Seed saving and winter planning

This year we are saving:

• Shallots – we grew reds this year and will buy golden shallots to plant next year – we always save one year’s seed and buy a new variety too, as there are so many to choose from
• Royal Black Chilli – as always: I can give away the seed and I never have to throw away the seedlings I germinate, also I give away the ripe chillies which are very popular.
• Crystal Lemon cucumber – because I get asked for the seed all the time.

We are not saving:

• Padron peppers – just too hot for us really. We like hot and sweet but not purely hot, so we won’t grow these from seed again.
• Chard – I still don’t like it. Tastes like a bucket of mud!

I’ve torn out the sweet peas and I’m digging over the soil and adding some well-rotted compost to prepare that area before planting a thornless blackberry to grow up the mesh screening that previously supported the sweet peas: it was always our intention to use this as a fruit support but we didn’t have time to do it last year.

The peas will come out this week too. We’ve already decided where to put the brassica cage next year, and so we’re readying the rest of the area for potatoes. Not sure where the onions are going to be planted yet: last year they did pretty well dotted around the edges of our curved paths but we can’t repeat that this year. We’ve also worked out where to put the asparagus bed which is so exciting it’s keeping me awake at night! And for my birthday this year I’m going to Brogdale to choose some new currant bushes … I can’t wait.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, August 26, 2011


Anonymous Damo said...

I've given up on chard as well can't convince myself that it's a nice veg!

August 27, 2011 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Damo, I'm glad I'm not alone - it looks so lovely and tastes so very horrible!

September 1, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

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