The retaining slabs alongside the blackberry bushes needed sorting out. They had begun to lean over and were never right after the land drain was put in by the contractor. I use upended slabs to keep my raised beds from overflowing onto the trackway. I took out four of the 2' by 2' slabs and dug out a trench so that I could make sure that they were upright. I know that I should have used a bubble but I decided I could do it by eye. I am not so sure now and when I do the others I will use the spirit level.
The sweet pea seedlings are looking decidedly dejected. Not sure what to do with them but I will leave them alone until the warmer weather. If they do not seem to be recovering from the very cold weather, then I will sow some more but not until March time.
Only harvested carrots today. I was going to dig up some parsnips as well but we have two at home now anyway. Think when you are planting parsnips Tone, you will never eat more than one row. Make sure that you thin the carrots and use them before the very cold weather (Or store them where the very cold frosts cannot get at them.)
I am going to select some of the vegetable seeds for this year and record them here so that I know what I was sown this year (2011)
Although a lot of my potatoes have rotted because of the very cold weather, I think that I will continue with Kestrel. It is a good second early potato and is very resistant to many potato pests and diseases. My first early will be Epicure.
American land cress
Apple mint (already planted)
Bay (already planted)
Brussels Sprout 'Trafalgar'
Broad Bean (already planted)
Broccoli 'Red Arrow'
Blackcurrant (various already planted)
Blueberry (already planted) Fashion accessory but I was given it so I will try it.
Cabbage 'Stonehead' or 'Golden Acre'
Calabrese 'Green Sprouting'
Chicory 'Variegata Di Castelfranco'
Comfrey (already planted)
Cucumber Burpless Tasty Green.
French climbing bean 'Cobra'
Garlic (already planted)
Grape (already planted)
Jerusalem artichoke (already planted)
Leek 'Musselburgh Improved'
Lemon Balm (already planted)
Lettuce 'Webb's Wonderful'
Okra 'Pure Luck'
Onion 'Ailisa Craig' (planted in seed tray 4/01/11)
Pea Early Onward
Parsnip 'White Gem'
Plum 'Victoria' (already planted)
Pumpkin 'Big Max'
Radish 'Cherry Belle'
Runner Bean 'Aintree'
Runner Bean 'Red Rum'
Rhubarb 'Champagne' (already planted)
Strawberries 'Cambridge' mainly (already planted )
Sweet Cicerly (already planted)
Sweetcorn 'Two's Sweeter'
Tomato (not sure which variety yet)
Thyme (already planted)
I would like to try some Oca but 'The Real Seed Catalogue' has sold out. Might try a Yacon though.
Now for some more thoughts...