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This weekend I have been cleaning and planning in earnest for the growing season ahead. I have ordered my potatoes and any extra seeds that I need to top up my collection for this year. If you would like to join us then read on:
This year I’m breaking out on my own. This summer will be our third here at the cottage and I have a handle on how the sun and seasons work here. I will plan on some frost between now and early April and I have fleece at the ready but I’m taking my cue from other online gardeners and starting my planting season with crops that are hardier in the colder and low light days of Spring. Yesterday I popped a few seeds of each of these into some seed trays:
- Swiss Chard (Bright Lights)
- Winter Pea (Douce Provance)
- Spinach (Reddy)
- Turnip (Tokyo Cross)
- Mizuna (Red Barron)
- Onion(White Lisbon)
- Cucumber (Passandra F1)
- Potatoes (Blue Danube, Red Duke of York)
I’m a sucker for the colour of swiss chard and at the moment I have some over-wintering in the warmer raised beds at the cottage walls. I use the rainbow colours around my veg patch to add colour to all of that green. I have never planted edibles this early so this will be my beanch mark. The weather has been mild this last week and there is always, always a late frost so everything will be under cover. I use cloches until May around here.
Between now and the end of March I will be planting my potatoes and this year I am planning on a raised bed dedicated to these. I was a little sad that I couldn’t get my hands on more of last years Shetland Black heritage potatoes. They were a real treat so this year I opted for trying Blue Danube instead. I have also ordered some varieties in tuber tasting packs from QuickCrop but I now can’t remember what I ordered. It was a spontaneous order while I was on their site. Yes, this happens to me with both yarn and veggies :/
- Scabosia (Caucasica Isaac House)
- Dianthus (Arctic Fire)
- Dianthus (Ipswich Pinks)
- Campanula (F1 Takion Blue)
I’d just like to mention that my foxgloves are from my mother in law’s garden so these are smaller plants from a parent plant and not grown from seed and they are also in my front flower garden away from my veggie patch.
I’m a little behind in planting these annual bedding beauties but I don’t have a heated greenhouse so these babies will be sprouted in a homemade heated propagator and then added to modules once sprouted. These need a lot of care so I do 2-week rotations from now to March with these guys as they need both light and heat which is tricky in these early spring months.
I’m a little behind in planting these beauties but I don’t have a heated greenhouse so these babies will be sprouted in a homemade heated propagator and then added to modules once sprouted. These need a lot of care so I do 2-week rotations from now to March with these guys as they need both light and heat which is tricky in these early spring months. These are filler plants that are part of a planting scheme already in place here when we bought the cottage. All of these plants have done well here and I will be interplanting with some blue delphiniums in a sheltered spot.
Get Up and Grow
How are your garden plans coming along? Are you going to join us? March around here will be the start of our #GetUpandGrow campaign with podcasts from some amazing garden people (As long as I don’t fudge up recording live!) and is as much to get us outside as it is to inspire all of you. Don’t forget all you need is a container and some soil and if you are in the city and stuck for outdoor space IKEA have these amazing hydroponic systems in stock and yes I’m planning on one for our kitchen to see us through winter. How are your garden plans coming along? Are you going to join us? and don’t forget to check us out on all the social sites as @CottageNotebook