Friday, 1 February 2008

The year marches on!

February at last The first week of February is often the coldest of the year. With the threat of snow for this weekend, that still holds true.

Wartime Weekend Gardener tasks for this week include:
Sow an extra crop of Broad Beans
Sow some late Spring, or early Summer cabbage
Set some carrot seed to "chit" - to sprout before sowing

It's time to start chitting potatoes, ready to plant the First Early varieties mid March.

Garden Organic at Ryton, near Coventry, are holding their Potato Day and Seed Swap this weekend, and in two weeks it's the East Anglia Potato Day at Stonham Barns. If you've only a little space to give over to potatoes, buying small amounts of a few varieties may be the best way to go.

Did anyone take part in the RSPB Birdwatch last weekend? Being a dry Sunday, it drought all the DIYers out and the noise kept most of the birds hiding in the woods. But I did see a Great Spotted Woodpecker first thing in the morning, and a few Redwings ventured into the Oak tree later in the day.

Busy long weekend over the allotment coming up - maybe some more nature notes later.

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