Having just had the “most wonderful time of the year”, Garden Centres are all full of sale merchandise and there are some real bargains. I picked up some Onions (which clearly were Autumn ones which should have been planted a few months ago) but for 20 pence, you can’t complain as if they grow: they’ll grow!
White Onions (just 20p)
So these have been planted and left outside in the garden, in the hope that some further growth and roots will form. Once they have established, I shall move them to a raised bed on my allotment and see how they fare.
Planted up White Onions
And it’s that time of year, when your First Earlies need to be chitted. I have found from previous years, that Potatoes are such an easy crop: basically they grow themselves from a good seed potato and with a few exceptions, there is little that goes wrong with them. In addition, they are reputed to be great at breaking down the soil and adding depth into the soil/ ground: it’s a win-win!
This year I am focusing upon First Earlies as well as Main Crop potatoes as they are ready and eaten early then and of course, the bulk pack I purchased includes some disease resistant varieties which should not be affected by blight (which was an issue on our allotment site in 2016).
The ones which I have started in the little Greenhouse in the garden include: Pentland Javelin, Lady Christl and Rocket First Earlies:
And couldn’t prepare for Spring without planting some Peas. These are a popular allotment plant and indeed, several of the Plot Holders around me have already sown seeds in the ground and have them springing through the soil alongside some Broad Bean plants. I didn’t overwinter and plants so these are new ones for this year.
In addition, some Ambassador Peas were sown, so we shall try and see if we can get a good harvest. I found last year that despite my growing, many of the plants did not do well enough outside and with slug attacks, the pea harvest wasn’t that great! We hope to have a better year in 2017.
I also need to start building up my paper pots (as these I have found, are really easy to transplant to the raised beds and keep the roots protected). These have worked particularly well with Peas so I need to spend an evening making them up!
And even the Christmas Tree will be used down my plot: as mulch for one of the beds after being shredded.