I keep reading about people getting on with tidying up their allotment or sowing seeds and it would seem that most people have done something towards the new gardening season. I've tried to hold off sowing seeds and it's still too cold for me to do much on the plot, but it's really difficult when all you want to do is get your fingers in the compost, so on Sunday, I made a start.
First of all, I popped my three dozen onion sets in to modules to give them a start. I'm growing Sturon, a popular variety which seems to do well.
I was going to leave it at that but I couldn't resist opening a packet of seeds and starting something off, so I decided on leeks. There's nothing much to see here yet but I'm hoping that by sowing early, it will encourage me to get them planted out this year instead of leaving them to languish in the plant pot like they did last year. Consequently, I haven't had any leeks to harvest and they're a wonderful vegetable in the winter months.
My potatoes had already been set out to chit. I pop them in seed trays and they sit in the conservatory, which isn't heated but is frost free, until it's time for them to be planted. These are the tubers I picked up from a garden centre on my way to Harlow Carr a couple of weeks ago, three each of Sherine, Vales Emerald and Bonnie.
These are just some of the Arran Pilot tubers which I bought from the allotment shop. I bought half a stone, so a little over 3kg, for £2.25, a very good price.
I thought that by making a start, it would quell my urge to really get going on the sowing front but I'm not sure it has, perhaps the seed packets will be out again very soon.
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