Long time no see.
Why? Well because I’m rubbish, AND all it’s done here since Christmas is rain…and rain…and rain some more. The road in front of the boys school has been flooded, prompting a welly wade each morning to get in and some interesting driving to get there. We are, however, extremely lucky that our house has stayed warm and dry and (mostly) with electricity, which is more than can be said for many poor folk around here, not to mention all those on the south-west of the UK.
Still, even if I can’t go out and work in the garden (the ground is simply too wet), I can plan, so for the first time this year the seed box has come out so I can see what I hope to grow this year, ideally using up all old seed before buying any new.
Here’s what I’ve got so far (not including succession sowing and in some cases to be started indoors or under cloches):
Tomatoes Brandywine, San Marzano, Tigerella & Ildi
Aubergine Money Maker F1 & Slim Jim
Sweet Pepper Topepo Rosso, Jumbo Sweet F1 Hybrid & Worldbeater
Chilli (I need to buy new seeds, not sure what variety yet)
Artichoke Violette di Chioggia
Cape Gooseberry Giant
Cucumbers Burpless Tasty Green (I will probably add another variety)
Courgettes Black Forest & Zephyr
Radish French Breakfast, Sparkler & Cherry Bell
Broad Beans Crimson Flowered & Super Aquadulce
Kohl Rabi F1 Hybrid
Peas Twinkle, Oasis (you’ve got to roll with it…sorry!), Jaguar, Balmoral & Purple Mangetouts
Herbs Dill, Chives, Garlic Chives, French Sorrel, Thyme, Mint
Swiss Chard Bright Lights & White Silver
Beetroot Pablo & Bolthardy
Spring Onions Welsh Red Stem & North Holland Blood Red
Pak Choi Mei Qing Choi & Rubi
Broccoli Red Arrow & Rudolph & Kailaan No 2
Carrots Yellowstone, Rainbow Hybrid, Purple Haze, Healthmaster & Sugarsnax
Turnip Sweetball & Snowball
Lettuce various varieties
Herbs Thai Basil, Sweet Basil, Winter Savory and many more…
Squash Crown Prince, Sweet Dumpling, Gem/Rolet, Queensland Blue, Turks Turban, Hooligan & Barbara Butternut F1
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Pak Choi Tatsoi
Spinach Perpetual (Leaf Beat)
Kale Cavolo Nero & Red Russian
Herbs Parcel, Cress (Bubbles)
There are also potatoes and I’m sure I’ve forgotten many other things.
April has rather taken over my box, it has been given a section all of its own. As succession seeds are used the packets will get moved to their ‘next’ timing slot (in a feeble attempt to keep up with the sowing).
On a totally random note, look when I found in our small loft space yesterday, that, my friends, is the biggest wasps nest ever! See how happy C is to be holding it.
Since starting this post, a few days ago, we have seen sunshine! Not huge amounts, but enough to cheer the soul, which along with some happy sewing (new Auricula brooches for the shop) has really made the end of this dismal winter look possible. Roll on spring