Back to the garden

Now our family of three has settled, I have returned my attention to the vegetable garden.

Despite my best intentions to plan my sowing and select my varieties before the new year, Sebastian’s arrival in December has left me well behind my tight schedule :-). On the other hand, the garlic, onions and broad beans I planted back in November are coming on nicely. Even the elephant garlic, which hadn’t show any signs of growing before the snow arrived, has now begun to appear above ground.

In order to get back on track, this weekend I have revisited my garden plan (thanks to the really useful planning tool at and placed an order to replenish my seed collection (thanks to who supply smaller quantities of seed for much lower prices than the big boys do).

I have also sown my first seeds for the year: a couple of tomato varieties (more to come!), some sweet peppers, rapini (or broccoli raab), more broad beans, sugar-snap peas and some asparagus peas I saved from last year. In all honesty, it may be a little early for some of those to be growing now, but I am aiming to avoid vegetable overload this year by sowing successionally so I have only started a small number of each.

After this one weekend I am feeling a lot more confident and excited about the prospect of growing veg this year. Now I just need to finish digging the beds for everything to be transplanted to…

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