Here we go again for another year!

Well hello there!

It seems Autumn was such a long time ago and absolutely forever since I wrote my last blog post.

In a way it’s a measure of success because having turned the plot into a no dig garden, once the manure was spread and the beds tucked up for the winter there really wasn’t much to do apart from drink tea!

Through the winter months I’ve mostly been spending my weekends with itchy feet, daydreaming, perusing around garden centres, drawing on a lot of graph paper, scouring seed catalogues and planning for the year ahead. I’m now ready to reveal my plans!

But before I do, I also want to tell you about a couple of projects I’m focussing on this year:

  • Rejuvenate the wildlife garden
  • Continue to focus on growing the rainbow and eating a diverse range of vegetables with high nutritional value
  • Try to reduce the amount of plastic I use which is in fact harder than it seems!
  • Continue to track how much money I’m saving by growing my own

I’ll be writing various posts about these during the coming weeks but for now it seems like the perfect time to show you my plant list. As in previous years I’ve selected varieties based on taste, compact plants for small spaces and those that crop heavily:

Apples

Basil – Sweet

Bay

Beans

  • Runner – Scarlet Emperor
  • French – Cobra
  • Borlotti

Beetroot

  • Bolthardy
  • Deloitte 2
  • Chioggia

Black currents

Carrots

  • Nantes 2
  • Giant Red
  • Purple Sun

Chives

Courgettes

  • Best of British
  • Parador

Cucumber- Marketmore

Framberries

Garlic

  • Elephant
  • Whote Solent

Gherkin – Goblin

Gooseberries

Kohlrabi – Azur

Lettuce

  • Freckles
  • Little Gem
  • Winter Density

Onions

  • Spring – White Lisbon
  • Shallot – Gourmet
  • Bulb – Sturon

Oregano

Parsnips – Gladiator

Potatoes

  • Pentland Javelin
  • Pink Fur
  • Red Duke of York

Raddish – Rainbow Mixed

Rosemary

Sage

Strawberries

Sweet peppers – Summer Salad

Chilli peppers – Jalepeno

Pumpkin- Turks Turban

Purple Sprouting Brocolli

Cabbage – Hispi

Thyme

Tomatoes

  • Crimson Crush
  • Ferline
  • Lossetto
  • Fantasio
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