About a month ago I decided to sort my seeds out which I had stuffed in various boxes, stacker unit drawers etc. I'd actually been meaning to do it all winter but it was only when Neil mentioned that one of his workmates had an allotment and I said ''Does she want any seeds?'' that I actually sat down and went through them all. First of all I sorted them into flowers and edibles. Then I put the edibles into A-Z piles and went through them and arranged them into piles of lettuce, tomatoes, cabbages etc etc. When this was all done I then went through each individual type of veg and sorted them into varieties....writing them all down as I went!
The results surprised me as I'd estimated I 'only' had about 50 different types of veg...if that! In actual fact I had 80 different types of vegetables which were comprised of 257 different varieties!!!
I had 17 different types of tomato and lettuce...12 types of carrot...10 radish...9 beetroot...8 cucumber...7 leek...6 peas.....you get my drift! I don't think I'll be buying much salad stuff at the shops this year, do you?
As well as edibles I always insist on flowers on the plot too as they not only look good but also bring in the predators that keep things like aphids and caterpillars in check.
Three varieties of half-hardy annuals were also sown this afternoon - two climbers and one 'exotic' that I know from experience is popular with the pollinators - Tithonia aka Mexican Sunflower.
The other two I've sown today are both climbers: Ipomoea...also known as Morning Glory. The two I have are Grandpa Otts and Heavenly Blue. I sowed some of the former last year but then neglected the poor seedlings so this year I'll be a lot more careful and organised!
I'll be continuing to sow more flowers and edibles over the coming fortnight so I'd best get cracking with digging those beds so they're all ready for them all.