Iâ€™ve been busy putting some seeds down again this year. Nothing too exiting at the moment. Iâ€™m hoping that itâ€™ll be ok to use some of the seed that I have left over from last year as well as a couple of new verities Iâ€™ve bought online. Weâ€™ll soon find out I guess. Unfortunately I never organized a proper diary to record what I did last spring. I did scribble notes on various pieces of paper but never really gathered them all together. So one of the new toys I bought over the winter was a proper label printer. I bought the Brother GL-200 Garden Label Printer, Â£24.95, which can automatically print the date on each label. Iâ€™m very pleased with it. Every time I do something in the garden I make one label for the marker in the ground and stick a second label on a plank which Iâ€™ve screwed to the greenhouse door. The plan being that the plank will give me a diary that I can ponder over next year.
Iâ€™ve also invested in an automatic watering system. The tomatoes grown in the greenhouse were a big success last summer. Popular with our children and the B&B guests. So Iâ€™ve added a second bed to the greenhouse so we can grow some more along side the peppers and aubergines. The automatic watering will hopefully make life a little easier during our busy summer months. One of the disappointments of last year was some of the longer root vegetables. Parsnips and carrots. I think it was a combination of starting the seedlings in guttering and the fact that there are just too many stones in the soil in our raised beds. In hindsight I should have put better or sieved soil in the beds, but it seems like to much effort to do much about it now. Iâ€™m intending however to start the seedling off in some old toilet roll tubes filled with compost. Iâ€™ll transplant them, tube an all, into the ground when ready. Again, weâ€™ll wait and see if this helps.
Iâ€™m also trying to be more realistic about what we as a family will actually end up eating. The artichokes that I grew last year ended up being left in the fridge. We didnâ€™t really know what to do with them. The beetroot was another crop that grew well but wasnâ€™t so popular on the dinner table. I know we should work on new recopies etc, but concentrating on veg that we know how to cook makes sense for now.