Having completed the first sowing of my 50sqm garden, thoughts now turn to getting second crops sown. The first are autumn leeks and cabbage.
The leeks are intended to be planted out around the end of May, once the spring turnips have been harvested. The autumn cabbage will be planted after pea shoots in mid to late June.
I am sowing Autumn Mammoth leeks to harvest from the beginning of November and will sow enough to plant out 3 square metres. I will sow 80 modules with 4 seeds, to plant out 70. In addition, I will sow 120 singles to plant out 80. Whilst these will not be the biggest leeks on earth, there will be around 350 juicy vegetables for winter. The clumps will be planted at 15cm within the row and 15cm between rows. The singles will be 15cm within the row and latticed at 12cm between rows.
The autumn cabbages should give 8 hearts to harvest from November, so I shall sow 12 modules, each with two seeds, and reduce to one as necessary.
- Easter Sunday is a leaf day, so along with these sowings, I will harvest chard; cut the grass for compost; water the lettuce, spinach, cabbage and spring onions; and pinch out the pea shoots for the first time.