Friday, 29 January 2010

And briefly........

60 Geraniums sown today.

Tomato count is 12.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

First Tomato Up

Six days after sowing.

Who needs expensive propagators?

Monday, 25 January 2010

Slow progress

Weather still a bit on the cool/wet side, sun only shines when I can't make it to the plot due to other commitments.

Only made one serious visit so far, but managed to give the blackcurrants a much needeed hair cut.

Out of the 20 "Nautilus" cauli seed sown, I've got 21 come up! Appears I dropped two seeds into one cell.

Other things on today, but forecast not too bad for rest of week then tied up with other things over the weekend, so the weather's bound to be good if I can't get down.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Tomatoes & Peppers

Unable to contain myself for much longer, I've sown my tomatoes intended for the greenhouse,(Shirley) and some sweet & chilli peppers.

These I've placed in my expensive propagators.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Nearly forgot as it's not food related. Sowed the sweet peas yesterday as well. They're in the cool (as opposed to cold), greenhouse. There's just enough heating in this one to keep the frost off and I can wind it up if need be for seedlings & tomato plants.

Which reminds me, this time last year I'd sowed the tomato seed, so I'd better get a move on, although there's plenty of time stll.

Visit to plot

Popped up to the plot yesterday, too wet to do any real work on it, but managed empty the horse poo out of the bags now that they'd thawed out and also took some of last year's old compost up there & put in a small raised bed.

One of the other plot holders up there does this and he plants some spring onions in it very early, which he starts in modules. Thought I'd give that a go.

Brought home a sack of Sarpo Mira spuds which had been stored in the shed. Thankfully they seem to have survived the frost & look very wholesome, more so than some of the other varieties which have a load of slug holes.

If it's a decent day tomorrow, may pop up to do a bit of tidying & trimming, heavy rain forecast Wednesday & Thursday.

Friday, 15 January 2010


Thought I'd updated this a few days ago to say nothing much had happened, particularly in the recent weather apart from a few raids to harvest the veg. Appears the post went into the black hole, or more likely I hit the wrong button. Currently have sprouts, cabbage, carrots, parsnips and an odd swede in the plot. Sprouting brocolli to come.

Was in two minds whether to continue this blog or not, as a lot will be a repeat of last year, but have been persuaded by one of the guys on AVG. For some strange reason, he finds it useful - probably from a what NOT to do point of view.

Have started off some spanish onions given to me, along with "Nautilus" caulis and some Winter Gem lettuce. All are starting to come through.

Not to hit the "Publish" button and hope this one makes it!