I’m just coming to the end of my week off and it’s been very productive. But I need to go back to work for a sit-down.
The big achievements are that I finished pruning the orchard, and moved into the potting shed.
So then, I got on with using the shed. I potted on my tomatoes and sweet peas. Then I sowed runner beans, parsley, Nigella sativa (black onion seed), onions, leeks and lots of flowers – cosmos, chinese lanterns, borage and nasturtiums. I’m really excited to see how the black onion seed turns out. It should be pretty as it’s closely related to love-in-a-mist (Nigella damescena). The seeds are used a spice in Indian cookery but I’m not sure they’ll develop enough taste in our climate. It’s also mentioned in the Koran as a medicinal herb, but I don’t know anything about its medicinal uses so I’ll have to check that out. When I have time.
I’ve loads more seeds to sow but I’m trying to be sensible or I’ll end up with too much potting on to do in a few weeks.
Yesterday, Keith and I went to the Edible Garden Show. It’s one of the new shows to replace the Royal. We weren’t expecting much as it was the first one and it was cancelled last year because they couldn’t get enough stallholders. It was very good and absolutely heaving with people. Great to see it so well supported. I bought a book and some herbs – a pretty lemon thyme for my old herb pot, a variagated sage and a bergamot. Also found some lovely terracotta pots reasonably priced and from a company based in Lutterworth – so we’ll be buying from them later this year.
That’s all for now I think. It’s a busy time so there should be lots more to report next time.