Just returned from Garden Organic’s Ryton Gardens where they held members’ Potato Day for 2010. Bought 100 seed potatoes (well, we were going to get 98 but my son wanted to make it a nice number so he chose a further 2 seed potatoes). Also took some seeds for the seed swap.
First Earlies – Accent, Foremost, Rubis, Sharpes Express, Ulster Sceptre, Winston
Second Earlies – Bintje, British Queen, Catriona, Edzell Blue, Kestrel, Yukon Gold
Maincrop – Dunbar Rover, Mayan Gold, Picasso, Rudolph
Late Maincrop – Arran Victory, Blue Danube, Fortyfold
Peas – Feltham First, Progress, Stephens’, Salmon Flowered
Broad Beans – Bunyards Exhibition, Witkiem Manita
Climbing French Beans – Selma Zelma
Shallots – Minogue, Mr. Stiff’s, Onion White, Yellow Moon
Onion – Batun, Rossa Savonese, and Red Baron (sets)
Garlic – Thermidrome
Lettuce – Bronze Arrow
Squash – Zapallito
Beetroot – Bull’s Blood
I also met some people from Allotments 4 All community, which was nice.
Earlier this week, I was able to visit the allotment. I wanted to take a few pictures at the start of the year! Unfortunately, most of the leeks that weren’t already harvested were soft (frozen and then defrosted?) – perhaps they were an early or autumn variety.
Better news, I harvested the central head of purple sprouting broccoli, and a small romanesco cauliflower, plus a few leeks that survived the freeze.
Autumn planted onions, shallots and garlic have sprouted.
Weather here has been cold, and snow settled for a couple of weeks. Then, it thawed. Now, there has been a small sprinkling. I am looking forward to spring! Though perhaps the cold weather will kill off a number of pests & diseases.