Organic Garden Update: Spring Planting Two (Guest Post)

Hello lovely readers : ) I’m Becky, Janet’s daughter, and I’m here today to share with you the second of my guest posts about spring planting. The growing season is really getting underway now, and that means rolling up my sleeves and doing some planting.

This week I’ve been planting radishes and parsnips, using a technique called intercropping. Intercropping is when you plant two or more different crops together, so you can maximise the productivity of your patch. A good tip is to plant a fast-growing variety in between a slower-growing variety, so the fast-growing variety is harvested before the slower-growing variety needs the space. In this case, the radish is the speedy customer, being harvested in only three to six weeks from planting. This means that the radishes are long gone before the parsnips mature.




Parsnip seeds


Radish seeds

If you’d like to have a go, dig a small trench, fill with compost and plant your parsnip seeds 9 inches apart at a depth of about half an inch (see pictures). Then put radish seeds in between where you have planted the parsnip seeds at 3 and 6 inches, sowing at the same depth. Cover all the seeds with compost and then water in.



Trench with compost


Planting parsnip seeds 


Planting radish seeds

Another good tip with parsnip seeds is to try cluster planting. Parsnips are slow growing and have to be planted at a fairly wide spacing, so it’s a frustrating waste of space if a seed fails to germinate. The solution is to thinly sow four or five seeds at each position where you want a parsnip to grow, and then when they germinate, just thin out all but the strongest seedling (“thinning out” just means to pull up all but the strongest plants).

Happy planting!

Love Becky x 

You might also want to check out my earlier post on spring planting, Organic Garden Update: Spring Planting One: http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/organic-garden-update-spring-planting.html

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