February 04, 2015

What I want to grow in 2015

With winter almost over I am getting ready to throw the seed catalogue in the corner and dust off the seed trays. After our first year as allotmenters I realised, there is nothing quite like seeing your little seedlings growing through the year – and I cannot wait to start it all over again.

My gardening plan for 2015 is to extend the seasons. In 2014 we tested the soils with well over 15 vegetables and a bunch of herbs. Many of them were generous seedling gifts from our neighbours. We were successful with some, with others not. Despite the successes we couldn’t really fill our plates.

This year, we start with a clearer idea of what works and therefore will the plant list for 2015 not extend much. The original fifteen see the sweet corn, sweet potato and turnip go (the latter never got eaten), but will be joined by courgette, squash and pumpkin some of the successful additions from last season. I also would like to give broccoli and Brussels’ sprouts a go. And I must not forget the fruits: thanks to the strawberries, raspberries and currants cuttings, we hope for a fruitful summer!

While there will always be an element of trial and error, this year I would like to stick to the list and focus on producing regular crop throughout the whole season. Here is what I plan to plant and hope to harvest season by season:

Spring (May, early June)
Early Carrots, salad leafs, pak choi, peas, radish, spinach.

Summer (late June, July, August)
Beans, purple broccoli, carrots, courgette, cucumber, lamb lettuce, pak choi, peas, sweet peppers, radish, salad leafs, strawberries, summer raspberries, tomatoes.

Autumn (late August, September, October)
Autumn raspberries, beans, purple broccoli, green broccoli, cabbage, carrots, courgette, cucumber, lettuce, parsnip, peas, sweet peppers, pumpkin, radish, squash, swede, tomatoes.

Winter (November, December)
Green Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, parsnip, pumpkin, squash, swede.

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