I’m aiming to grow

It was a bonus, especially at this time of year,  to have been plotting four mornings as I managed last week.  Needless to say I dug out and sieved a wheelbarrow load of compost each day and did some hoeing, pruning and weeding.


My friendly robin was constantly around and much to my delight was occasionally joined by a smaller shyer one.

It’s little wonder that he was singing away, as seen here perched in the rose Pretty Lady.




I’m aiming to grow less but better again this year.  The overall quantity will be about the same but a few less types and varieties, both flowers and vegetables.  I’ll be detailing what they are in forthcoming posts.

I arrived at the horticultural society trading shed this morning to find that the onion sets and seed potatoes  had arrived during the week.  The onions are the variety Sturon which I’ve generally done well with, and hope to do so again.  I’ve chosen the first early potato Arran Pilot which I’ve not grown before but I know that Jo over on Through the Keyhole has in the past.  Second earlies are Charlotte, my favourites, and Kestrel, which I’ve grown before but didn’t last year.  Maincrop are Desiree which I always grow.

Tomorrow looks like being a rainy day with the rest of the week remaining unsettled and windy at times so I guess I won’t be doing much, if any, plotting.

Have a good week!


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26 Responses to I’m aiming to grow

  1. Liz says:

    What a delightful photo of your robin friend. You should frame it.
    We have a thin icy snow layer on the ground from overnight Friday. With temps not expected to go above freezing until next weekend, it’s dicey in places, so no gardening here!
    Your list of potato varieties sounds intriguing. The growing season is in sight.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I’m glad you like it. That’s a good idea.
      I don’t like the sound of that. Take care and keep warm.
      Apart from Arran Pilot I’ve grown them all before. It certainly looks like it. xx

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update thank you for sharing Flighty glad you managed to do some plotting during the week have a blessed week

  3. CJ says:

    Great to see the new season’s onions and potatoes are in. Let the growing begin! Well, soon anyway. Lovely robin photo, I bet they loved all the worms when you were sieving the compost. CJ xx

  4. menhir1 says:

    What a nice action shot of Mr Robin. I wonder if he succeeded in his romantic endeavours.

    It is a funny time of year to be able to sieve compost and enrich soil etc. It is within living memory when January always brought snow, low temperatures and hard icy walking underfoot, not ideal conditions for doing things like hoeing that appears to be possible today. Obviously, you take the gardening opportunities that present themselves.


    • Flighty says:

      Menhir thanks, and I’m sure he did.
      I agree, and I’ve been surprised at what I’ve done over the past month or so. I certainly remember such weather when plotting would have been impossible. I do indeed. xx

  5. Glo says:

    What a treat to be able to have a winter window where gardening preparation could be pursued. Your sweet robin encourages you along!

  6. Doris Potter says:

    I love the photo of the lovely little Robin!

  7. Being followed by a robin in a garden in one of life’s great delights! Thank you for sharing it. Xx

  8. nikkipolani says:

    How lovely to have a feathered garden companion — two! It’s been warm here and the hummingbirds have been fighting over the new feeder. Looking forward to hearing about your new season’s plans.

  9. Chloris says:

    Such a dear little robin. I love Charlotte potatoes too.

  10. Jade C says:

    Beautiful, Cute Little Robin. It looks so tame and not camera-shy at all.

  11. Jo says:

    Thanks for the mention. I’ve found Arran Pilot to be a reliable potato over the years, it tastes good and grows and cooks well. What a lovely photo of the robin. Glad to hear you’ve been able to get to the plot, it’s been sleeting here this morning but the sun’s shining now, it can’t make up its mind what it wants to do.

  12. Caro says:

    Your horticultural trading shed is a marvellous idea and well done to whoever organises it. I’ll wait until one of the potato days to get my spuds this year; I may try a couple of varieties in the veg patch but Charlottes are planned for the allotment. Today, Wednesday, has been bitter but with lovely blue skies this morning. I gardened in the pm and found it very pleasant once I’d wrapped up warmly. Hope you manage some plotting time this week, despite the cold!

    • Flighty says:

      Caro it’s part of the horticultural society which formed in 1938, and been going ever since. That’s a good way to buy seed potatoes. I’ve not been plotting this week as it’s been too cold and windy and the ground too soggy. xx

  13. snowbird says:

    Good to know you have managed to get work done, it’s been awful here. I still have an entire veggie patch full of last years potatoes that I haven’t managed to dig out. I may let them grow and see what happens. What a lovely picture of the robin.xxx

    • Flighty says:

      Snowbird thanks, I’ve done nothing since as the weather has been no good here either. I would see if the potatoes are okay to use rather than leave them. I’m glad you like it. xx

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