Last week I was given some onion seedlings which I planted out on Tuesday. Some are the variety Ailsa Craig which are large globe-shaped with a good flavour, excellent for exhibiting but not a good keeper. The others are Bedfordshire Champion which is a popular variety and a good keeper, but susceptible to downy mildew. It’ll be interesting to see how they compare with the Sturon sets that I’d already planted.
The first early potatoes Pentland Javelin (middle row) and most of the second early Charlottes (right-hand row) have now started showing foliage so I earthed them up this morning.
The temperature looks like dropping close or to zero a couple of mornings during the coming week. I hope it doesn’t as the first early Red Duke York (left-hand row) foliage is now too tall to earth-up again and I don’t want them to get frosted.
The second lot of broad beans Crimson Flowered have appeared just over two weeks after I sowed them. The first lot are growing very slowly, and all have notched leaves which is a tell-tale sign of bean weevils. Hoeing round the plants is supposed to prevent this but I’ve been doing that regularly to no avail.
At home I’ve sown the sweet corn Golden Bantam seeds in pots to start off on the windowsill. I’ve not done this before having always sown direct around the end of May.
As usual at Christmas I was given a book token which I generally use to buy a non-fiction book, which I did last weekend when I bought The Living Jigsaw by Val Bourne. Since then I’ve been enjoying browsing through it and will do a review once I’ve read it properly.
Have a good week!