Cases of manure contamination are still cropping up see here so it's still important to take care when acquiring supplies. This is especially important in areas where Forefront weedkiller is available.
Garden Direct are offering a range of autumn plug plants
Sunday, February 24
We don't tend to sow many seeds until at least March but some things just can't wait until then and so we took advantage of some good weather to make a steady start.
If you are a follower of Martyn's blog you will have already been tipped off about our progress but at the risk of telling you what you already know I'm going to put my take on things.
The first thing to be given permission to start it's growing journey were the seed potatoes which had been impatiently waiting in the garage. These have been set out to chit but as a bit of protection against frost they have been given a fleece duvet.
The conditions on the plot are just not yet ready to provide accommodation for onion and shallot sets and the ones we had bought were already showing signs that they were ready to start growing so we have repeated last year's technique of starting some in modules to be transplanted later. The shallot sets were an impressive size and so needed to be planted in larger modules than their onion cousins. I haven't planted all the sets - some more may be planted later and some will be planted close together straight onto the plot. Last year this method produced some very useful small onions. We're giving heat treated onions a miss this year. Last year they didn't warrant the higher cost of sets. As the heat treatment delays the delivery date of the sets, last year's were planted a little too late.
We acquired some free onion seed in a magazine and so we are also going to have a go at raising onions from seed. As this will need a long growing season, some seed has been sown and placed under the growing light in a spare room. Also planted are some celeriac and celery seed in yet another attempt to grow these elusive crops. These are also now housed under the growing light alongside the salad and cyclamen seedlings.
I wonder if we will finally manage to achieve a celery or celeriac crop this year?
If you are interested the tabs at the top of the blog point to various pages on my website. Amongst other things here we keep a full diary of our monthly gardening escapades and also log a full list of the seeds sown and crops harvested each month.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 10:56 am