I get very impatient at this time of year and can barely wait until February to start my seeds off. I went through all my seeds last week and there were so many that can be started in February, so yesterday (I know it's still January !) I decided to get started.
I sowed the Broad beans in my root-trainers using a John Innes seed compost. I sowed 12 each of 'Bunyards Exhibition' and the Red variety 'Red Epicure'. Then I planted some Lemon Basil and Sweet Basil and put these on the kitchen windowsill. Also sown were some Bergamot 'Panorama Mixed' they are good for the bees and nice for cut flowers, so I'm hoping that they are as pretty as they look on the packet.
I also got my order in to Victoriana Nurseries. I ordered a Tayberry called 'Buckingham' which is thornless this will be grown in my soft fruit area on the allotment. I ordered some seeds that I had from them last year that were so good I decided to get them again, which are Tomato 'Abraham Lincoln' and Parsnips 'Hollow Crown' both were very successful and delicious.
Also ordered :-
Artichoke plants 'Imperial Star' and 'Romanesco' which will delivered April/May ready to plant out
and 2 x Lemongrass plants ' East India'. I grew my own Lemongrass last year but they never grew large enough for me to get more than a couple of small pieces from, so I decided it's not worth the bother.
Don't forget that Stephen from Victoriana Nurseries is offering 10% discount on orders for readers of my blog, just click on the link on my side bar and your order will automatically get the 10% off.
I went for the first time to the Potato Day in Hampshire on Sunday. It was a last minute decision to go. I was disappointed to find that there was an entry fee of £2 each, so that was £4 before I had even bought any potatoes. However they were only 17p a tuber as opposed to 26p at the garden centre and as I don't grow many ( we don't eat a lot of potatoes) that wasn't too bad. But it cost us more to look at the poatoes than it did to buy them, so probably wont be going again.
I bought 6 x 'Ulster Prince' to try as they looked nice and had a good write up.
6 x ' Chopin' they also looked nice so giving them a try
10 x Inova which is a cross between my favourite 'Nicola' and 'Impala' the man there said they were better than ' Nicola' so thought I'd try these as well. Now to start the chitting !!
So ! there we go the start of a new growing year albeit a bit early, but I couldn't wait any longer. I have to take some kitchen scraps up to the allotment later and whilst there I will check on my brussels and Purple sprouting broccoli (can't wait for that to be ready) the garlic planted last year is growing well and I still have some 'Hollow Crown' parsnips in the ground, oh and some cabbages, I keep forgetting about them as they are hidden under a tunnel.
Have a good week X
Quick mid-week allotment attack
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