1. Start now – don’t wait until next year or until you’ve got more time, more space, a better place. The supermarket has seeds, potting mix and pots if you need to buy them.
2. Make it small – try a 120cm square and you’ll fit most of my top seven winter crops.
3. Keep it close – the closer your vegetables are to your house (or ideally your kitchen), the more successful they’ll be. You’ll remember to water, feed and pick them. Try a back step salad.
4. Keep them moist – at this time of year vegetables need plenty of water. Use a watering can with a fine rose. If you’ve sown seeds use a hand-mister until they germinate.
5. Make it instant – buy some seedlings, some potting mix and plant up pots of salad. Sow some radishes -they’ll also be ready in four to six weeks. We all like a quick fix, particularly in the New Year. Here are today’s sowings and plantings.
If you feel you’d like a bit more help, then sign up for the fresh food garden course this Saturday or on Saturday 31st January 2009. It’s a relaxed and friendly environment and everyone leaves with plenty of enthusiasm.