Sunshine, Snaps, Seeds and Sowing
The sunshine was wonderful and when we got back I got out in the garden. Just a day to be outside. I tried cleaning the paths with a horrible chemical concoction. It didn’t really do very much and I shan’t be buying it again. I ended up using the hoe and scraping the brick parts with that. That seemed to work pretty well. Then I planted out the broad beans which are growing away strongly now. The tomatoes aren’t up yet.
I read recently that you get a bigger crop if you grow potatoes in an 8 litre container, using just 1 tuber. So I’m going to try that this year. I have tried growing them in an inside out compost bag, but when I tipped them out at the end of the season, they were very dry, even tho I thought I had watered them a lot. It might work better in a smaller container. I have tried growing them in the garden too, but didn’t have much success there either.
Twice I have made a vegetable seed order, then, when they haven’t turned up, I have checked my email and can’t find the confirmation, even tho I know I had one. I have just ordered it again. Am behind now with sowing runner beans, pole beans and courgette. I prefer to order online as there is a much better selection of varieties, including Pink Fir Apple potatoes, which are expensive to buy in the shops, and really tasty. I try and grow things that are much better straight from the garden, like runner beans (have you ever bought a decent runner from a shop, much too big, so stringy, and old as well). Or things that are very expensive. I have had to give up on purple sprouting broccoli, which is wonderful fresh from the garden, and very expensive to buy. But the cabbage white butterflies are a complete nightmare here, hundreds and hundreds of them.
I also used to grow sweetcorn in the old house, but we just don’t have enough room here to grow that. I do Brandywine tomatoes, a heritage variety with the most spectacular flavour, plus Tigerella, a stripy ordinary sized one, also with smashing flavour, and then a cherry one, like Moneymaker. I can cram 3 of each variety in my small greenhouse and get a fantastic crop year after year.
I have some salad leaves growing which will go out in the garden in a while. The watercress is starting to get away now under the greenhouse benches and the radishes in a big box are beginning to fill out.
I just love this time of year
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 meal plans, most are for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are for 1, or 4 people