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Distractions from gardening


by Jane Moore

I have a confession to make: I haven't been up to the plot for a week or so and, what's more I can't see me getting up there for the next week or two either...


Jane MooreI have a confession to make: I haven't been up to the plot for a week or so and, what's more I can't see me getting up there for the next week or two either... I know it's the right time of year to get on top of digging, manuring and tidying in general. I know too that I can really get the plot and shed shipshape now before spring strikes with a surge in a month or so's time.

But, the thing is, I'm having my bathroom 'done'. Not only is the suite being replaced, but we've knocked a couple of walls down, completely rearranged the layout and changed all the lighting. It will be lovely when it's done. Anyway, all this activity has disturbed my routine, and the allotment is decidedly on the backburner.

Having said that, the calm and serene quiet of the weekend did give me the perfect opportunity to settle down with a few seed catalogues and start my list for this year.

I need to get on with it really, as the purists will say I should be sowing tomatoes by now. But it won't take me long to sort out what I want to grow, especially with my new rule to only grow what doesn't need picking every day. That will narrow down my choices quite considerably.

Funnily enough I've been talking tomatoes a lot this week with the plumber, Matt. Turns out that he's a mad keen vegetable gardener and he grows tomatoes and cucumbers in his greenhouse. These and runner beans are his particular passions. Over tea we've compared seed companies and their service, our favourite varieties and tips on when to harvest runner beans for the best flavour (not too small). Reassuringly, Matt hasn't sown his tomato seeds yet and won't until the end of next month, which gives him a chance to finish my bathroom.



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Gardeners' World Web User 23/01/2009 at 17:27

I have been trying to select which seeds that I am going to grow this year. But I dont realy know which seed comapany to buy from, to be completeley honest I dont now any at all. Please could somebody name me a couple to helpme out?

Gardeners' World Web User 23/01/2009 at 19:02

From Determinedpeterplant I grow Alicante, Moneymaker, Gardeners Delight and Marmande I grow them in a unheated g/house and outside and the first seed will be sown late February on a suuny windowsill I split my seed order between four different companies I have never had any problems with any company so Jamie i will say you can buy from any seed company with complete confidence.

Gardeners' World Web User 23/01/2009 at 21:10

Thankyou, I was just a bit wary as it is only one of my first years of gardening. However I have to say I've loved every bit of them.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/01/2009 at 03:02

Have you thought about buying from a company that stock organic, untreated seeds?

Gardeners' World Web User 24/01/2009 at 10:46

I have orderd the raspberry canes form the GW offer but its all so frozen or water logged on the plot here in the West Midlands, which is on heavy clay that i really don't know where to begin diggin a fruit bed dug for my raspberry canes i can't see how or when i can do it. Question: Can i tranpslant the fruit canes from pots later?

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