Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I’ve cracked. I’ve started sowing seeds. Yoghurt pots and margarine tubs are no longer safe. I’ve been hoarding them for weeks now and I’ve finally liberated them for their new life’s purpose and they’re absolutely perfect.
I’ve planned on having 10 cauliflower plants to put into the allotment so I’ve sown 16 seeds. I’m not sure on the germination rates so I’m over sowing just in case a few don’t come up. The variety I’ve chosen is Snow Crown as it’s an early cropper and I just love cauliflower! I’ve also sown a couple of tubs of leek seeds. The leeks I’ve chosen are Longbow as they should produce long white shanks and will stand well in the ground through winter. I’m hoping that the cauliflower and leeks will be ready at the same time as I just love cauliflower cheese made with leeks (with an extra sprinkling of cheese on the top for good measure)
I’ve been doing a bit of research into companion planting recently, as I’m keen for nature to help out with controlling the pests on the plot. I’m hoping that by planting certain plants together, they will work together and hopefully make my life on the allotment a little easier! (Who really wants to squash green-fly day in and day out.) So with this in mind I’ve chosen to plant nasturtium and marigolds along side some of the crops.
I’ve always loved marigolds and so has my son. I’ve since put him in charge of growing the flowers and he had really taken this job in hand.
Last but not least I returned to the allotment today to finish the battle with the Pampas grass. I decided to get more hands on and just pulled all the dead growth out by hand. It was much easier than I thought it would be and was surprised a few times by old woody brambles hidden in the middle. Not put off I kept at it and before I knew it I had a mountain of old and dead grass. The only problem now is what to do with it all! I’m not sure it’ll rot down in the compost bin so I think it’ll have to be burned. At least it’ll keep me warm on my next visit to the plot!