January 23, 2012 Leave a comment
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
It’s nearly February!!!! So it’s time to think about what crops we want where, to give in to my daughters desire for flowers and get out in the garden and be an Earth Mother.
I quite like the planning bit, given a cup of coffee and a quiet hour to work out what we are planting, where and when it needs to go in.
This year I have been much aided by Sutton Seeds, as a bit of a novice to the gardening world, I have found their seed packaging to have been most helpful. (Yes, it’s all down to the packaging, clever people!) We don’t have an allotment, just some large vegetable boxes and this year we are enlarging one of the side beds for a bit of extra room, plus potatoes & tomatoes in large bags… It’s quite a lot of space when you add it up! But it is area restrictive, so the fact that Suttons clearly label their seeds so well is a win/win for us.
I am of the attitude that if you can’t eat it, don’t grow it, vegetables have such lovely flowers that I don’t feel I need to cultivate flowers for aesthetic purposes, my 5 year old daughter is of a different mind, she badly wants LOTS of flowers, so we let her choose some seed packets, I told her to look out for the packets that said “Easy To Grow” but we will see.
We have a bed in the garden that is along the edge of the Koi pond, during the summer we can’t see it from the house due to the mammoth trampoline, just now it can be seen and will be until after Easter, so we had a bit of fun choosing Spring flowering bulbs; snow drops, crocus, daffs, tulips and the like, all dwarf varieties but in a few weeks we should see a splash of colour.
My hands were shaking from the cold a little there…
So we have begun, right now the potatoes are Chitting. I’ve gone for First Earlies and a Main Crop this year instead of our usual just first earlies, mainly because I love digging up the spuds and they taste so much better!!!
My next job is digging the hell out of the bed!