I’m experimenting with interplanting. Planting fast growing crops in the spaces between slower growing varieties so by the time they need the space I will have harvested the short season produce. I’ve already pulled the radish ‘German Giant’ I planted as seedlings between broccoli plants. I’ve thinned the daikon seedlings to a single plant from the seeds I sowed between the red cabbage and winter sprouting broccoli seedlings. As smaller plants they seem to like a few friends close by and it makes good use of watering. I’ve got some beetroot ‘cylinder’ in between cabbage ‘conehead’ too. I’m not sure if beetroot will take too long to mature compared to radish and daikon. Time will tell whether these experiments are worth repeating or adjusting.
I’m enjoying harvesting ‘multiplying spring onions’ I bought from Koanga (not currently in stock but you can go on a waitlist). They grow like chives in clumps and die down in winter so I’ve divided up one of my three clumps and replanted with plenty of compost to make more. Strong flavour and vigorous growth.
Time to set traps and bait for rodents and mustelids. I caught a ferret in the rat trap the other day, baited with an egg. If you see one there are surely plenty more around.