"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." That's what my blog title sounds like, doesn't it? Today is March the twelfth. Traditionally In Ireland, Praeties (potatoes) were planted on St Patrick's Day, the 17th. This is also the day when the cows went out for the summer grazing.
However after the warmest February and probably the wettest March we have resorted to plant some in my office, my poly-tunnel.
Regular readers will know that I have lots of recycling ideas and a great believer that gardening and vegetable gardening in particular should not cost much.
The old estate gardeners believed in home made compost, and make do and mending and propagation by cuttings and division.
Number one son bought a new welder and it came in a cardboard box which I used in the veg plot and it's polystyrene packaging is now a potato planter in the poly-tunnel. I just punctured some drainage holes and filled them up with compost from my compost piles.
We bought some seed potatoes (2 bags for 5 Euros) from our favourite German garden (Lidl) centre in Bantry and planted 8 potatoes in the two planters. Then we covered them up with some more of our homemade compost. I also planted some red onions in trays. They will be planted out in a week or three when they start shooting and they won't rot in the cold and wet soil. I have planted my white onions outside a couple of weeks ago and they are not happy bunnies.
We will plant the other early potatoes in a couple of weeks and this gives me time to clear the plot of weeds and for it to dry out. Have you started thinking or even planting in the veg plot? We have got seeds sprouting in the kitchen and they love the warmth of the central heating.