Ah, February. That time of year when, suddenly, Spring is just about on the horizon.
This morning when I got up for work, it was noticeably lighter. There were birds singing. My rhubarb is starting to poke through (honestly. I don’t think I’m imagining these things…).
Of course, such is the gardener’s desperation for the growing season, we’re thinking about early sowing. I’ve blogged recently about tricks to bring sowing times forward, as well as the earliest veg seeds you can sow. Like everyone else, I’m eager to get going again.
When I first started growing my own veg, peas were one of the first seeds on the shopping list. Every allotment holder and GYOer grows peas, right? They’re a plot staple. Where would we be without the good old garden pea?
This was consistently the case for my first few years on the allotment, but recently my pea growing mojo has waned. Suddenly, I’m thinking about not bothering with them at all.
So. I’m getting impatient. I want to sow seeds.
It’s January, I hear you cry. Yes, it is. But I’m sure those nights are drawing out…
I think this frustration was behind my previous post, which listed 5 of the earliest veg seeds you can sow. I was thinking this over as I willed the weather to warm up, telling myself I’ll be sowing within weeks.
And well, I might be. I’m lucky enough to have a greenhouse, but there are also a few neat tricks that me and mum used on our first allotment, when we had no such luxuries.
Here are five of my favourites that brought the sowing season forward.