It feels like I've abandoned the allotment for a while, but to be honest, there's not been a lot for me to be getting on with. Not to mention the fact it's so wet down here. The plot's on heavy clay and, when it's this soggy, there's no point setting foot on it.
I've got the seed potatoes chitting at home. As the maincrop I've got Cara, and Red Cara (not tried before) plus a handful of Accord for a row of first earlies.
Today I've sown some tomatoes too, the only seed I bother with in February.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm not growing tomatoes up the allotment this year, as they tend to fruit while we are away in the summer and I'm not happy nursing plants from February, only to lose the bulk of the harvest - simply no point.
Homegrown tomatoes are completely different gear to the shop bought ones though, so it would be churlish to ignore them completely. So, I've decided to grow some Tumbling Tom (Yellow) in hanging baskets at home.
No fancy propagators for me. I'll grow them on the windowsill in an old Flora tub.
For one, I don't need many plants - I only intend to pot on four, and I'll choose the two strongest for the hanging baskets. Secondly, the Flora tub is less precarious on the sill, especially with out little'un who tends to knock into everything.
The long range weather forecast currently suggests March will be a more settled month, with below average rainfall here in the south. If they've got it right, that should enable me to get my backside in gear and get the plot tidied up. I'll have Parsnips and Carrots on the agenda, plus the eary spuds to get in. But for Feb, I'll be content with my toms on the windowsill.