My winter salad is coming on well but there’s still time to sow some seeds for the top seven crops or to become a rocket scientist. I’ve used a grid of bamboo canes tied together with string to mark out areas for different crops. Once they’re established I can move the grid on to another spot and sow a succession of crops. The mesh is to keep the birds from eating the seeds and scratching out the seedlings.
In areas you’re not going to grow a crop for winter, it’s time to prepare the ground for winter by mulching or sowing a crop of green manure (lupins, mustard and wheat are my favourites). You’ll see a huge difference in soil quality in spring if you put in a small amount of effort now and let the worms and other soil organisms improve the soil for you over the colder months while you’re snug and warm indoors.
The Festival of Flowers and Music is on at Old St Paul’s in Mulgrave Street, Wellington from Wednesday 29 April to Sunday 3 May from 10-5. I’ll be at ‘market day’ on Saturday giving talks on vegetable gardening. You’ll have a chance to enter a draw to win a place on the fresh food garden course. I look forward to seeing you there.