2) More Early Potatoes Now. -
3) Plant Shallots and Garlic. -
4) Make Asparagus Bed. -
5) Sow Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Celery. -
6) Stake Cucumbers. -
7) Attack Apple Pests. -

March 3rd Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Work on Sandy Soil. -
2) Plant Early Potatoes. -
3) Plant Out Cauliflowers, Onions, Cabbage. -
4) Attend to Asparagus Beds. -
5) Outdoor Tomatoes. -
6) Spawn Mushroom Beds. -
7) Look Out for Fruit Diseases. -

March 2nd Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Fork Dry Soil. - Only fork dry soil as much harm can be done by working on heavy wet soil. If the land is wet then you might have to wait until April to complete this task.
2) Get Ahead with Parsnips. - Due to the long growing season required for parsnip to develop, it's recommended you sow without delay.3) Sow Onions Outdoors. - As with parsnip it's recommended you sow onions without delay.
4) Sow Spinach Outside. - In this task, Mr Middleton also suggests sowing leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprout, peas and broad beans.
5) In and Out of the Greenhouse. - 
6) Harden Off Onions and Leeks. -
7) Plant Out Early Potatoes. - Plant first earlies 6 inches deep.
8) Feed and Support Fruit Trees. - It's recommended to feed around the tree with a general fertilizer to make up for any mineral deficiencies.
9) Complete Planting of Fruit Trees. - The last chance to plant fruit trees before growth begins.

March 1st Week

According to Mr Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 8 tasks this week :

1) Clear Land. - Gradually clear land as crops are used and it's suggested that you can speed things up by lifting leeks and celery and heeling them in together in a sheltered corner or frame. Brussels sprouts should be cleared as used not forgetting to use the tops as a spring green.
2) Beware of Cabbage Aphis. - Sprays made from many plants have been investigated as possible cabbage aphid controls, and it appears that peppermint has repellent properties. Spritzing plants with a strong mint tea made sticky with a few drops of dishwashing soap that has few environmental repercussions, I am currently trialling this on my kales. 
3) Prepare Trenches for Peas and Beans. - It is suggested to dig trenches 18 inches and filling with manure before covering over with the removed soil. Personally, I dig an 18-inch deep trench, line the bottom with ripped up pieces of brown cardboard. The cardboard is then covered by a layer of manure before applying a layer of fresh vegetable peelings that would otherwise be going to the compost heap. Finally, the initial soil that was removed is used to fill in the trench.
4) Get Outside Seed Bed Ready. - Apply superphosphate of lime to a small corner, 3 ounces per square yard. Finely rake this area when the soil is dry, removing stones. Primarily this area is to be used for brassicas and onions.
5) Prick Out Leeks, Onions, Celery. - Leeks and onions sown indoors will need pricking out in to seed cells. Once established move into a cold frame for hardening off. Celery to be pricked out once they reach the third leaf.
6) Pot Tomatoes. - It's suggested to pot tomatoes on in to 5 inch pots.
7) How to Use Cold Greenhouse. - It's suggested a succession of food can be obtained from a cold greenhouse by planting winter lettuce. When the lettuce is growing well, interplant with an early cauliflower. Lettuce being cut in March/early April, cauliflowers in May as the tomato plants are put in. I've not tried this as haven't had success with winter lettuce instead using my cold greenhouse to overwinter herbs, flowers and for seed sowing.
8) Spray Strawberries, Support Raspberries, Prune Gooseberries. - Strawberry spraying refers to The Tarsonemid Mite (Phytonemus pallidus fragariae). I have searched but there are no other organic insecticides that work.  (Apparently, the mite can be kept in check by burning the straw over the plants immediately after harvest. The straw should be picked up with a fork and spread over the plants and allowed to dry. On a day when there is a fair wind blowing down the rows, the straw should be set alight on the windward side, so that there is a quick fire that burns the leaves without damaging the crowns. After burning the rows it would help to promote new foliage by giving the plants a good soaking of water. If it is not possible to fire the bed, the only remedy would be to dig up the plants and destroy them. New 'Ministry certified stock' should be planted in a fresh bed as far away from the old crop as possible. I, however, have not tried this and due to a no fires policy on my allotment site I'm unlikely to ever try this. )

February 4th Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 7 tasks this week :

1) Maintain Succession of Lettuces. -
2) Break Down and Lime Soil. -
3) Maintain Succession of Seakale and Rhubarb. -
4) Plant Onion Sets. -
5) Sow Parsnips, Broad Beans, Carrots, etc. -
6) Sow Early Peas, Sprouts and Summer Carrots. -
7) Pot Cucumbers and Tomatoes. -

February 3rd Week

According to My Middleton in Dig On For Victory we have 9 tasks this week :

1) Sow and Transplant Onions. -
2) Making New Rhubarb Bed. -
3) Fill Up and Hoe Cabbage Rows. -
4) Examine Broccoli. -
5) First Sowing of Celery. -
6) Maintain Succession of Seakale. -
7) Paint Pruning Wounds. -
8) Examine Blackcurrants. -
9) Prepare Early Strawberries. -