I've just spent a lovely day making the first sowings of pea and broad bean seeds which I bought from the Trading Hut. I will sow some more peas when the grandchildren come to stay during half-term - if they are going to eat them they need to put in the effort too!
As well as Aquadulce Claudia I tried two other broad bean varieties - Masterpiece, which comes with an RHS AGM certification so I shall be interested to see how it compares with Aquadulce and Green Windsor, a shorter-podded heritage variety which I was given by a friend.
The pea varieties I sowed are Feltham First, an old faithful and Blauschokker, another heritage variety which produces dark purple pods, handy so I won't miss them when picking.
Finally, garlic, shallots and onion sets have now been planted in modules in the greenhouse to give them a head-start before they go out on the allotment. For the past few years we have been growing them in spent strawberry bags and they have done very well but this year we are going back to planting them straight into the soil. We'll have to wait and see if there is any difference between both methods.
I'm sure you have all been busy preparing your allotments for the spring so let us know what you've been up to - we look forward to hearing from you.
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