Q: Is it safe to start planting potatoes, given the current wet weather and ground conditions? AR, Newport
A: Wait until mid April before planting your potatoes otherwise they can be damaged by a late frost. You can buy your potatoes now, keep them cool and dry and expose them to sunlight before planting,this is called chitting.
Q: I never seem to have much luck with carrots - they always end up sparse and tiny. What advice can you give for increasing yield and size? NG, Cwmbran
A: Carrots prefer a lighter soil. Fork the ground over to produce a fine tilth and remove any stones. Rake and water the bed. Mix the seed with sand and sow thinly in rows onto the bed then cover with a thin layer of compost. Plant some spring onions with them to confuse the carrot fly. Choose a reliable main crop variety like Autumn King. Keep the bed well watered.
Q: Is it too late to start forcing rhubarb and if so, what is the best time of the year to begin this process? RM, Chepstow
A: Force Rhubarb in January or February. The plants need to be well established. Force them every other year to keep the plants strong.
Q: What is the best time of the year to use grass seed or does it not matter? LT via Facebook
A: Grass seed needs warmth to germinate so any time between March and September.
Tips for the week:
Sow Broad Beans,Cauliflowers and Celery under cover.
Divide Snowdrops (if necessary) after flowering.
Plant garlic shallots and onion sets.
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