Archive for the ‘Vegetables’ Category

Choosing The Right Pots

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A common problem that people face when trying to grow plants it that they do not know what pots to choose. The right type of pot depends in what you are trying to grow.


Seeds are best planted in plastic seed trays or small biodegradable pots. Biodegradable pots are better suited to larger seeds, and are useful as the roots are not damaged when the plant is potted on.

Cuttings can also be planted in plastic seed trays or plastic cellular trays.  However, they are best planted in biodegradable pots so that their delicate root system is not damaged.

Shrubs are best planted in plastic pots which are strong and allow for some movement if you are careful, as they are heavy.

Larger or more permanent plants should be planted in large plastic  or metal pots, or frost resistant terracotta pots. Terracotta pots are best both aesthetically and practically as they absorb water and often are stable.

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March

March is when pace of growing on the allotment really picks up. You should check all your planning is finished, and that you have a clear idea of what to plant where and when. March can be used for growing crops early in heated propagators, or planting crops that are usually planted then.

Plants such as chillies and tomatoes can be planted in March, as well as whatever else you may have that says it can be on the seed packet.

Planting Peas

Peas are one of the easiest and tastiest allotment vegetables to grow, but they do need support to ensure they grow successfully.

Peas should be planted from March to May, either indoors or outdoors where they will stay. When planting outdoors, make sure that it is after the last frost. The peas will germinate after one to two weeks, and will need support. A bamboo cane structure normally works best, but make sure it is safe.

Water the peas regularly and check that they are climbing up the support, and after a few months, you will have your own peas.