Spring is almost upon us and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been preparing my allotment ready for planting the seeds I’ve been sowing that will hopefully turn into our vegetables over the coming year, it’s a very exciting time but the planning of it all has given me a headache. Who knew planting vegetables would be so complicated? I’ve tried online templates, CAD drawings and finally settled for good old pencil and paper when drawing out my plot rotation over the next four years.
I currently have no free space on any of my windowsills while my seeds are starting to turn into plants, I fear I may have to set up a mini greenhouse in my study to house my next batch of seeds. Sometimes it can get on top of you a little, I’ve had panics that I’ve got too much of one variety and not enough of another, I’ve had a panic that I won’t have enough space for everything and I’ve had a panic about how I will transport my plants to my plot.
I decided to plant in stages so that I had a good supply of vegetables rather than everything growing at the same time which have of course provided me with even more work, I don’t do things by half do I!
I have to admit that I get really excited each morning when I go downstairs as there is always something different happening inside of my propagators, the broad beans are the most interesting for me as they go from nothing to a huge beanstalk in days. Unfortunately no one else in my house seems to have the same enthusiasm as I do when it comes to my little seedlings, I bet there won’t be any complaining once my plants are fully grown and featuring in one of my recipes.
My main fear is that I won’t be able to grow everything I want this year, I have well over a hundred packets of seeds, all different varieties and I think I’ll probably end up swapping half on facebook groups or giving them away to fellow plot holders. Thankfully some packets are ok until 2016/17 so I’ll be able to use them over the next couple of years.
My most impressive buy this year so far has been some rose bushes that I purchased from Pound Land, I wasn’t expecting much from them but they are starting to get lots of new stems, I bought them originally to put in pots outside of my shed but decided to put them on my kitchen balcony instead so I can enjoy looking at them while I cook, I’m tempted to pop back to the shop for some of the blueberry and gooseberry bushes that I spotted.
Later on this year I will be sowing some melon varieties which I’m very excited about, I hope my greenhouse will be warm enough for them but that’s a story for another blog post.
What will you be planting this year?