We don't use many onions so I've decided to cut down on what I grow this year. I've always found red onions tricky to grow so I'm going to give them a miss, and we always end up with far more shallots than we actually use so I shall give them a miss too. I've decided to grow just three dozen Sturon onions. I picked up the sets from a local garden centre where they sell them loose, I like to buy them this way so that I can pick the number I want as there's always too many in the pre packed nets, however, they cost me £1.72 which I think is quite expensive considering I could have bought a net containing more onions cheaper. I shall remember in future.
We stopped to have a look in a garden centre we were passing on the way to Harlow Carr at the weekend. I'm glad we did as they were selling lots of different potatoes by the tuber. I know they sell them this way at potato days but I've never come across them being sold like this in a garden centre before. I've got my Arran Pilots on order and I'd like to get some Anya too, they didn't have any for sale in this particular garden centre, but I thought, seeing as they were selling them loose like this, I'd pick up a few extra tubers to try. I went for Sherine and Vales Emerald, both first earlies, and Bonnie, a second early. I bought three tubers of each so nine in total and they cost £1.32 which I think is very reasonable considering that some garden centres sell packs of five for £1.50.
I didn't grow any dahlias last year but I've fancied growing Bishop Of Llandaff for quite some time now so I treated myself to a tuber. I shall grow this in a container on the patio.
I need to get the onion sets in to modules so that they can get an early start before being planted out on the plot, and the potatoes will be set out to chit, but I'm still holding off sowing any seeds yet. My fingers are itching to get in the compost though.
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