It’s been quite a while since I posted an update but as the weather gradually warms up things are starting to take shape in the greenhouse and at the allotment. At the start of the week I finally got around to planting my remaining maincrop potatoes at the allotment. In addition to my usual favorites ‘Desiree’, ‘Pink Fir Apple’ and ‘Kind Edward’ varieties I’ve decided to also try ‘Highland Burgundy Red’ which has very unusual pale red flesh.
Also this week, I’ve made my first direct sowings of Peas, Mangetout ‘Shiraz’ and Broad Beans ‘Imperial Green Longpod’. Every year I try to add at least one new (and hopefully unusual) fruit bush to the allotment and earlier this Spring I added two Honeyberry (Lonicera Caerulia) bushes. These produce large blue edible berries which are somewhat similar in taste and texture to Blueberries.
One of the disappointments of last years growing season was that quite a large proportion of the leafy salad crops I grew unfortunately went to waste. This was partly due to them frequently being snacked on by hungry slugs but also regrettably because they were not all that convenient to harvest each day from the allotment. To try and remedy this, I’ve added a new raised planter in the back garden which I’m going to use solely for growing salads. After filling it with compost and sowing the first seeds a couple of weeks ago, it’s now starting to fill with plenty of tasty looking leaves.
To hopefully have interesting salads throughout the Summer I’ve sown a range of salad crops including Rocket, Mizuna, Mibuna, and a range of different lettuces.
As is usual for this time of year both the greenhouse and every available windowsill indoors is packed full of seed trays and propagators filled with tiny seedlings.
I’d love to know what everyone else has been sowing, growing or harvesting this week. So please let me know please in the comments or via Twitter.