Take your pick as both apply. I have been working in the garden so I’m not quite sure why my blogging hasn’t kicked back in, it’s always slow at the start of the year and over Winter, when everything goes into hibernation but by now I’m usually back into the swing of regular posting. I suspect it’s partly that I know (after growing here for 4 years now) kind of what I’m doing so I spend less time reading up on-line and in gardening books and therefore less time learning new processes and recording them, not that I know everything, far from it and the good thing is it means this blog is working well as a record as I simply check on what I was up to last year and follow the same.
This is the ‘trolley’ in our kitchen, you can imagine how popular I am, especially as this mess tends to be there for most of Spring as I try to get all my seeds organised and planted out, I’m generally a bit behind but happy with that, I’d rather plant direct this year, when possible.
And so, here are a few things I’ve missed putting down on virtual paper, for the record.
Things that survived the Winter
Planted back in September’s Autumn Planting post, is was the only thing that did take, everything else failed to germinate or died soon after due to a general lack of proper care, tut, tut!
Herbs ‘Thyme’, ‘Parcel’, ‘Winter Savory’ and ‘Mint’.
Although they look a bit scrappy in their pots, they are hanging on in there.
Carrots ‘ Nantes’
Now, these have rather taken me surprise, there were some left in one of the huge containers I planted them in (to avoid carrot fly – which worked like a treat) and although they lost all their top foliage in the snowy Winter we had, the carrots underneath are perfectly fine. I know because Charlie digs them up to eat each time we are in the veg patch, the container is a great height for him to ‘play’ in.
Kale ‘Cavalo Nero’
Again, a crop from last Summer which I simply never got around to pulling up and composting when it got past it’s best. I’m glad I didn’t as it has sprung back to life and all 5 plants are producing nice new leaves from the top, in fact some are sprouting so well from the bottom, I think I might trim them down and see if they can keep going..
I couldn’t dig these due to frosty ground and only a few had germinated so they are still there and I forgot about them, they are now comedy giant parsnips.
Things I’ve planted that I forgot to tell you about
The new batch of shallot French ‘Longor’ were put into their beds a few weeks ago. As per the instructions from 2009, the sets have been planted in rows about 30cm apart, with 7 sets per row (my beds are 120cm wide) and the tops just poking out. They are looking nicely settled although I’ve had to net them to make sure the cat doesn’t see a litter tray opportunity. These are so worth it as we haven’t bought shallots since the first year I grew them and they need so little care, although we do normally have onions in the veg patch as an additional supplement.
I sowed some Broad Bean ‘Super Aquadulce’ a few weeks back indoors and these have now been planted out. I didn’t bother to do an Autumn planting as quite frankly in past years the final plants have always ended up a bit scrappy, it’ll be interesting to see how this early Spring sown version differs.
In a completely separate note, the Spring flowers are finally coming into their own, it always amazes me how quickly they go from green shoots to full blown blooms so (fingers crossed) there will be some pretty pictures to go with the next post and finally a bit of colour in the garden, for now here is the Fritillaria imperialis which is flowering for the first time for a while, I’ve been getting blind bulbs so I’m very happy to finally see some blooms 🙂