mudandgluts - first post of 2016

mudandgluts – first post of 2016

So here we go again, another shiny new year!

To mark the occasion my propagator is back on the kitchen windowsill from its short holiday under the bed, stuffed with onions, cerinthe and a third of my sweet peas. Unfortunately my Long Red Florence shallot seeds are lost in the wilderness that is my flat. Once it’s been de-Christmassed I might have a chance of finding them.

The onions are a bit of a punt. I shouldn’t really be starting them now with the spartan conditions I can offer. I can only keep them going in the greenhouse, which I’ve learned will not withstand a sharp frost. If we do have a real winter at some point and they curl up their toes I’ve plenty of time to re-sow, and plenty of seeds.

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On which note I have spent many happy hours this Christmas rummaging through my seed collection, chewing the end of my pen, jotting down ideas and embarking on complicated maths to make it all fit. The provisional result is (cue small fanfare…) Growing in 2016, which feels like I really need a smallholding instead of 7.5 rods!

It’s still raining, so it’s back to playing with seeds. This time packing them up for various seed circles and swaps. And possibly even looking for those dratted LRF seeds.

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