As the weather was so mild on Saturday afternoon I started some work on my little veggie plot. Having a south facing garden it got quite warm and a hot cup of tea helped!
My mum gave me a cloche last year and this has now come in very handy. I had some leeks still growing and because I planted them a bit later, they are still quite small but seem to be growing better than I expected. It was my first attempt at growing them from seed so I may just have a late spring harvest! I planted some rows of Carrot (F1 Maestro) in-between the rows of leeks and have used the cloche to keep them protected. Hopefully I should get an earlier harvest of carrots and it might improve the leeks. I grew the carrots last year and they were very successful but I grew them too late and didn’t have very many!
I also planted 50 Shallots (Red Sun) as my shallots were more successful last year than my main onions, so I’ll give them a miss this year. They kept really well and I prefer them to cook whole in stews and casseroles in the slow cooker. I just hope the birds dont pull them all up today! I will have to make a bird scarer.
This is my second year at growing veg in my back garden and I am looking forward to growing something different this year. With that in mind I decided to have a go at growing beetroot and planted a few rows of seeds yesterday (Boltardy) and a couple of rows of Radish (Scarlet Globe) that I did grow last year and had an opened packet of seeds to use up. I have also started off two rows of Spring Onion White Lisbon in a trough by the garage wall as this area seems to do ok as it must be warm. Last year I bought the seedlings but decided to do everything from seed this year as it cuts down on the cost and its far more rewarding growing it all yourself.
Ann has kindly offered to start of my Celeriac this year and I havwe bought her a packet of seeds. She was very successful last year and gave me 4 seedlings which grew into lovely specimens. We even ate one at Nicola’s house for the gardening club Christmas drinks! So I should have a few more to look forward towards the end of the year.
Enjoy your garden if you are lucky to get out there today.