Life Home & Garden

Friday 13 December 2019

Q:

Marie Staunton by Ronan Lang
Marie Staunton by Ronan Lang

Q: I've caught the bug for growing my own vegetables. What can I plant now?

A: This is the time to start the broad beans. Sow the seed now outdoors in drills and they will put on a bit of growth before the winter takes hold. They will sit there until spring and once they feel the heat, they will take off again like a rocket. These autumn sown broad beans will be ready to harvest around May. Autumn garlic can be planted now and make sure you get an autumn variety. I've had great success with a variety called Messidrome. Grow them in raised beds if you have a heavy soil. Split the garlic bulb on the da and plant each clove about 20cm apart, just a couple of centimetres below soil level.

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