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JOBS FOR THE MONTH: ON THE VEG PATCH

TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN MAY BY JOYCE RUSSELL

Pictures: Ben Russell

10 MINUTE JOBS

TAKE A WALK AROUND

A daily garden tour will help you spot problems before they really get started. Add a support or replace ties where needed; nip off discoloured leaves; watch out for pest damage; and enjoy the beauty of the May garden while you are wandering.

MAKE SUCCESSIONAL SOWINGS

Sow rows of salad leaves and lettuce every three or four weeks until the end of September. This will ensure there’s a continuous supply of tasty fresh leaves. Remove large, bitter plants in the knowledge that more rows of young ones are ready to replace them.

THIN OUT CROWDED SEEDLINGS

Carrot, parsnip and beetroot seedlings will be a few centimetres tall at this stage and they are probably crowded in the rows. Pull weaker seedlings to leave carrots and beetroot at 8cm (3in) apart and parsnips around 15cm (6in) apart if you want to grow decent-sized roots.

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About Kitchen Garden Magazine

Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY TREE ✪ Nurseryman David Patch extols the virtues of this beautiful tree fruit FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON ✪ Biodynamic gardener Julie Moore investigates the true cost of our demand for seasonal food YOMPING YAMS ✪ Yams are a mainstay in hotter climes, but Sally Cunningham reveals one that can thrive in the chilly UK And much more!