It’s time to buy seeds for your winter crops – a sowing before the end of February and another one before the end of March will make your garden more resilient to the variability of weather. Some might be ready before winter, others during and some not harvested until spring. I use a grid of 30x30cm squares made of bamboo stakes tied together with string. When you’re sowing the second grid, you can move the original bamboo grid to a new location. If you spread a layer of potting mix over the soil before you sow it will supress many of the weeds and give your seeds a good start in life. Keep the seeds moist – water gently each day if necessary. You’ll need to protect your seeds and seedlings from birds, cats and other invaders. If you’d like to see a demonstration of this, there are just a few places left on the fresh food garden course on Saturday 6 March 2010.
If you need some help with some heavy work in your Wellington garden, such as double digging, I know of an enthusiastic sports team looking to raise funds for an overseas trip. You’ll need to feed them well of course. Please email me if you would like me to give them you details.