Growing in 2016
After much scribbling on my plot plans, checking against companion planting charts and umming/ahhhhing……voila! This is my latest stab at a plan for plots 100 & 92 in 2016.
I had some fantastic goodies in seed circles, and both they and Seedy Sunday meant changing everything around. Celeriac and cauliflowers are still out. I love them, but slugs love them more. Stevia, and pepinos are in for the first time, along with lots of new varieties of more standard crops. Monkey nuts failed to appear though.
Potatoes: Charlotte, Dunluce 2kg each from JBA (aiming for staggered planting so some can be lifted later – navy bed) plus maincrop Red Emmalie, Alouette, Pink Fir Apple, Sarpo Mira & Axona.
Garlic: Extra Early Wight, Tuscany Wight – planted October 2015 on #92. And 2 cloves of Elephant garlic.
Aubergines: Antigua*, Ophelia
Beans: Wizard Field Beans (40) Climbing: Cherokee Trail of Tears (16), Desiree runners (10), Cara la Virgen de la Bañeza León* (14), Inca Pea Bean, Monachello di Trevio* (10) Bush: Black Coco* (70 – 20 for HSL seed guardian scheme), Purple Teepee (10).
Brassicas: Evesham sprouts (4), Nero di Toscana (12 x 2), PSB (8), Gilfeather turnip/swede (8), Joan swede* (22), Pak Choi (10).
Courgettes: Atena F1, Genovese, Italian striped, Lunga Bianca, Wanda.
Cucumbers: Beit Alpha
Herbs: basil, salad burnet, stevia, thyme.
Leeks: Below Zero F1
Melons: Kajari* (2 – in greenhouse), pepinos* (6)
Oca: I have 2 types, peach and pink & white – to be grown I’m not sure how. Big pots = vine weevils, digging them out of the winter ground = misery.
Onions: Ailsa Craig (24), Long Red Florence shallot (24), Rijnsburger (24)
Peas: Meteor (sown November ’15 and thwacked by slugs), Kent Blue (greenhouse early crop), Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea*, Sutton’s Purple Podded, Sugar Lord*.
Peppers: Chilli: Black Hungarian, Bulgarian Carrot*, Chupetinho*, Fish*, Orange Wonder*, Padron* (8), Rob’s Trial ‘B’, Satan’s Kiss*, Serrano Tampiqueño, Trepadeira Werner* Sweet: Lipstick*, Sheepsnose*.
Roots: Parsnips (18), beetroot (Crapaudine*, Egyptian).
Salads & leaves: cicoria Spadona* (16)
Squashes: Flat White Boer*, Georgia Candy Roaster*, Potimarron, Sucrette* (as an Orphan grown for HSL seed guardian scheme), Thelma Sanders
Sweetcorn: Sundance F1,
Tomatoes: Outside:Crimson Crush F1 (3) Inside: 100s&1000s, Blaby Special, Black Cherry, Blush*, Burpee’s Jubilee, Kenilworth King George*, Marvel Striped*, Medovaya Kaplya, Paul Robeson*, Purple Ukraine, Red Zebra*, Sosulka Oranzheraya (Orange Icicle), Sweet Aperitif, Sunrise Bumblebee*
Other things to dot about: giant achocha, cape gooseberries (6), yacon
Flowers: aster mixed pompom, cornflowers, cosmos (6), honeywort (8), marigolds (16 – put under beans), nasturtiums (self-seeded), nigella (self-seeded), sweet peas.
Permanent crops: apple (Christmas Pippin), bay, blackcurrants (1st year), chives, comfrey, fig (2nd year), globe artichokes, grapevine (1st year), gooseberries (green, cooking), gooseberries (red, dessert), mint, mistletoe (2nd year – 2 more years to harvest), pear, pomegranate (still too small to fruit), quince, raspberries (autumn), redcurrants, rhubarb, saffron, sage, strawberries, strawberry tree (first flowering Nov. 2015), tayberries, wild garlic (2nd year).
- Onions, leeks, garlic will all need to go under enviromesh for fly protection – order covers to fit.
- Kale, turnips and swede are also together under enviromesh
- Greenhouse needs a really good clean on the inside – need to buy a ladder!