How to plant 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
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Radishes

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.


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 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 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 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.


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.