One of the most exciting pre-season tasks is the good old annual seed audit. For me, this will normally coincide with the seed ranges hitting the shops, and allows me to work out what I need to buy and replace in time for spring.
Rifling through your seed packets is best done on one of those lovely February days that feels like Spring is just around the corner. We’re starting to get a few of those down here in Somerset, which is making me fret about getting my new patch up and running!
Anyhow, if you’re thinking about undertaking your own audit, here are 5 things to do with your seeds.
If you haven’t overwintered your broad beans, the chances are you are thinking about sowing some seeds pretty soon. The days are gradually getting longer, and broad beans are one of the earliest seeds that can be sown on the allotment.
A sowing now will yield harvests from May, which will be very welcome during the sparse hungry gap period.
Here are 6 top tips I’ve picked up for growing successful broad bean crops.
New year, new plot, new start…
…well that’s the theory anyway.
My latest patch in Somerset will be my second kitchen garden space, on top of the two allotments I ran previously. This year will also be my 10th year of growing veg, a decade that has brought me much joy, lots of tasty food and yes – plenty of mistakes.
As I begin clearing the area that will become my veg patch I’m in reflective mood, and now seems to the perfect time to start a new series on the blog: the best and worst of Real Men Sow; the good, the bad and the ugly of the last decade.
And where better to start than the cock ups. Here are of 5 of the most common mistakes I make during the allotment year.