28th December – 3rd January on Plot 44

Person Author: Paul1sh Calender January 4, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

In the week that has seen us introduce 2015 the nightly frosts arrived and seem like they are here to stay for a while . On my  brief visits to the allotment I have seen a few fellow allotmenteers pottering about in their sheds whilst all I have been doing is adding kitchen peelings , shredded paper and brown cardboard packaging to the compost heap. The ground with my clay soil hasn’t been suitable for doing any work on although before January is out I know I shall have to dig my bean trenches so that I can completely empty the compost bins ready for the season ahead .

Much of this week I have spent time sorting through my seed collection so that I can plan what and when I will be sowing and also to try out a few ‘new’ vegetables. I have 211 different packets of seeds and these are for both the front and back garden as well as the allotment . I just have to hope I can find space for them all .

I have a terrible habit of collecting seeds too and forgetting to label which variety they have come from . Hopefully this year I will remember to label as I dry out the seeds . I have a tiny 6 feet by 4 feet greenhouse in the back garden in which I dry out some of the seeds I’ve saved it’s also a place where I can sow my seeds without getting too cold.

Here’s a list of my sowings etc. for the past week :

30th Dec 2014 began an experiment with sweet potatoes after being inspired from an article on the SeedParade forum. (https://www.seedparade.co.uk/forum/vegetable-plot/when-start-producing-sweet-potato-runners-1883.html)

31st Dec 2014 Sweet Peas were sown in root trainer seed trays.

1st January 2015 Cress was sown on the kitchen windowsill.

2nd January Shallot seeds and onion seeds (that I had previously saved but forgot to label which varieties they were from.) were sown in plant pots in the greenhouse.

Next week I shall be sowing more from the allium family as well as looking at peppers.

Besides the herbs parsley, rosemary and sage the only other things that I have harvested this week have been chilli peppers from the greenhouse and spinach from the allotment .

The ground’s unsuitable for working on this week at the allotment.

some of the chillies growing in the greenhouse

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