Now is when the garden starts to emerge from its wintry slumber. If the weather is dry enough and not too ‘puggy’ (a great word used to describe sticky, waterlogged soil), try and get on the vegetable plot to dig it over, get rid of any spent foliage and hardy weeds that have survived the winter. Remove any plastic covering the plot, add a good helping of muck to the soil and ‘rotovate’ it in until you achieve a good tilth. Pre-ordered potato tubers can start to be ‘chitted’ in preparation to be planted in the coming month or two. Try and get an early start with tomatoes and cucumbers by sowing these under a bit of heat in the greenhouse. Carrots, spinach, beetroot and radishes can start to be sown directly into the soil towards the end of the month. Before sowing, consider what to sow and plant where. This may save a lot of head scratching later in the growing season. Finish up the stores of last year to make way for this year’s crop, continue to enjoy the planning process and brace yourself for the impending flurry of seeds which will be ready to be sown in the coming months….