Are you staying busy and active during this period of self-isolation? For the past week, I have spent time creating a vegetable plot. It's on a patch of bare ground that I had earmarked for laying to lawn. But I changed my mind because it seems that there might be some shortages of fresh vegetables and fruit in the coming months. A lot of the produce in the UK comes from Europe and the pandemic will clearly disrupt the flow of goods. At home, extensive areas of farmland were badly flooded last month and so may possibly be unproductive for a while. So I took a prudent approach and brought in seed and a polytunnel.
So far I've sown spring onions, radish, beetroot, and perpetual spinach; and planted onion sets.
|1kg Maris Piper seed potatoes, which I will plant next week|
How to Chit Potatoes -
It's not absolutely necessary to chit potatoes but if you do the crop will be a little earlier than if you decide not to.
- Place the flat end of the seed potatoes upright - I use old egg boxes.
- Put the potatoes in a light place for a couple of weeks - a greenhouse, a spare room in the house.