This year I’m hoping to build upon the successes of 2013, fix a few of the previous year’s problems, and generally concentrate on what works well with the conditions in this particular kitchen garden.
There are also a few plants that I haven’t tried yet, so there’s still a little room for experimentation and new things to try, budget permitting. There’s probably £10 in the budget for seeds and plants, max, this year.
Fortunately most of what’s on the list is already in the seed tin, and hopefully is still fresh enough to get a crop out of, plus we have more established perennial plants growing here now.
- Alpine strawberries
- Cherries (Stella)
- Raspberries (Polka)
- Rhubarb (Champagne)
- Strawberries (Cambridge Favourite)
These plants are already growing in the garden so hopefully there’s no need to buy more this year. I might try to get some runners from the Alpine strawberries to start growing around the base of the cherry tree as a sort of living mulch, and some of the strawberry runners will need repotting, but there’s not too much else to do there apart from general plant care.
- Beans (Borlotti, dwarf Tendergreen, Neckarkonigin French beans)
- Broccoli (purple sprouting mixed, summer kailaan cross)
- Brussels sprouts (Roodnerf)
- Cabbage (Spring Greens/pointed cabbage, Golden Acre, red cabbage)
- Carrots (Parmex/Paris Market stubby ones)
- Chard (hardy white Lucullus)
- Chicory (Palla Rossa radicchio)
- Chillies (Hungarian Hot Wax, Cayenne, Numex Twilight, home grown Padron crossbreed)
- Courgettes (Defender, Yellow Crookneck squash, maybe Patty Pan)
- Cucumber (easy outdoor types, Konsa F1 and Marketmore, maybe Burpless Tasty Green F1)
- Jerusalem artichokes (unknown variety)
- Kale (Dwarf Green)
- Kohl rabi
- Leaf beet (Perpetual Spinach)
- Leeks (Musselburgh)
- Lettuce (baby leaf, mixed loose leaf, Little Gem, Arctic King)
- Oriental greens (choi sum, mizuna, mustards)
- Peas (Kelvedon Wonder, Sugar Bon dwarf sugar snap)
- Pumpkin (Sweet Dumpling, Rolet squash)
- Radish (French Breakfast 3, mixed summer seeds, Black winter radish)
- Rocket (cultivated, mesclun mix)
- Spinach (Matador, Fiorano F1)
- Spring onions (hardy Lisbon, Shimonita Japanese bunching onions, red bulbing Lilia)
- Sweet peppers (Romano, Colour Spectrum, small mixed peppers)
- Tomatoes (Losetto cherry, hardy Glacier, Black Cherry, Tigerella, and possibly a yellow or orange variety)
- Turnips (Purple Top Milan)
- Winter salad (packet of mixed seeds, lamb’s lettuce/corn salad/mache, endive, land cress)
I’m going to have to concede that we’re living in a bad area for blight, so it’s best to work with this limitation and stick with early-ripening tomatoes. And the soil’s too heavy for many root veggies to thrive, so it’s easiest to stick to stubby carrots and vigorous turnips and that’s about it for the time being.
- Mixed bee seeds
The bee seeds are going into a couple of medium sized pots, so they can be moved around the plot as needed, in case certain plants need a little extra help with pollination.
- Basil (sweet Genovese, Thai)
- Garlic chives
- Par-cel / leaf celery
- Parsley (flat leaf and curly)
- Tarragon (French)
Most herbs here are perennial, but I’ll start the rest off on a windowsill indoors. The sage needs repotting, but everything else should be okay.
That’s quite enough for a teeny tiny garden!
What are you going to grow this year? Old favourites? Something new? Or are you starting from scratch?