Planning the garden against the odds

Hello Friends,

I’ve managed one weekend in the garden so far this and dug over two raised beds.  The weather seems to be conspiring against us all at the moment.  I’ve got a week off work next week and I really want to get out and start digging and planting.  Unfortunately snow is forecast over the next couple of days, so I may not get as far as I want this weekend.

Instead I’ve been planning what to grow if it ever warms up.  Last year I tried to grow a few things which are probably never going to grow ‘up north’ such as peppers and butternut squash.  These didn’t do anything, so I won’t try them again this time.  I want to dig over a new patch and grow some potatoes to clear the ground.  The other vegetables I’m going to grow are:

  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • courgettes
  • lettuce
  • pumpkins (I’m going to grow these on the compost heap)
  • runner beans
  • peas

I had reasonable success with these vegetables last year.  I’m not going to grow quite so many plants – I was completely overrun with runner beans.  I’m also going to space the courgettes further apart.  I don’t think I gave them enough space last year.  As for the tomatoes, I’m going to grow fewer of them and put them in growbags.  I messed about with pots last year, and trying to get at them in the greenhouse to water was a nightmare.  It was like a jungle, and I don’t think the fruits had enough light to ripen.

So over to you – what are you planning to grow this year when it warms up?

Until next time, Tawney x


Planning the garden against the odds — 3 Comments

  1. We had planned to build a compost bin this weekend, I can’t see that it’s going to happen!

    We haven’t planned to grow anything this year, although we keep thinking about it. We grew some fruit and veg at the old place and we only had a yard. Seems mad to not do something now we have a garden… Maybe I’ll start with herbs and see how we go.

  2. Why don’t you try parsnips as well Tawney. And leeks. They are easy to grow and will be there in the winter.

    We have a long list of things for the allotment but after last years disasters we have decided that rather than growing everything from seeds we will buy lots of plug plants. I found a good deal in the internet and have placed my orders – the first batch will be arriving in May, which also eases off the pressure of getting the plot ready for sowing.

    I have also only managed one weekend at the allotment because of the awful weather. I have a list of jobs to do as long as my arm – I do hope that Easter will be better so I can get started (although I have another list as long as my arm for jobs in the house over Easter!).