I tackled this bed mid-month, hoping that we’d seen the last of frosty nights! The first thing was to clear away all the daffodil and narcissi pots to give access. Second – the temporary removal of the arch. Third, remove everything else and prune the fuchsia cuttings along the wall.
I rescued as many brassica leaves as I could (for our evening meal), then dug everything out, apart from the purple sprouting broccoli. I weeded, hoed to brake up the crust on the soil surface; added loads of chicken manure pellets; added the compost from five growing bags (my failed experiment to grow salad crops over winter), and raked and hoed everything again.
I’ve used a row of bricks to separate the fuchsias from the veg bed, added a ‘fleece’ layer (to start warming the soil) topped of with upturned hanging baskets to discourage cat activity, and replaced the arch in a new position – at the front of the bed where it will – hopefully – allow easier access to peas and beans (and provide some much needed shade while we have our morning coffee – once the beans have grown). All in all, a good morning’s work.
I always have to remind myself not to panic when I see others have sown their vegetable seeds and are even potting them on into larger pots or planning to plant them outside. This post is to remind myself to do things in my own time, based on previous years, as it will all work out in the end. Better late than never, and if something fails, just try again.
Leeks: Lyon (12 cells), Musselburgh (4 cells)
18 February 2021
And after three weeks – LEEKS! Yes, they’re tiny, but they’ve germinated and are growing.
I blame my friend D. It’s her birthday at the end of March and we were chatting (texting) as you do, and I mentioned I had an excess of Boltardy beetroot seeds. So she said I could give her a packet for her birthday – cheap present, I thought.
Then I thought, I’ll just have a quick look at the seed catalogue… I need some herbs and stuff! To distract you – for a moment – from what I ordered, here is D’s birthday card, made by my own fair hands and featuring:
a handy laminated cartoon beetroot (to use as a label)
a packet of seeds (there will be a packet of multi-coloured mixed beets added)
a cheesy greeting (also laminated to mark the other end of the row)
Sowing and growing instructions – adapted (not by me) to suit our own area