|Winter Garlic bed after hoeing|
The soil is very wet and sticky but is drying fast. I have dug up the frosted brassicas (mainly "fourager" and purple sprouting) which were well and truly kaput and put them on the compost heap. Shame about the purple sprouting as it was just starting to come into season. Such is the throw of the dice. The smell of rotting cabbage and leeks was in the air! Yesterday I dug up my badly frosted leeks and rescued what I could for the table. I would have thought they would have stood the cold weather better but I guess too many days and nights of below zero just took there toll.
I managed to get my seed potatoes and they are now set up in the dining room in seed trays for chitting. Three varieties - Rosabelle (very successful last year), Desiree and a lets have go one called Blue D'Auvergne. They produce blue potatoes but not all the way through. I have also purchased onion sets (Red Baron) and shallots. The idea here is to supplement the seed sown onions with the sets.
So, the speed of the season is accelerating and there is more and more to do.