Gardening Blog – Poppies Galore



I love this time of year. Everything is waking up and there’s a lot to look forward to. Seed sowing is up at the top of the list. There’s only one section of my plot left to dig and then, as soon as the soil warms up,  I’ll be ready to start sowing.

It’s already looking more like the kind of plot where fruit and veg might be happy to grow. I’ve manured the section where my seed potatoes will be planted in a few weeks time and added a good few dollops for the newly planted ‘Autumn Bliss’ raspberries too.

New blackcurrants have gone in and (following the planting instructions) I’ve cut them back to a couple of inches above the ground. There were already a few small gooseberries bushes on the plot when I took it over. I’ve pruned those and look forward to seeing how productive they are this summer.

A very knowledgeable allotment neighbour has been digging a trench for his runner beans and filling it with half rotted compost from the top of his heap. The compost heap I’ve inherited needs a bit of sorting out so that’s not an option for me this year.  But runner beans need a lot of feeding so I’ve started to fill my bean trench with old vegetable peelings instead. I’m not quite sure when I made the transition from normal(ish) mum who enjoyed growing food to mildly eccentric woman who carries bags of rotting vegetables across Henley Bridge – but it’s happened.

The forecast is good for the next week or so and I have some unexpected free time. The project to turn the car parking section of my small garden into a gloriously green space has been postponed. The only positive thing about that is that I’ll have the chance to catch up with all the things I haven’t managed to do yet – planting the onion sets, shallots and garlic for example. Other plot holders tell me that they are planning to plant broad beans, carrots and peas. If the weather stays mild, I’ll do the same.

Apparently, the previous growers on my plot grew a lot of poppies. I can see masses of seedlings appearing already. I won’t weed them all out. I like a good mix of flowers around my fruit and veg.   Cosmos and calendula are germinating on my kitchen window sill, but the poppies are appearing without any effort from me at all. Perhaps I’ll keep a few for the Chelsea Fringe Henley Plant Sale in May? As I said, lots to look forward to!