At last I can get started

Gardening in the dark!

With the warmer, dryer weather last weekend I finally ventured out into the garden.  I have to be honest I then spent a large portion of the morning flitting from one area to the next deciding what needed doing and where to start (lets call it planing) before finally tidying up the poly tunnel.  Yes I know, the irony, waiting for a fine day then working in the greenhouse. 

One of the problems with working full time is that at this time of year I barely have an hour of daylight left when I get home.  Just enough time to get started before the light is gone.  Filling various sized containers and  transferred them to the dining room to plant seeds was the best I could manage.
There was no science in what I planted just what I had to hand.  
Last years attempt

Last year I grew peas from a packet of dried peas bought from the supermarket, an idea I got from watching an episode of Alys Fowler’s Edible garden.  I had intended to grow these to use as pea shoots in a salad but ended up planting them outside  in a pot on the patio.  The harvest was reasonable although all were eaten in the garden straight from the pod.  This year I am growing them both for pea shoots and for peas.  Hopefully a few of the peas will make it as far as the kitchen this year.
This years larger tray


Basil is probably the herb I use the most of and I never seem to have enough especially if I want to make pesto. This year I will try planting basil every few weeks and see if that provides me with adequate supply rather than trying to grow several large plants as I have in the past.
A good parsley sauce with new potatoes and a piece of gammon definitely one herb I want to hand .
Lettuce and Rocket
An abundance of salad leaves always comes in useful so again I intend to plant these every couple of weeks from now on to try to provide as much salad as possible. Remind me of this when I tell you I’m sick of salad leaves later in the year.
Runner Beans
While pottering in my garden at the weekend I spotted the last few pods on my runner bean plants. These were already dried and ready for planting. I didn’t get a great crop last year but I will give them a second try. So In they go.
Add water and wait……
UPDATE : Its been a day since I planted the seeds and they aren’t growing yet! 
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We moved into this house in 2013. At that time the garden was a blank canvas, This blog is a scrapbook of my gardening journey. Something I can look back on and remember the highs and lows, something that perhaps other people will enjoy reading and hopefully commenting on along the way.

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