I have finally finished sieving the soil on the new potato bed. It has taken me over two months to do it and I really don't know whether it will make the smallest amount of difference to how well the potatoes grow. However, it has made me feel I have achieved something.
So over the whole of the potato bed I have sieved the soil to a depth of two spits at least. The couch grass, twigs, branches, weeds, etc. that I buried two years ago have rotted down to a fine compost and could be mixed in with the horrible soil. Once this was done it made some passable soil.
The whole bed was raked and roughly levelled but I will have to do this again when the weather warms up and the soil is a little drier.
I still have quite a lot of the horse manure left so I will put it around the upturned dust bins that are covering the Rheum rhaponticum. I am forcing the rhubarb to give me some good petioles in early spring. I don't mind eating unforced rhubarb but this first crop is always the sweetest.
The hardy cyclamen are flowering again but the species iris still have some time to go before they flower. I planted some more species iris next to the cyclamen but these have already flowered.
I planted some Lactuca sativa "Web's Wonderful" and some Brassica Oleracea "Golden Acre". I don't know whether these early sowings of vegetables is going to give me anything worth growing but I am only using a few seeds so I don't think that I will be wasting anything. It is trying to keep them alive that is the difficulty.
I pricked out the Brassica oleracea botrytis "All The Year Round" into their own small 2 inch pots. I will be a little more optimistic when I have sown seeds during February. But you have to give it a go don't you?
I really write this blog so I know when I have done things in the greenhouse and allotment. If you do what I do then you will get the same failures that I get and there is no guarantee that you will get the same successes.