It's still too damn wet to do anything there properly so I've gone through my seed stash and decided what to grow this year, what I'm abivalent about and what not to bother with. The 'not bothering with' list is the shortest -
- swede (just won't grow in the soil properly),
- tomatoes (blight every time so not bothering again),
- sweetpeas (too many greenfly),
- broad beans (ditto),
- Swiss chard (grows well but pretty underwhelming flavour - pretty colours though, but no),
- sweet peppers (until I get a proper glass greenhouse, these just don't work for me).
- Dwarf Yellow Beans (prolific but got dry and leathery very quickly),
- Mange Tout/Sugar Snap Peas (I grew both intermingled but only liked the flavour of one - seemed a lot of effort for not too much reward),
- Red Cabbage (rubbish yield this past season, not much better season before),
- Garlic (grows well but we just don't use that much in cooking),
- Onions (don't grow very large and cheap as chips in the shops - I know that's not the point but sometimes it's best to be realistic),
- Broccoli (big plants for not many spears, plus mine flowered extremely quickly).
Checking the packets to see what can be sown now, I've taken the risk and sown half a dozen little pots each with Leeks (Musselburgh), Spring Onions (White Lisbon), and three kinds of lettuce - red Lollo Rossa, green Salad Bowl and green Little Gem. You're not supposed to sow any of these until March but I thought I'd experiment with them a bit early and pop them into one of the plastic-houses at the end of the garden. No pictures I'm afraid as they're just too dull. Some dark brown earth in paler brown pots stuck on a gently rusing shelf in a dilapidated plastic-house whose cover has gone brittle in the UV light over winter and split, now held together with brown plastic parcel tape. Not very Cath Kidston, I know, but at least it works!!!