Days have been getting longer, the sun has been shining, and tiny tree buds have officially been spotted in parks and gardens. We are swiftly heading into early spring and it is the perfect time to get out into your outdoor space and give it a little bit of TLC.
If you have ever thought about creating your own vegetable patch, then make 2021 the year and this is the perfect moment to get started. If you are willing and able to devote a slice of your lawn, then why not add a few raised beds for veg? You can buy these online and a these can be very easy to assemble, with some models simply slotting into each other without any need for screws or power tools. However, you can also grow vegetables in window boxes, pots and patio containers. Or why not take the plunge and look into getting an allotment? A lot of these require for you to be put on a waiting list, however, at the time of writing, there were actually a few allotments available to rent in my local West London area.
If you do decide that a kitchen garden is the way to go, if you are already a longtime devotee, midway through February, the soil is starting to warm up which means that you can pop on your gardening gloves and get cracking. Hardy varieties of peas and broad beans can be sown in rows directly in the ground to get an early crop and who doesn't simply love crunching on a pea, freshly popped from its pod? You can also get going with sowing spring onions and cut and come again salad varieties.
February is also a the best month for popping in your garlic and shallots. The National Allotment Society recommends planting these with a trowel into a seed bed rather than pushing them into the ground.
Whatever you decide to plant, just have fun with it and take it as a great opportunity to get outside, move and take a few hours to re-balance and refocus, away from the stresses of every day life. And what a bonus if you get some lovely homegrown produce at the end of it!