It's a good time to try to grow pretty much anything you can get your hands on!
Amaranth, Basil, Bush/Climbing Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Butternut, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chard/Spinach, Cape Gooseberry, Chinese Cabbage, Celery, Chives, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Kohlrabi, Ginger, Globe Artichoke, Leek, Leaf Mustard, Lettuce, Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnip, Parsley, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Sweetcorn, Sweet Pepper, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Tomato, Watercress, Watermelon, Zuchini.
This summer, if there is one new gardening practice to adopt if you haven't already, let it be MULCHING. For those who don't know, this is where you cover all the visible soil in your garden with leaves/bark/wood chips/straw/plant matter, enough so that you can't see the soil beneath.
Mulching has many benefits: It retains moisture, which is going to be vitally important this summer to help keep the soil moist and plants nourished, it prevents the soil from burning and thus preserves the organic matter and life in the soil and it provides extra nutrients to the plants while building the soil at the same time. I will leave you with this thought: Would you stand outside in the sun in one position all day naked without water, sun cream, clothes or shade? I didn't think so. The soil is
similar to our skin in a way, in the sense that the top layer protects what is beneath and is exposed to the elements - it can be burnt by the sun, and when soil burns, the life/organic in the top layer dies, which negatively impacts any plants rooted into it. So as we come into hotter summer days,
when you look around and see exposed earth in your garden and around Harfield, imagine the soil was your skin, and go cover it up with some leaves.