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How to plant vegetables

Compost for growing vegetables

To get the most from your vegetable crop this season prepare the soil with a generous layer of Mr Muck's organic horse manure compost, it's great for all vegetables!

Broad beans

Broad beans will benefit from Mr Muck's manure, sow in late Autumn to early Spring. Make a shallow trench 1 1/2 inches deep and 6 inches wide, add a layer of Mr Muck's manure and sow 2 staggered rows in the trench spacing the beans around 6 inches apart. The trench should be 24inches apart. Harvest as soon as the beans look big enough to eat.

Carrots

Choose an open sunny patch, carrots have a preference for well drained soils. Dig the soil deeply adding Mr Muck's manure at around 2 to 4 inches, removing any stones or debris. If you have heavy clay soil make a conical hole for each plant and fill with Mr Muck's manure and sow the seed on top. Sow at 2 to 3 week intervals throughout the Summer and into the Winter.

Potatoes

Potatoes are easy to grow and will grow well in most conditions but do prefer a light fertile soils so adding a generous layer of Mr Muck's manure will benefit the crop. Dig a trench about 6 inches deep and lay the potatoes in about 12 inches apart with 18 inches between rows. Cover the potatoes with a layer of Mr Muck's manure and then draw the soil up over each row to create a ridge.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes need sunshine so choose a warm spot, they do great in green houses and can be planted straight into a bag of Mr Muck's manure. Water regularly and consistantly once the fruit begins to swell. Pick the tomatoes as soon as they ripen and enjoy!

Turnips

Turnips can tolerate a little shade and prefer soil which retains moisture, if you have a light soil add plenty of Mr Muck's manure to retaine the moisture. Turnips should be sown in situ as they do not transplant well, sow a batch every 2 to 3 weeks for a continuous crop in 1/4 inch deep drills and rows about 12 inches apart. Thin the seedlings as they emerge.

Radishes

Sow radishes in a sunny spot or light shade if the weather is warm. Radishes grow well in Mr Muck's manure, sow the seeds thinly in 1/2 inch drills with 6 inches between rows. If growing in blocks simply sprinkle the seeds over the soil surface and then thin the seedlings to 3 inches apart, the larger varieties need a little more space

For more advice about growing vegetables, fruits and herbs visit the Allotment Vegetable Growing website which includes allotment diaries, photographs and an active forum.

Last Updated: March 15, 2011