It is very frustrating this year. I was convinced that spring was here, my digging was getting done and I had plans what seeds to sow. Mother nature had a different idea and now I am stuck in, frustrated, unable to do anything. They are Marfona, Swift and British Queen.

Old egg boxes come very useful for this and in the end they can be torn up and put in the composter bins so nothing gets wasted.


At last! I was hoping that I might be lucky – I planted some Swift potatoes in a few bucket and kept them in the back garden. I tried my luck today and the result is very pleasing. This is not the whole harvest, I just managed to pull out some, just to give us a taste.


There are many more on the allotment so we can look forward to a few tasty dinners.






…some choice purchases. Who says that voucher giving is not very exciting? I can prove the oposite.

I can start chitting the potatoes and work out how to put the sprayer together and I’m another step closer to the spring activities on the allotment.



We can be quite sure that we’ll never go short of potatoes.

After getting the ground ready yesterday – drawing the furrows ready for planting today – all I had to do today was to put some sharp sand in the bottom of each furrow, then slug pellets and finally plant my potatoes.

My very first earlies are already growing in pots in the back garden – Swift and Rocket.

On the allotment I have:

Valor – late maincrop; Setanta – maincrop; Kestrel – second early and Ratte – early maincrop.


I’m delighted – my first new potatoes today, the ‘Swift’ variety. This is only a trial, I carefully dug around one plant and the result is not too bad. This is the first time I grew Swift and most certainly will do again.

The ground wasn’t very good, it is a plot that got a bit neglected, I took it over in the autumn and work on it. Obviously it needs a bit more magic.

002That’s the lunch sorted out for tomorrow, now a bit of the fabulous curly kale to go with it and we’re almost there.

001Couldn’t be any fresher and there’s no waste on that.

Strawberry harvest to date – 11kg!