New beginnings, by David Patch of RV Roger Ltd
Posted on 3rd March 2017 at 18:57
As the 1st March arrived the other day, it heralded the start of another Spring – traditionally the beginning of the gardening year. David Patch from RV Roger Ltd nurseries gives some practical tips for March
It’s a time when thoughts turn to planting seeds, perhaps old favourites which never fail, or new varieties to be tried out. Here at the Nursery the first sunny days of the month have brought an influx of customers looking for flower and vegetable seed, as the days start to lengthen and the soil gradually warms.
Now is also an ideal time to buy potato sets, and to start them ‘chitting’ (producing short stubby shoots) by setting them out on a warm window ledge.
This is especially important for the First Early types, like Arran Pilot, Premiere or Swift, which all grow well in this area, producing classic ‘new’ potatoes.