One of the joys of January is sorting through the seeds and planning what to plant. We still have seeds for most of the things we grew last year but there are always more to buy. A month by month planting plan soon forms – lots of peas and 6 varieties of tomatoes.
We picked a heritage pea this year – Oskar is a dwarf early and only 2 feet tall. They came from a great company – Real Seeds. So we have planned 4 sequential plantings. Then there are some later peas, sugar snaps and mange tout.
Real Seeds also provided some new tomato varieties – Costoluto Fiorentino (an early fruiting Italian variety) and ‘Purple Ukraine’ (we couldnt resist these ones, deep purple plum). We are also going to be growing San Mazano for tomato sauce, the really fun cream saugage (yellow plum tomato), tasty Tigerella and super sweet Sungold.
This was all kicked off by a trip to the garden centre over the weekend. There were a couple of great displays of seed potatoes and onion sets.
We went for first early Arran Pilot, second early Charlotte and Pink Fir Apples. This year is shallots and not onions.
Of course it is easier to plan than to dig…. we might not get in all the brassicas this year… It all depends how much hardwork we put in next month!