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Monthly Archive: January 2010

Blueberry Darrow

blueberrydarrowI have bought another Blueberry bush to grow alongside our original one. I have chosen Blueberry Darrow from Wiggly Wigglers. They say it bears the largest blueberry known and is a late season, self fertile compact bush. It will be planted in ericaceous compost in a tall pot to stand next to our other one.  

Blueberry Darrow is the largest fruit known, late season, mid to late August, upright compact bush and orange autumn tints.
Self fertile
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Seed Potatoes

I chose Focus to buy the seed potatoes this year and have limited my spending to £10. They look in good condition and I am pleased with the varieties I chose. I plan to chit them on the window ledge and plant from March to April in bags except for the main crop which will go in the ground. We should have a seccession of potatoes to last until late August. I am giving Rob the important task of labelling and planning the harvest.

charlotteCharlotte are salad potatoes which we have grown many times before and have always had a good harvest. They are good for salads, boiling and roasting and will store well. They are great dug up early as small potatoes but can be left in the ground to grow on a little too. I bought two bags of these. They should be ready to harvest in fourteen weeks from planting.




Sharps Express are a first early and are best boiled or steamed. They should be ready to harvest in ten weeks.

Rocket is another old favourite also for steaming and boiling. Approximately eleven weeks to harvest.

British Queen is a second early and are best roasted, mashed or used for chips. They should be ready in thirteen weeks.

Maris Piper is a versatile main crop also good for chips, mashing and roasting. They should be ready to dig in twenty weeks.

Temptation – More Seeds

Today I gave in and bought some seeds. I had already been to Netto and bought the Parsnip seeds that I had planned to buy for 19p but today bought four packets on impulse from Sainsburys. A pack of six mixed squash, sweetcorn, leeks and climbing beans. In my defence they are all varieties that I don’t have in my box of plenty but I could have lived without them.

beanbluelakeimagesClimbing Bean Blue Lake has white seeds and pods are Stringless when young. It is a vigorous climber producing round fleshy dark green pods. Sowings can be made indoors in April and outdoors from May to early July. Update 26th March, the seeds have been sown in modules.

Leek Real from Johnsons Healthy Harvest range should be high yielding with good white shanks and can be sown from January indoors. It is said to be disease resistant so we will give it a try this year.

Sweetcorn Sweet Bounty F1 is a new one to us which we shall sow outdoors in May.

Winter Squash Table Queen is a dark green acorn variety for harvesting August to October and is said to be the best squash for baking.

Rolet produces smaller cricket ball sized fruits. The pack also contains Pumpkin Jack ‘o’ Lantern, Turks Turban, Sweet Dumpling and a F1 Butternut. I have found Squash great fun to grow so am looking forward to these.



Sn’oh No

Heavy snow followed by freezing temperatures meant that the weight was too much for our poor tunnels and this is the result. Looks like we will have some serious repairs to do soon. It was such hard work to build the tunnels in the first place that I almost feel like giving up all together or at least giving up one of the plots.