I recommend you sow some seeds this weekend even if you’re going away – what’s the worst that can happen? If they don’t come up you’ve lost nothing but a few seeds – if they do, you might have a crop when you return from holiday. Radishes and rocket will be ready in about six weeks, lettuces not long after that. Carrots, spring onions, turnips and beetroot take a little longer but you can eat them when they’re small if you get impatient. Sow a few more dwarf beans – mine have been looking very sad due to the variable temperatures I think. Feed tomatoes and strawberries weekly with the diluted liquid from your wormery. Pinch out the side shoots from you tomato plants to give one strong stem. Still time to plant potatoes too. I don’t bother sowing cabbage, brocolli or cauliflower at this time of the year because I don’t want to fight the cabbage white butterflies in mid summer. If you do want to grow them, a Bt spray (sold as ‘Dipel’) keeps them at bay.
The next fresh food garden course is on Saturday 30 January 2010. You can register on-line and pay by credit card or direct credit.
My self-seeded coriander is becoming a forest so I made some coriander pesto. Broad beans and snow peas are prolific. I grew five varieties of broad beans this year from different seed companies. ‘Dwarf Early Green‘ from King’s Seeds is true to its name – earliest to produce and no more than a metre high. I’ve picked some young vine leaves and made stuffed vine leaves this week. Even if the birds get the grapes at least I’ve got shade and leaves from the vine. Lots of rhubarb for rhubarb crumble, rhubarb shortcake and rhubarb gingerbread.