11 Feb 2013

Planning for this year's veggie plot



More snow fell and settled this weekend. In January, during better weather, my husband started to prepare the soil in the vegetable plot at the bottom of our daughter's garden (beyond the fence).  At the beginning of this month he has been sowing seeds in indoor trays to plant out in April and May.

We have two independent garden nurseries not far from where we live which we sometimes use as an alternative to a well-known national home and garden centre. As well as being in a countryside location a walk around the well set-out grounds is a pleasant one.




There was snow on the hilly moorland and after this last weekend's snowfall it will probably linger for the foreseeable future.




There's a cafe on the site which was full on such a cold day and several home and garden departments.


We can never have too many tomatoes, beans and broccoli.  We chose a tomato seed called Tigerella (Mr. Stripey), borlotti beans Lingua di Fuoco (Firetongue) and purple-sprouting broccoli (Rudolph).  We've got plenty of tulips shooting up in the garden, but we also bought a small pot that we can enjoy indoors.  The miniature tulips are called Heart's Delight.







The snow that had melted in the valley surrounding the garden centre has now returned.  Now that it's near the lambing season we hope the weather will improve for those keeping animals and farming the land.
 


11 comments:

  1. great idea starting the seeds inside and getting ready for the planting. daddy grew most of what you named, but never broccoli. not sure why. the views are spectacular...

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    1. We have trays of seeds in the warmth of the covered yard and on window sills in the kitchen and living room. My husband experiments with fruit stones to produce saplings and takes cuttings from suitable bunches of flowers that I've been given. He's got green fingers!

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    2. You give me inspiration :). Lovely post and photos!

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    3. Thank you, Denise. You inspire me with your photos of the birds and flowers in your area.

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  2. Hello Linda:
    In our gardening days we would, like you, avoid whenever possible anything calling itself a garden centre in favour of small, independent nurseries. We do know only too well how important it is to make a start on sowing seeds if one is to be ahead of the game later on.

    Snow here and very cold!

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    1. We do like to support countryside enterprises in our area and, in our experience, there's often more choice grown on site.
      Keep warm and safe!

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  3. Spring looks promising there. We have 15" of new snow here.

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  4. thanks for showing my beloved Peak District, the place where I was born.
    I do like the look of the striped tomatoes, and the borlotti beans. Will you be planting those in Italy?

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  5. I shall enjoy following your blog and any garden tales and comparing it to our efforts in taming the rectory garden and trying to grow vegetables.

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  6. I think we'll all have to wait some time for the ground to dry out and warm up, Linda, but there's nothing like being well-ahead with preparations.

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  7. I do like visiting a nice garden store. Even at the market recently I was tempted to buy seeds and dreams. How lovely that your husband has started seeds. Loved the name of the miniature tulips too. I am sure they will bring delight to your hearts.

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