Vegetable Plants - General Guides

Your plants have been quality checked and carefully packed to ensure they reach you in perfect condition. Please unpack the plants as soon as you receive them, and give them a gentle water if they appear to have dried out in transit.

 

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Outdoor Growing Instructions

For best results plant as soon as possible, provided your soil is not waterlogged or frozen and the weather is suitable.
Prepare the site by digging over and incorporating some compost or general purpose fertiliser to the soil.
Most plants should be planted deep enough to cover the roots and firmed gently around the plant.
Leeks should be placed in a hole made with a dibber about 10-15cm (4-6in) deep but should not be firmed. Fill the hole with water after planting and this should be sufficient to settle the plants.
Sweetcorn should be grown in a block rather a row, as this will aid pollination.
Runner beans should be grown with a supporting cane, normally by using four to eight canes tied at the top to form a ‘wigwam'.
Water all plants well after planting.

 

Plant Spacing Guide

Space Between Plants x Between Rows
Brussels Sprouts 60cm (24in) x 75cm (30in)
Autumn & Spring Cabbage 45cm (18in) x 60cm (24in)
Calabrese 45cm (18in) x 60cm (24in)
Winter Cabbage 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in)
Sprouting Broccoli & Kale 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in)
Cauliflower 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in)
Globe Artichoke 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in)
Celery 25cm (10in) x 25cm (10in)
Lettuce 25cm (10in) x 30cm (12in)
Leeks 15cm (6in) x 37.5cm (15in)
Celeriac 30cm (12in) x 37.5cm (15in)
Sweetcorn 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in) Grow in a block, not a row.
Runner Beans 60cm (24in) x 60cm (24in) Grow with cane supports.
Salad Plants 25cm (10in) x 30cm (12in)
Autumn Greens 25cm (10in) x 30cm (12in)
Bunching Onions 10-15cm(4-6in) x 15-20cm (6-8in)

Greenhouse/Protected Planting

As soon as you receive them, pot your young plants into 9cm (3.5in) pots using good quality compost. Grow on in a greenhouse or a warm, bright place, at a minimum temperature of 17.5oC (60oF). Keep moist.

Tomatoes - Once the flowers on the first truss have opened, transplant into large pots, growbags or the greenhouse border. Outdoor varieties must be gradually hardened off and only planted out when all danger of frost has passed.

Peppers - Transplant into large pots, growbags or directly into greenhouse soil before the first flowers open.

Aubergines - Transfer to large 20-25cm (8-10in) pots or growbags. They can also be planted outside in a warm, sheltered area from June onwards.

 

Aftercare

To ensure plants perform well they must be watered regularly to make sure the soil or compost remains moist. This is particularly important for cauliflowers.
Covering with fleece in the early stages of growth will make sure there is no damage from late frosts.
Protect from slugs and other garden pests.
Use of a cabbage collar on brassicas will protect against cabbage root flies laying eggs at the base of the plants.
Over-wintered cauliflowers should be given a nitrogen top-dressing in February.
Greenhouse plants such as tomatoes, peppers etc. will need regular feeding with a liquid feed. A proprietary tomato food is suitable.
In very warm weather, spray greenhouse plants with water to encourage the fruit to set. Avoid doing this when plants are in direct sunlight, during the evening is best.

 

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