Sowing and Growing (course notes)

Books – shops, library, grden she

Sowing and planting:
Sweet Peas
Onions and Garlic

Green Manures
Forage Pea Green Manure is a member of the legume family that is excellent at fixing nitrogen and has deep penetrative roots that help to break up the soil. It can grow up to 1 metre tall.

Forage Pea is excellent for over wintering and can be sown from September to November. It has good weed suppressing qualities but its foliage is not as bulky as some other green manures that overwinter.

It could be sown with a lower growing green manure like red clover if weed suppression was paramount and adding lots of bulky organic matter in spring is required. It is however good enough to use on its own too

Other ideas for planting at this time of year:
Bare root roses
Fruit trees and bushes
Lily of the Valley in drifts in shaded areas
Tulip bulbs
Deadhead pansies
Cut down chrysanthemums to soil level after flowering
Transplant shrubs and conifers that have outgrown their position
Clear faded growth of golden hops and annual climbers from pergolas and trellis
Empty pots of spent annuals and compost the remains
Rake autumn leaves from lawns and pick them out of borders for composting
Prune rambling roses after flowering
Move containers of shrubs or winter bedding to a sheltered spot when conditions turn very cold
Check stakes and ties are secure on trees and climbers
Take root cuttings of oriental poppies
Plant heathers and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour
Cut down faded stems on rudbeckia and Shasta daisies, to just above soil level
Finish planting tulips as soon as possible
Clear golden hop, sweet peas and annual climbers from supports
Check variegated shrubs for plain green shoots and prune them away
Plant out wallflowers, forget-me-nots, pansies and other spring bedding
Fork over vacant areas of soil
Deadhead pansies regularly to keep the flowers coming
Plant lily-of-the-valley
Order hedging for winter planting



Inspired by planting bulbs on the first day of the winter wonderland course
I thought I’d try a few at home, of course your supposed to raise bulbs from those supplied by seed centres as they’d be free from diseases
but i had a few organic ones left over from the supermarket which were beginning to sprout, so ever the optimist thought I’d just plant them and see what happens
Theres no proper beds in my small back garden, so i thought i’d try them in containers
I went for using old strawberry punnets from the summer, it rather irks me that they nearly always end up as landfill
the main drawback with this being that there might be insufficent soil for them to grow to their full size, but best just to try and see
this size container worked ok for my lettuce seeds over the summer

ok rather a dull picture, but i’ll update it if anything happens to sprout!

planting garlic bulbs
garlic is grown from bulbs, break the bulbs up into individual cloves
plant the right way up! the leaves sprout from the top

Plant in mid to late autumn
Planting distance: 7.5 – 10 cm (3-4 in)
Planting depth: 5 cm (2in)
Distance between rows: 30 cm (12 in)
Harvesting: Mid – late summer

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Sanskrit records show its medicinal use about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans used garlic for healing purposes. In 1858, Pasteur noted garlic’s antibacterial activity.
Currently, garlic is used for reducing cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk, as well as for its antineoplastic and antimicrobial properties. good for cleaning the blood!

Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate — a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. The garlic was supposed to confuse the evil spirits and cause them to lose their way.

and vampires!

Plus the rather obvious point that its delicious and is hard to imagine cooking a meal without lobbing in at least a few cloves