Free seeds from the BBC Dig In Campaign
It’s time for the BBC Dig In: Grow Your Own campaign again!
We took part last year and were sent five packs of seeds: carrot, beetroot, tomato, squash and lettuces. The biggest success were the carrots and beetroot. I have clay soil so made up a container especially for the carrots containing compost, sand and some grit. They thrived and we were eating carrots for many months. The lettuces didn’t grow at all. In hindsight I think they were in an area that was too shaded.
The squash grew beautiful large plants which produced no fruit. And the tomato; well I don’t know what happened to that, but I’ve been growing tomatoes for as long as I can remember, so they must have died from neglect.
This year the seeds are slightly different. We’ll be getting french beans, salad, carrots, courgettes and basil and the BBC Dig In website is ready to help with all sorts of tips and advice.
There’s a gardener’s calender to let you know what to do each day. Today is the day to prepare the beds (check) and plant tomato seeds (waiting to get potting compost) apparently. You’ll also get plenty advise during the growing and harvesting season about how to get the most from your veg and recipes to try. There are videos and pdfs to download as well as advise from gardening experts.
All in all it was a great scheme last year and we can’t wait to ‘dig in’ to 2010!
What about you – what are you growing this year? In addition to these veggies, we’ll be planting potatoes, kale, beetroot, broad beans, parsley and watercress. I always tend to take on too much, but this year I’m scaling back. I’m grassing over 3 of my beds and having just one…
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