I think spring is here – I hope it is, the dates are telling me but what do I know? I’m sure our climate is changing.

Anyway, I managed to prepare the ground yesterday for planting my first lot of potatoes – Kestrel, so today I went to the allotment with my 20 chitted spuds and a tape measure – this year I will do things by the rules. The book says 18 inches between rows of first earlies so 18 inches it is! It worked just right, I’ve got two rows of potatoes in the ground.


This done, sowing beetroot, carrots and different radishes was next.


The ground was not at all too wet, just right so I have high hopes for a decent harvest.

Onwards and upwards.


I like to grow something a bit unusual every year, this year is not different. I have got my usual unusuals – Tromboncino courgettes and Blauhilde purple – podded climbing beans but I was looking for something else.

My friend gives me the gardening pages from her Saturday’s Telegraph newspaper; I read it and pass it to my other friend. This time, a couple of weeks ago, there was just a little item that caught my eye. It was about popular Tudor vegetables. Of course, I read on and was hooked.

It mentions seeds that I haven’t heard about – Carlin peas, Black Spanish radish and Skirret. The result is that I ordered the three packets of seeds, these came yesterday and today two have been used. I have to wait with the radish, that will be sown in July because it can overwinter. I love veg that doesn’t have to be all harvested at once, I can come and get it as I want and need it.  This radish is one of them. I like it already!

I didn’t sow either the peas or the skirret in the open ground, the pigeons might like them too much when they germinate. Instead I put them in one of my brassica cages where I will grow ‘other’ in the rotation scheme (tomatoes, peppers tomatilloes and anything else that is not a brassica plant)

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The person in the seed company of Thomas Etty was very helpful, promised to send me their catalogue and added me to their mailing list. There’s a chance I might be able to get other heritage seeds in the future. My allotment will undergo some changes!