Seed list 2014 – part 3 – brassicas

This third article in the series on our seed list looks at brassicas, a family that I am generally not quite so keen on, which is a little unfortunate as this family offers a wide range of vegetables that are very nutritious and often available in late winter and early spring when little else is… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 3 – brassicas

Sowing continues

This weekend we avoided the gloomy weather and made more under cover sowings. Down the centre of our polytunnel is a four foot wide bed, which we use for general planting of crops including beans, peas, sweetcorn, saladings, and so on. At this time of year, it is warm enough, especially under cover, to make… Continue reading Sowing continues

Seed list 2014 – part 2 – alliums

This second article looking at the varieties we plan to sow in the coming year covers alliums: onions, shallots, garlic, and leeks. I make several sowings of onions, shallots and garlic. The first sowing, from sets, is at the end of the season, late autumn or early winter, to overwinter in the polytunnel. I have… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 2 – alliums

Seed list 2014 – part 1 – root crops

I am sure I am not alone in feeling like a kid in sweet shop when it comes to browsing seed catalogues and preparing sowing plans for the coming year. Long before we even broke ground here I drew up a ‘shortlist’ of seeds that I thought would make a good starting point. This shortlist… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 1 – root crops

First sowings of the year: peppers, chillies, and aubergines

Whilst the main plot is too cold and too wet for planting, and the polytunnel is not much better, it is nonetheless time for the first sowings of the year. Peppers, chillies, and aubergines hail from warmer climes, and benefit from a long growing season so need to be started early in the year. Chillies… Continue reading First sowings of the year: peppers, chillies, and aubergines

Vitopod propagator: first impressions

Early February is an ideal time to sow chillies, peppers, and aubergines, which typically take a few weeks to germinate and benefit from a long growing season to ripen their fruit. Towards the end of February or through March, the tomatoes can be sown, followed by the cucurbits: summer and winter squash, cucumbers and melons.… Continue reading Vitopod propagator: first impressions

Planting early potatoes

The usual time for planting the first early potatoes is perhaps mid March to April, with a first harvest around mid summer. One can, though, try to produce a small crop earlier in the year provided the shoots are protected from frost damage. Since installing the two large glasshouses against their south facing wall, we… Continue reading Planting early potatoes