Six on Saturday: 9 January 2021

It’s a lovely morning, but after two nights of freezing temperatures and snow yesterday, it’s not safe to set foot outside the door until the ice has thawed. There’s no need risk a broken limb because I took my photographs in advance (on Thursday), though I only went out to fill the bird feeders!

In the Potting Shed, the sweet peas have survived the below zero temperatures. I didn’t want to remove their ‘tent’ so I don’t know if they’ve started to bush out after pinching them out a few weeks ago.

These mixed oriental salad leaves have grown since I last looked at them (New Year). I might pick few leaves later to add to the (bought) Little Gem leaves languishing in the bottom of the fridge.

Frost on a dead sunflower. It may well be hanging its head in shame as no birds have been enticed to eat its seeds.

Another few millimetres on the iris reticulata, but I took this photo because – at last – I got the frost/leaves combo I’d been waiting for.

“Honest, guv, I was just browsing and my finger slipped.” You can’t leave me unsupervised for more than a few minutes before I get into mischief! I emailed my first order of the year to D T Brown last Wednesday.

To be fair, they’re not all for me. The Elephant garlic is for my brother, and he’s having half the Jerusalem Artichokes (pack of 10) when they arrive. The Raspberry is for me, a dwarf one suitable for growing in a container. I love raspberries and look forward to freezing some to enjoy in the winter months. Both the potato varieties are new to me. I’ve not ordered as many as last year, just enough to cope with if conditions mean I can’t go to the allotment again.

I received confirmation and estimated despatch dates within an hour. I did wonder if there would be delays after England’s dramatic rise in the Covid League Tables (or is it a demotion?) but these dates look good to me (all but one by the end of this month. I just need to make a note about the artichokes which aren’t due until March). UPDATE: The raspberry has been dispatched – yay!

As hubbie and I are moving towards a mediterranean diet for health reasons, I thought I’d start early and sow a few Greek basil seeds indoors. They are on my study windowsill (mainly because I already had a pot with compost in it – whatever I’d previously planted didn’t germinate – and the seeds were to hand too). I’m more likely to keep a proper eye on them here.

So what if they shouldn’t have been sown until April. You don’t know if things will work until you try (and it’s only 10 seeds out of hundreds).

Have a good weekend, whatever the weather and your travel restrictions, and do drop in on The Propagator’s blog to see what our fellow gardeners are up to.

25 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 9 January 2021

  1. Brrr! It does look as if it was very cold! The sunflower head certainly shows that! You have a nice selection of salad greens there, which I am sure you will enjoy! I cannot resist ordering new plants or seed either. Have fun planting them all out when they arrive!

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  2. Sweet Peas look good, as does the frosty primrose. Potatoes on order… That’s sensible, and good to try something different. I gow email from DTBrown that they will be unable to dispatch mine, so I’ve needed to order elsewhere.

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    1. I’m trying several perennial ‘veg’ this year – welsh onions, greek basil etc. My allotment bed – if I’m allowed to access it this year – will be for stuff that takes ages to grow – and needs space – but I’ll try the artichokes at home first, so I can keep an eye on them. And they look pretty when they flower – even if they can reach 2 metres. 🙂


  3. Some interesting veg choices there. I have become a big fan of Celeriac in recent years, it makes such a tasty soup. I tried Jerusalem Artichokes and although delicious, I have to say they produce some, ahem, digestive challenges! Maybe the basil can be used to help, it’s great for digestion.

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  4. If I ever get a garden big enough I’m going to grow Jerusalem artichokes, I love them but can never find them in the shops. I’ve grown Anya in the past, a very good choice. My finger also slipped earlier in the week, more seed, we are beyond help! Stay warm and safe. 🙂

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    1. That’s why I’m only keeping 5 from the pack. I’ll try three in large pots/bags and two in the raised beds. They’ll grow too tall for the allotment, unless I remove the netting from the top of one of the rabbit proof cages.

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  5. Ah, someone else who likes Jerusalem artichokes. We love them and I have been trying to convince others on the plots to try them but I am not having much luck. I even found myself telling one person that they are a good crop for grower who is interested in resilience so that if the potato crops fail or run out because there is no food in the supermarkets, he would at least have something to eat. I think I might just have to give in gracefully and accept that no one around me likes them and stop growing so many.

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  6. I’m shocked by the price of that Elephant Garlic – was that for one clove? Granted, the cloves are big but the bulbs only produce 3 – 4 cloves each, big things with one being more than enough for many recipes. I’ve grown it – I’ve allowed it to grow – in the veg patch for a good few years but never use it, never even dig it up, just leave it alone to go on to flowers – a very attractive allium flowers. I never liked the taste, a touch of green cabbage in the flavour. I grow half a dozen varieties but am moving more and more towards just two which I got from a friend in Finland, one an Estonian variety and the other Russian. They produce big cloves also and are especially good for storage.

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