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Gardening Tips for May 2017

It is the time to plant:

– Angelica seeds
– Broad Beans seeds
– Beetroot seedlings
– Cabbage seedlings
– Carrots seeds
– Cauliflower seeds
– Celery seeds
– Chinese Cabbage seedlings
– Chives seeds
– Collard seedlings
– Dill seedlings
– Horseradish seeds
– Kale seedlings
– Lettuce seeds
– Mint seeds
– Mizuna seeds
– Mustard green seeds
– Onion seeds
– Oregano seedlings
– Parsley seeds
– Peas
– Potato seeds
– Radish seeds
– Rocket seeds
– Spring Onion seedlings
– Swedes/Rutabagas seeds
– Sweet marjoram seedlings
– Swiss Chard seedlings
– Thyme seeds
– Turnip seeds
– Watermelons

Support peas with twigs, branches or twine and give a light side dressing or liquid fertiliser.

Not Crazy about using Bone Meal or Blood Meal?

There are various alternatives to enrich your soil with phosphorus.

Make your own compost: This is the cheapest and easiest way to feed your plants and it’s a great way to recycle kitchen scraps.

Alfalfa Meal, Flax Seed Meal, Cotton Seed Meal and Soy Meal are all packed with nitrogen.

Kelp extract – It’s packed with micronutrients. (You may want to double-check the ingredients before you buy as some companies mix this up with other products like fish.)

Green manures/nitrogen-fixing plants – Wheat, oats, rye, vetch, or clover are fast growing plants and can be grown and worked into the soil before planting your seeds/seedlings. These crops can absorb nutrients that would otherwise be leached, and these nutrients are then returned to the soil when the crop is tilled under.

Epsom salts : An excellent source of magnesium,  it encourages green foliage.

Seaweed – Fresh, liquid or meal , it has lots of potassium and other trace elements.

Beneficial Microorganisms – Beneficial microorganisms work harmoniously with plants to increase nutrient availability in the soil, root formation and insect resistance.

Vermiculture or Vermicastings – Worm castings increase soil fertility and structure.

Mulching suppresses weeds and creates an excellent environment for worms. It also feeds the soil as it breaks down.

Compost teas are nitrogen rich.

Organic Planting Recipe

When planting anything from annuals to trees, you can use this recipe made in a bucket.
Briefly dip the roots of each plant into it, or spray it onto the root ball.
Mix the first 3 ingredients in one pail and after dipping the plant, rub the fungi onto the roots separately.
Amounts will change depending on the product you buy. Make sure you get products allowed in organic gardening and follow the instructions on the label.

Water – 3.8 liters
Sea Minerals – 5 Tbsp
Liquid seaweed – 5 Tbsp
Endo/Ectomycorrhizal Fungi – 5 ml per plant

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