Posted: 21/02/2013 at 15:10
If you set them in egg boxes to chit now you can start by planting Swift potatoes and may be eating your own new potatoes end of May. Grow lots of salad stuff - some to feed the slugs to keep them off your ther crops. Sow broad beans now in pots on your balcony and when they are past being palatable to slugs and snails (four or six true leaves) plant them out in your allotment. Sow dwarf beans later and then sugar peas and runner beans. All should give you good results and get you eager to try tomatoes,greens of all kinds and beetroot, carrots, etc. Ask your neighbours which crops suit the soil. Grow White Lisbon onios for your salad donions and sow the whole packet so you can leave some in to grow into big cooking onions. Ask your wife which flowers she likes. Daisies are always welcome and easy and cosmos will last a long time in a vase or in allotment. Most of all keep enthusiastic whatever the weather throws at you and get a shed and furnish it with a couple of chairs and a shelf for your biscuit tin and thermos flask. Allotments need time. Good luck and we are all here to help.