That’s what I’m hoping for. And if I do some preparation and planning, and the weather gods decide to play along, then that’s what will happen. Well maybe….
Memo to Self
All that potential…. just imagine it – fresh tomatoes, herbs, salads and greens. Then there is all the fruit to nibble on when you are in the garden. You have to keep your energy up somehow!
What do you want to repeat…. Peas, peas, peas! The climbing peas were fantastic last year, the peppers in the greenhouse were a delight – flavoursome and they grew so well and the summer squash were a new discovery. Let’s try to repeat it
What do you want to do differently or better …… Use the greenhouse space well. Get some early salads off to a good start. Don’t bother with aubergines in the greenhouse, the space is too precious and the flavour difference was not that great.
What will be new… create a new challenge….. There is always something new to try, alongside the firm favourites, whether it’s a different type of vegetable or a different variety. Life is full of potential. Cornichon’s, Yard Long Beans, Romanesco. I’d love to try to grow some lentils (puy), chickpeas and soya beans but need to see if I can get some extra land from the allotment committee. My name is at the top of the list, let’s hope something comes up soon. And maybe, just maybe I’ll throw caution to the wind and try my hand at Sweet Potatoes.
Must do better …..
- Herbs – you never ever manage to grow enough of them. They need to be close at hand, they are lovely in the greenhouse, thrive and help with pest control but aren’t as accessible. Figure it out! Could 2012 be the year of the Curry Leaf? I have some tips to try.
- In April try and remember to sow parsnips, the winter garden isn’t a winter garden without them.
- Try Celeriac again, I like the flavour but what I really want to see is them growing on my plot warts and all, but you will need to water it!
- Broad Beans ….. Pleeeeeaaase, it would be great if you could make an appearance this year. And if we have another dry Spring, be prepared to water them.
- Get fruity! Protect them from the birds, you know in previous years you didn’t net properly. Well do it!
- Pick sweetcorn when it’s ready, don’t be lazy and not do it or the Badgers will get it ALL.
- Keep sowing, small amounts at a time, that way you will have salads all year, won’t have to deal with gluts. Plug the gaps – think a bit more about the leaner times
- Make some early sowings of Pak Choy and other greens for stir frys or salads
- Fennel – was a dud last year. Try and get it right like previous years, and remember to water it
- Before you order and then plant them, consider how many potatoes you eat. Answer is not that many! But do try the TPS again, they are fun
- Sow carrots for an autumn crop. You’ll appreciate it if you do!
- Sow more Butter Beans, you never see them in the shops
- And will I ever get decent heads of Cauliflowers? Not unless you net and water them you won’t!
Can you see a theme appearing? Hum, it’s about remembering to sow seeds and then water plants. I’m a bit of a “treat ’em mean and keep ’em keen” kind of gardener. But sometimes, needs must!
- The soil is in it’s best condition yet, keep working at it. Feed the soil and you will feed your plants. Don’t let up on the manure and mulching. There is always more room for mulching!
- I started to write about and photograph the plot and the veggies, continue it. I now have a garden diary, of some sorts, for the first time in my life.
- Seed saving and swapping got better last year too. Try something new to save seeds from this year.
Pest Control and more companion planting. Yes I can net against pigeons and aphids to a certain extent, but try and remember to sow / plant LOTS of marigolds. And when I say lots and you’ve sown them, sow some more a week later. You known it makes sense. The greenhouse and the cabbages will appreciate them!
Tomatoes grown outside like the Cherry varieties, pleeeeeaaase grow well. They bombed last year and summer isn’t summer without sitting in the garden picking a few tomatoes to munch on while you potter.
Which means we need some heat and warmth in the summer days. So seeing as I’m placing my weather order now, could we have some light rain in the evenings as well?
Show and tell PICTURES – where are they? I’ve created a new page 🙂
Sitting Back looking at 2011 and peering into 2012 …..
And having jotted these notes down, what I realise is that whether or not I’m successful with certain plants, whether I forget some things, if I get others wrong it doesn’t really matter. And this is where I’m fortunate, I’m not relying on my vegetable plot to feed us. I can supplement it with shop bought food. It’s my hobby. So that makes me VERY lucky indeed.
So the garden and the gardening are for my pleasure, to supplement our diets, to eat great fresh food that is organically grown, is full of flavour, often is from an heirloom seed. All of this means I get to enjoy it. And that’s the key. Yes I think gardening is a gene within my DNA and it is something I have always HAD to do, or maybe I should say WANT to do. But essentially it’s an outlet for me, to be outside, to get my hands in the earth, to sow some seeds and watch them germinate, to look after them while they are growing, to eat their fruit and then to compost the remains to be dug back in for compost. A cycle of life and gardening. But often it’s the pauses and the quiet time between the rush of digging, sowing and picking that are the best. The time I get to spend outdoors, the creativity of it all, the positivity that is involved in creating a garden.
For those moments are the happiest. And that’s what I wish for. And not just for me.