The rain has stopped any progress down the plot for the past few days. Which is a bit of a bother as I really need to finish digging the potato patch to get my seed potatoes in! Also got a pile of red onion sets waiting to be put in. I tried to do a sunny weather dance but it didn’t work and The Small One said it was silly…
So instead, I got those leek seeds in the bigger litter tray. Couldn’t find a smaller one but it turned out that the big one was just right anyway. I sowed 80 leek seeds! The seed packet’s sow by date was last year so I’m not expecting full germination but they will probably all sprout! I asked JJ if he thought 80 leeks was too much. He said yes, but he doesn’t like them so I’m ignoring his opinion 😉
At least I know I have space for them all, and if it’s a bit tight I’m sure I’ll find homes for some of them.
I’ve been drawing out a rough idea of how I want the plot to eventually end up as. The lowest end of the plot (from top corner of shed and down) is quite wet so I don’t plan on putting any veg beds in there. Instead I’ll plant fruit bushes, flowers & herbs. I’ll also take my elder and apple trees down to go in the gap just behind the shed. Hopefully I can use chamomile as a ground cover inbetween stepping stones. There will also be a bench and compost bins. I’m going to build a permanent bean pole ‘tunnel’ over a path leading to the shed door. The rest of my plot will be 4x14ft beds with patio slabs or flat stones inbetween. I don’t plan on building raised beds at this stage. Well, here’s a picture of my drawing. It’s not quite what I’ve got in my head and it’s definitely not to scale, but you get the idea!
One of my ‘Black Tuscany’ kale seeds have germinated, in just the past couple of hours in fact!
This is what I have sowed so far
Courgette ‘Black Beauty’ (no sow by date on them)
Leek ‘Autumn Mammoth 2 Tornado’ (sow by Jan 2012… hmmmm)
Dwarf French Bean ‘Castandel’ (best before on these for July 2015)
Cabbage ‘Ormskirk 1 Late’ (sow by Dec 2012)
Broccoli mixed Purple Sprouting (sow by Dec 2011… oh dear. Keeping my fingers crossed, really do love this veg)
Kale ‘Black Tuscany’ (sow by Aug 2011. Ha ha! The oldest of the lot and the first to germinate!!!)
What I hope to sow this year if I can get the allotment ready in time
Red Pointed Cabbage ‘Kalibos’ (sow by Aug 2012) would love to make a sauerkraut out of this cabbage!
Mixed Leaf Salad (sow by Jun 2013) will sow this in the greenhouse most of the year
Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ (no sow by date) only 12 seeds left 😦
Calabrese ‘Aquiles F1’ (sow by Dec 2012) if I don’t get these sowed by May then I’ll make sure to in September for harvest May 2014
Carrot ‘Autumn King 2’ (sow by Jun 2013) The Small One really wants to grow carrots, hopefully get them in at some point
Lettuce ‘Winter Density’ (sow by Dec 2011) Another hmmmm
Spring Onion ‘White Lisbon Winter Hardy’ (sow by Dec 2012) One for the end of the year
Cucumber ‘Fatum’ (sow by Dec 2013) And again for the greenhouse. This is a mini cuc that I thought I’d try as I haven’t got much room in the greenhouse – it’s a walk-in plastic one. This was before I got the plot but would still be fun for The Small One to have mini cucs (mind you, he’d get through a whole one if you gave him a chance!)
All the DT Brown seeds and some others were bought when I had my last allotment plot! So glad I kept them, just hope they come to something now!
There’s also various herb seeds, such as coriander, basil, oregano and lemon grass that I’ll keep back for now until I’ve done the flower, fruit & herb patch.
Oh, here’s my collection of flowers. I would LOVE to finally get these going!
Cottage garden mix, Sunflowers, Delphinium, Geum, Aquilegia, Aster, Cornflower, Hollyhock and Lupin. I’ve never really grown flowers so I’m looking forward to a splash of colour!
Wow, I am chatty today! You can tell it’s a rainy Sunday!