The sun is shining down here in Cornwall, and along with it comes the sort of evening that are best spent with sleeves rolled up digging in the garden or allotment, planting and pruning the seeds that you’ll soon get to harvest and prepare on your stove.
If you’ve got the garden space or access to an allotment, growing your own vegetables is a great way to become self-sufficient, save a little money and lessen your environmental impact too. It’s a part of many different outdoor-loving subcultures, from preppers and survivalists, who grow their own veg to be fully off-grid and self-reliant, to permaculture buffs and anyone concerned with becoming a little more connected with their food and their planet.
April is a good time for planting as the frosts have (hopefully) gone, so we’ve got together a quick list of some great things to plant this month.
Tomato plants. You can start to sow tomato plants under cover or in a green house, and replant outside once all the frosts have definitely passed.
You can sow beetroot seeds outdoors now. They should be ready for harvesting around 90 days from planting.
Herbs like dill, chives, coriander and parsley can be sown in pots indoors or planted directly into the soil.
Sow carrots in rows straight into the soil. Make sure the soil is kept nice and moist for the best chance of germination.
Spring onions sown directly into the soil will be ready for harvesting in 6-8 weeks.
If you don’t have any garden space, you can plant watercress seeds in a well-watered container on your patio.