An app worth shouting about

I read on a website there was an app telling you about the rain! I was a little skeptical – however it is great and I have used it to know when I can pop to the lottie and it is absolutely correct with its little video.


What to sow in Feb.


February 14th

Now the weather is getting better and the seed packets are arriving, temptation is to start growing things you really don’t need or indeed eat!

Chillies is something I am going to try – I am sowing indoors 1/2 inch deep in plastic cups and in a propagator on the window sill to harvest in July-August.

Potatoes are in the egg box on the windowsill waiting for the chits to arrive and then into potato bags.  A single OCA sneaked in there… They are going in flower pots under my glasshouse. Looking forward to growing them this year. Last session I bought a plant and ate one raw in salad, shared them with others and saved some for planting on this session.

Jerusalem Artichokes been given a few  but might find a big pot to put them in and not in the soil, although tempted to use them as a windbreak. Not sure I want to eat them but should give it a go….just nervous of the wind!

Rhubarb buried and wood chip surrounding – needs some compost and some TLC to ensure a good crop. Love rhubarb.

Late garlic – might pop some garlic in like white Solent a spring variety.

Roll on weather – growing here we come. Think I might do a chilli night up at the lottie with my Chillies and Dutch oven.

Waiting for the seeds…

Desperately checking the post daily so that I can start off my chilli seeds on the window still. Never really been into chillies especially the heat they give but decided I would have a go – I am not a HOT fan, but do like a sweet chilli crisps etc. so I have gone for

Caldero (sweet and concial shaped) and

Biquinho Yellow Mild Chilli (from Brazil and translates as little beaks without heat but lots of flavour)



This time last year I did not even have an allotment. Tomorrow I am going to play my part as part of the committee as secretary. I have learnt so much but also so much more to learn.


and here they are on 2.2.16 – patience never was a strong point. 




Order Order !

OH NO ….. seed catalogues arriving in the droves! #happyface

product_8341_thumb    I have ordered several squash seeds this season – I love squash and want to grow lots so I decided to go with Spaghetti squash as is different from other squash for it has unique flesh which, when scooped out, forms strands much like spaghetti.(I saw this being tasted on my favourite programme “BeachGrove Garden”  The flavour is delicious and sweet and an unusual texture.  Easy squash to grow, it thrives if planted in the ground as well as in a container. They also have good storage potential and will last up to 2 months. Sow indoors from April or outdoors from June you can expect a harvest from July to end October.

product_2572_thumb I also ordered Festival squash – yum yum. This trailing variety can be grown up supports if required. It produces fruit the size of large grapefruit which are ideal roasted.

product_6126_thumb  and one other (determined to get some this season – so maybe gone a bit over the top) Hurricane.



I am still going to grow them upwards – now I saw on Pinterest that you could grow squash upwards and got some great bamboo canes. The idea is that you grow them within the the upside down bamboo and they grow around and up….

2015-05-26 22.38.47 It worked but I forgot to keep a record of the growth however only got 2 butternuts. So will do that again and also grown up an A frame to save some space on the plot.  Watch this space – I love squash so hence growing lots.

Exciting buy …..

product_4727_thumb  Potato bags which I have been looking at for awhile as I am finding straggler potatoes on my plot that have reseeded so I am going to only grow Charlotte New Pots in a bag. Decided on this as I don’t get through that many potatoes but do love New Pots.