Snow may be pretty but you can have too much of a good thing. I could really do with getting out on the plot, if only for my sanity’s sake, but not in the snow. Having said that, we did drop onto the plot this afternoon and got a few leeks and the last of the sprouts.
My leeks were a bit of an experiment this year. One that I won’t be trying again. My thinking was that rather than growing them as I normally do in a deep pot and then transplanting them into a dibbed hole when they are about pencil thick, this time I would grow them individually in modules.
My reasoning was that I could pop the modules into a trench, earth up and they would do better as they had no root disturbance or damage. Well, I tried but these are not the best leeks I’ve ever grown by a long chalk. Miserable to be honest. Still, if you don’t try you don’t know.
I suppose it could be something else, but when you have a system that works, why fix it?
Sowing Too Early
I heard on Gardener’s Question Time a topical tip to sow calabrese now to avoid the caterpillars by having them early in the season. Hmmm, shall I or not? Not, I think. There’s more crops lost by being too keen and early than by being late and it’s hardly looking like an early season at this point.
John’s almanac weather forecast is that we’re going to have a glorious summer though. I was right about a cold winter so it’s 50:50 chance about the summer. It can’t be as bad as the last couple of years.
I also heard that the last 9 of 10 years have been blight years on GQT although they couldn’t get the name of Smith periods correct. Great to see an expert stumped, glad I’m not one! Last year I tried to save some money by using my own saved seed potatoes from the blight resistant Sarpo. They appeared to be fine but I had my worst year ever with them. Blighted, holed and not as productive as normal. So we’ve bought some proper new stock and they’re chitting in the front bedroom now.
When you think of the effort that goes in to growing; preparing the soil, fertilising and then watering, earthing up etc, is saving a few quid on seed potatoes penny wise but pound foolish? Mind you, I don’t like chucking money away if I can help it.