April II: first sowing of second crops….

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.

Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

2 thoughts on “April II: first sowing of second crops….”

  1. Looking good Rhys and interesting thoughts on comfrey herbage. My plants are not too long off giving their first harvest so I’ll be building a new heap in the next month or so. Last year, when we were all putting in our dollars worth on Charles site about composting, I ended up producing some lovely stuff which is now hilling up my spuds. I enjoy the way that, gradually, this quality compost will eventually, year on year, cover the whole plot. Tris

    1. Yes, Tris I too am finding I am now making much better compost now. I am noticing that the shallots planted into fresh compost have established wonderfully and the radish germinated in the same compost look superb.

      I also turned my piles made in late March each four days and the effect is hugely beneficial.

      Finally, the bins filled by end of February have worms doing great things and the texture of the compost feels perfect.

      All in all, Charles’ discussions on compost did me a lot of good.

      I harvested six of my comfrey plants today to mix with the grass cuttings.

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