One thing I’ve definitely learned from running a kitchen garden is that you have to go with the weather. Yes, you can be clever and start a few plants off early or keep them going for a little longer, but when Mother Nature puts her foot down then it’s time to follow the path of least resistance.
After the wettest January in over a decade, February’s looking similarly rubbish: cold, rainy, windy and overcast. This is the perfect excuse to stay indoors, drink more tea and do some extra planning and ordering. After all there’s no point trying to dig in waterlogged soil, and sowing early peas is just going to lead to rotting early peas, and so on. I’ll wait for the weather to improve a bit – everything catches up fine if you do that, and the plants are less likely to get stressed and bolt.
A few seeds have been started off on the warmest windowsill, as promised:
- Chillies: Jalapeno, Thai, Hungarian Hot Wax, Cayenne, Numex Twilight
- Sweet peppers: Colour Spectrum and Romano
That’s the last of my stash of chilli and sweet pepper seeds all gone, but that means there could be some new varieties to try next year. And I’ve made one small headstart on the cooler windowsill:
- Leeks: Musselburgh
- Windowsill herbs: flat leaf parsley, chives, coriander
As long as you have enough light, you can start off most soft herbs at any time of the year. We’re running out of most of our favourites so it’s time to get some new ones going.
I’ve also done a little tiny bit of plot care:
- Giving spring greens and other brassicas some high-nitrogen feed
- Checking fruit tree and bushes, removing dead leaves, applying high-postash feed
If the weather improves over the next week or so then I might sow a few more early seeds in the mini greenhouse, but for the time being the best thing to do seems to be waiting it out.