I nearly wrote 2012 in the title, I keep forgetting we are in a new year.
So, it’s that time again, when I pull out the slightly dusty seed boxes and have a look at what’s in there. In the olden days, the boxes wouldn’t be dusty, as I’d have spent the colder months obsessing about what I’m going to grow, but my early enthusiasm for the garden has waned over the years, partly as my sewing has taken over and also as I try to get grip on the house.
Spurred by recent sewing (spring flower brooches) I feel inspired, and this year, I really want a pretty garden again, and I know it’s not that hard. There are a few rules I need to set myself though, use up all my existing seed and remember that we will be away at crucial points so I HAVE to consider how the seedlings and plants will survive if not watered daily. Also, the usual rule of only plant what we will eat applies, I hate to see precious hours of work end up in the compost heap because I lost the energy to deal with the excess.
Here’s what we have so far, and I’m not saying I will plant all these, just that I have the seeds should I choose to:
Money Maker F1
Aubergine Slim Jim
Jumbo Sweet F1 Hybrid
Hot Stuff x 3
Long Red Slim Cayenne
Violette di Chioggia
Cucino F1 Hybrid
Burpless Tasty Green
Welsh Red Stem
North Holland Blood Red
Mei Qing Choi
Broad Beans (Crimson Red)
Ok, I think that’s enough for now. I also have a ton of salad leaves, more herbs that I’d know what to do with plus some successional peas, but I think they warrant a post of their own.
There are glaring omissions, such as french beans etc but my aim for this year is to use up existing seeds. I’ve also decided to change some of my planting methods, I’m going to go back to having tomatoes, cucumber, chillies, aubergines and melons in the greenhouse. I’ve also ordered a big trough, so I can plant the potatoes (and later salad leaves) away from the vegetable patch in an attempt to avoid early killing from blight. It’ll probably go on the drive, where we get tons of sun and also where the outside taps are so I can lessen my dragging water around should we get another hose pipe ban. I’ll add a second trough if it works and looks nice.
Oh and I planted out the shallots the other day, I put them in much closer together than normal and with their tips sticking out. Look at my kneeler….do you think we might have mice problem 😉
On a slightly separate note, I bought this organic vegetable box with my Ocado order last week. I liked it, we were forced to eat things we wouldn’t normally, for instance cabbage. It’s not that I don’t like cabbage but I’d just normally opt for kale, ideally from the garden. I can imagine the summer boxes are a little more exciting.
Best get out there, it’s frosty but the sky is looking promising for a bright, sunny day and one of my first jobs is to tackle the greenhouse…..oh dear!