It’s veg all the way

muwagaillustrationSanta came and went and a very good time was enjoyed by all. There is always a fly in the ointment and one moaner – me. My hopes of the yuletide muck delivery came to naught – it didn’t stop raining and Santa could not deliver. Well, that’s life, I am sure I will get it later. I do need to improve my vegetable production and usefully our talk in November gave some really good tips which I shall definitely be trying this year – it could be the year I actually produce a usable parsnip!

Now, I don’t know if you noticed but it was a bit wet on the lead up the Christmas. It has been pretty much impossible to get the normal allotment preparation done and I, for one, found the damp dull days a bit wearing. You can only sort your seed packets a limited number of times and, as I am not a naturally organised person, sorting things has never been a strength of mine. I have plenty of other interests but again Linda (an oracle of logic and reason) pointed out that they are all weather-dependant (cycling, paragliding and astronomy) so I have had to resort to writing this article.

Spring officially starts in March (according to the Met Office). I am reliably informed that the weather will be warmer, the sun will shine and work in the garden and allotment can get underway. One of the good bits of advice in that November talk was to ignore the dates on the seed packet, only sow when the soil is warm enough to avoid the seed rotting, and also to sow little and often to avoid the customary gluts and famines. Also, just grow what you want to eat. It is not unusual to see crops remain unused in allotments which is such a waste of effort and resource. Lastly, do try new varieties but don’t forget the old faithfuls – they are still in the seed catalogues for good reason – they usually work and have good flavour.

Coming up
On February 26th the talk, by Julie Ritchie, is on ‘Winter into spring plantings’ which should set us up for some early action and the following month on March 25th we have a talk on ‘The gardens at the Cotswold Wildlife Park’ given by Tim Miles which should reveal a different side of this local attraction. All our talks are held in Milton village hall and we open at 7pm for tea and coffee before a 7.30 start. All are welcome so I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy gardening.

Tony Lewis

February – March 2020