Saturday, February 20, 2021

rain on a Saturday

 Empire Biscuit from a local bakery, my favourite. 

not taken record of temperature every day, max 21.9, current 11.5, min 3.9.    Not been the nicest weather though its not freezing,  typical of my days off .. its raining and cold.         

seeds planted today,  7 of Aubergine de Barbentane (More Veg)  and 6 of Pepper Quadrato Asti Rosso (Blumen Sapore Italiano).. these are in a wee mini plastic propagator from B&Q on the windosill in spare room.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

seed list... 2021


temperatures are variable.... we're under snow, and roads have been dreadful. thankfully I had a weeks holiday due so I was able to swap it for this week. 

this time last year I was enthusiastically cleaning out the greenhouse and starting seeds. ... just before lockdown and then was unable to get compost or seed trays as everything was closed down. I'm slightly more organised this year, I have one large bag of compost and several seed trays with new clear lids, still need some stuff but again the shops are ... some open some closed some selling some only selling some stuff .... I hope to get some inner trays, and some larger trays for the tomatoes to sit in.. maybe buckets for them too. will have to wait and see. 


so... seeds left over from last year... and two  seed collections from ebay.. its taken some time to type out , seeds are irresistable.. there are worse habits... lol

Seed List  2021.... eeeeeeek...... lol

  • Asparagus Mary Washington
  • Aubergine De Barbentane (finished now, last of them sown on 20/2/21)
  • Beetroot Boldor F1
  • Beetroot Detroit Dark Red
  • Beetroot Early Wonder Tall Top
  • Broad Bean Express Eleanora
  • Broccoli Purple Sprouting Continuity
  • Broccoli Waltham 29
  • Brussels Sprouts Long Island Improved
  • Cabbage Savoy Perfection
  • Cabbage savoy type Cavolo Verza D’Asti  S.Giovanni
  • Cabbage Winter Jewel F1
  • Carrot Ideal
  • Carrot Little Finger
  • Carrot Royal Chantenay
  • Cauliflower Caovolfiore Verde Macerata
  • Cauliflower Romanescu green and white
  • Cauliflower Snowball Y Improved
  • Celery Giant Red
  • Celery Utah
  • Collards Vates
  • Chard Lucullus
  • Chard Ruby Red
  • Chicory Cicoria Rossa Di Treviso
  • Chicory Trestina Da Taglio
  • Chives Middleman
  • Courgette Black Beauty
  • Courgette Golden Griller
  • Courgette Zucchini Bolognese
  • Cucumer  Armenian(wildside)
  • Cucumber Lemon
  • Cucumber Straight Eight
  • Kale Blue Scotch Curled
  • Kale (cabbage) Nero Di  Toscana
  • Kohlrabi  Early White Vienna
  • Leek Blue Solaise (finished now, last of them sown on 2.1.21)
  • Leek Large American Flag
  • Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson
  • Lettuce Iceberg
  • Lettuce Mixed
  • Okra  Clemenson Spineless
  • Onion Walla Walla 
  • Onion Cippolla Rossa Di Tropea
  • Parsnip Hollow Crown
  • Pea Ambassador
  • Pea  Asparagus Pea (not a pea.. lol)
  • Pea Delikat sugarsnap
  • Pea Kelvedon Wonder
  • Pumpkin Small Sugar
  • Pumpkin Sugar Pie
  • Pumpkin Zucca Marina Di Chioggia
  • Radish Cherry Belle
  • Radish White Iceicle
  • Salad Arugula
  • Salad  Baby Leaf Bright and Spicy Mix
  • Salad Corn Salad Vit
  • Salad Curled Cress
  • Salad Endive Green Curled Ruffec
  • Salad Oriental Nice and Spicy Mix
  • Salad Mustard
  • Salad Pak Choi
  • Salad Radiccio Rouge De Verona
  • Salad Rocket
  • Salsify Sandwich Island
  • Spinach Giant Nobel
  • Spinach Giant Winter
  • Spinach Leaf Beet Perpetual  Spinach
  • Sweet Pepper Largo De Reus Pairal
  • Sweet Pepper Peperone Quadrato Asti Rosso
  • Sweet Pepper Peperone Friggitello
  • Tomato
  • Tomato Pomodoro Ciiegino A Grappolo
  • Tomato Pomodoro Costoluto Fiotrntino
  • Tomato Pomodoro Lungo S.Marzano
  • Tomato Pomodoro Pantano Romanesc
  • Tomato Pomodoro Pera D’Abruzzo
  • Tomato Pomodoro Verduro Sardo
  • Tomato Raspberry Oxheart
  • Tomato Tigerella
  • Turnip Purple Top White Globe
  • Turnip Rapa Di Milano Colletto Viola
  • Turnip Rutabaga American Purple Top
  • Turnip Sweetbell F1
  • Turnip Tops (broccoli ?) Cima Di Rapa Barese
  • Winter Squash Butternut Squash
  • Winter Squash Pink Banana Jumbo
  • Winter  Squash Sweet Dumpling



  • Annise
  • Basil
  • Basil Basilico Italiano Classico
  • Caper Cappero
  • Caraway
  • Chervill
  • Coriander
  • Coriander Green Aroma
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mint Pennyroyal
  • Oregano Origano
  • Parsley
  • Parsley Bravour
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Summer Savory
  • Thyme Large Leaf



  • Flowers for Bees and Butterflys
  • Poppy Papaver Orientale New
  • Sunflower Gelbe Riesen
  • Sunflower Herbstschonheit

Sunday, February 07, 2021

cold Sunday

not giant snowdrops.... but a tiny jar... I brought them in because, though its a shame to pick them, it means I can see them as I'm tired out from work and they cheer up the kitchen.
greenhouse temperatures, outside the wind chill is unbearable.

lettuce that was germinated in the house and sat on a window sill... they haven't grown so I shoved them out into the greenhouse last week and they are still alive , hopefully will grow at some point
 and this is my broccoli harvest for today. added to some soup.
a lucky capture of a robin who had just picked some suet from the bird mix, sitting in the twisted hazel

Saturday, February 06, 2021

vegetable growing advice from Mother Earth News