Tidying Up the Garden, Seed Catalogues and New Year’s Resolutions!

Veg patch left over from the autumn

Before the start of each New Year, I like to have a good blitz in the house and garden, clearing away anything we no longer require.

Over the last few days we’ve had a big thaw and a few hours of rain, so the conditions are now perfect for weeding and having a general tidy up around the garden. 

Veg patch after tidying!!

I’ve spent a productive morning clearing our vegetable patch and hoeing this over in readiness for February planting.  I’ve also weeded the flower beds and garden planters, mulching afterwards to ensure a weed free, spring bulb spectacular! 

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more self sufficient and grow a larger amount of our own veg.  Over the last few years I’ve usually planted my vegetables in April, but this year hope to grow an earlier crop of peas, spinach and potatoes in February. 

Shopping

If you haven’t ordered any seed catalogues now is the time to do so.  I like nothing better than snuggling down with a catalogue on a cold winter’s evening and planning my future planting.   Here are a few of my favourites:

Dobies are a Devon based Nursery providing a great seed selection. Their 91% success rate has greatly impressed Which Magazine  who have named them best seed supplier for 2009 and 2010.

The Organic Catalogue Company supply organic and environmentally friendly seeds, but if you’re looking for something a little different Original Touch  have a great collection of unusual varieties of vegetable, herbs and salads.  I’m also very partial to seed potatoes from Marshalls Seeds. 

Happy seed sowing!

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