So much for the weather improving – it’s been wet, wet and a bit more wet this week (and forecast even more wet over the Easter weekend).
The ground is far too wet to dig, so I had a rummage through my tub of seeds to sort out what I can plant once the weather improves (again)…. here’s my Six (seeds) on Saturday!
- I’ve grown herb fennel on the allotment for years. I planted it next to the compost bin in the hope the aniseed smell would cover any pongs when the compost bin lid is removed! However, I’ve never grown bulb fennel, so this will be an interesting experiment!
- I know I bought a pot of sweet peas, but this packet of seeds is left over from a previous year. I’ve tried growing sweet peas from seed before, but it’s never been successful (the loo roll tubes got so soggy it all disintegrated before the seeds had germinated!). Maybe this year I might get on better….
- Runner Beans are a standard sight on our allotment. We usually plant two long rows of them, but during the last couple of years the bamboo canes kept falling over with the weight of the plants. This year we’re planning two long rows again, but this time we’ll only join the bamboo canes together for half of the row, so if one end starts to fall over, it shouldn’t pull all of them over…. I hope!
- Our local council-run allotment site allows 25% flowers (including wild flowers), but that limit only counts non-edible flowers…. Nasturtiums flowers are edible (although I admit I’ve never tried them!), so these seeds will be going into my flower patch to work as some ground cover, and also to attract the pollinating insects.
- This packet of green manure was probably bought a couple of years ago. It’s a good idea in theory, to grow something which can then be dug in to help improve the soil…. but I think we left it too long before digging it in when we tried before.
- And finally, I had totally forgotten we had this packet of seeds! I’ve never tried growing Rocket before, and I think it was the name Dragon’s Tongue which attracted me to this one. Apparently they can be grown indoors as well, so I might try sowing a few seeds in a pot on the windowsill as well as sowing some on the allotment.
Here’s hoping for some dry weather after Easter, so the soil will be suitable to dig! Don’t forget to check out the Propagator’s Six on Saturday and read through the comments section for more blogs to check out!