Monthly Roundup: February

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I started growing pea-shoots last month, hoping to add the leaves to salads. 

I soaked some more peas for a couple of days.  This worked – up to a point.  Some of the peas sent out the first shoots, others fell apart or rotted.  But I planted what I could, just loosely placing them in with the existing plants.

 

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So far so good.  But I need to grow more.

I spent some time going through my seed collection (to weed out all the out of date seeds).

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And took the opportunity to sort them into date order – ie the earliest they can be sown – so far, most of them are in March!  But they look much tidier now

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and I even drew up a helpful spreadsheet to pin by the potting bench for reference.

Seed Planting Timetable

As for the out of date seeds, I might just mix them together and put them in one big pot and see what happens.

I’ve bought a plastic ‘greenhouse’ for added protection inside my potting shed/greenhouse.  This is a different greenhouse from the one we are going to build.

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At 195 centimetres (6 feet 5 inches) tall, it just fits along the back wall, and is wide enough to take an 84 hole modular propagation tray – shown here currently resting on (clean) cat-litter trays as I didn’t think to buy the matching water trays!

They’ll be OK – I just need to remember not to put compost in the end rows!

And I’ve prepared the raised beds for cultivation . . .

 

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Raised Bed B (Partial Shade)

. . . digging out more stones and adding compost, before covering with a sheet of cardboard.

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Raised Bed A (Sunny)

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The final leeks.  Discarding the two that had begun to grow flower stalks, I still filled three freezer bags with leek slices for use in stews and soup.  I have already sown some leek seeds in my mini-greenhouse.

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In the front garden, sedum Autumn Joy has lots of new growth.  I have three clumps like this and Spring appears to be the best time to divide it.

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Some fresh growth also on my lavender.  Both the sedum and lavender are in the sunniest position – full sun from midday onwards, with a brick wall at their backs and well-draining compost at their feet.DSCF0032

The dark purple crocuses are at their best.  The pale purple are fading and the yellow have disappeared.

 

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Mysterious bulbs removed from my sunny raised bed (none were planted as this is for vegetables only, so I don’t know what it is or how it got there.  They were next to the garlic row, but do not smell of garlic.

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This, on the other hand, is one of the pots of garlic I planted last year.  The birds have begun nest-building and have started taking the grass clippings I used as a protective mulch over winter.

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