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Planting time

Soil in raised beds is now dry enough in the South for a start to be made planting out hardy things. Where the soil is too wet and cold it is well worth covering with clear polythene to both warm the surface and protect from further rain. This week in Essex school children were able to plant autumn sown sweet peas, they were raised in a polythene tunnel greenhouse. The tips had been pinch out of these seedlings so the plants are making strong new shoots from the base. The plan is to support these plants with twiggy hazel branches to form two columns of flowers. Some net cover has been put in place to protect from pigeon attack. Vegetable seed tapes have also been sown in greenhouse border soil with the aim of pulling very early root crops. Our picture (Below) shows Beetroot Multicoloured Seed Tape being sown in well prepared soil. This mixture from Suttons Seeds has four different colours of roots namely crimson, crimson/white, golden and white. The golden and white kinds have leaves which can also be cooked when treated similar to spinach.



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