…on my allotment.
It may only be the beginning of February, but being able to find time to get things going in the autumn and early winter is already paying dividends.
At the moment I have a bed of autumn-planted onion sets coming up nicely. Also garlic, planted in December (am I alone in planting this on the shortest day and harvesting on the longest day? no idea whether there’s a good horticultural reason for this, but it certainly helps me to remember to do it).
At the beginning of December I sowed broad beans (Aquadulce Claudia), and then some main crop peas (can’t remember which ones). Both seed-sown under fleece. The broad beans are coming up nicely. I’ve yet to see any peas – maybe the mice have got them all? time will tell.
Its difficult to tell from the photo but two of the beds that look bare here actually have baby onions and garlic coming through.
I also have kale, rainbow chard, and leeks all there for the picking, and some purple sprouting not yet sprouting but looking healthy so promising good things.
But I’m sitting on my hands right now whenever I start thinking about sowing seeds. Too early to start I think. A thought confirmed this morning when I looked out the window to see the dusting of snow that had fallen in the early hours. Later this month will be time enough.
And then there are some reminders of last summer to look forward to enjoying again when summer comes around again.