Today was the first I’ve had in ages when I could hit the allotment with more than a glancing blow.
We’ve had a run of beautiful sunny and warm days here. It’s put a spring in everyone’s step and I feel like we’re closer than a gnat’s whisker to getting loads of stuff in the ground.
I’ve made an allotment plan, but there are still some details to iron out – like where to put the sweetpeas.
Sweet Peas are lovely to grow; pretty, prolific, great for cut flowers. I had thought about mixing them in with my climbing French beans, but then I noticed some convenient gaps in my little cut flower patch.
The flower patch currently contains sweet williams and achillea cassis, shortly to be joined by a sowing of nigella. It used to have echinacea too, but these seem to be irresistable to critters and were quickly munched. The echinacea-sized gaps looked just right for sweet pea wigwams.
Sweet peas are pretty greedy for goodness and water, and our soil is very free-draining so here’s what I did:
I put up a second wigwam too, completing all the steps the same, except finding bindweed roots instead. Gah!
The RHS recommend adding manure at least 4 weeks before planting. I’m not sure I’ll wait quite that long, it depends how the seedlings get on and what the weather’s like. The first sowing – with the exception of no-shows from the Solway Blue Vein – is looking good. I’ve pinched out the tips to make them branch out, and they look strong and healthy. And the second sowing are all up.