These were sown about three weeks ago from a packet of supermarket dried marrowfat peas and kept indoors in front of the only accessible window. And whilst a bit leggy the tops are refreshingly delicious and there are more to come planted in containers outside…
They germinated slowly outside but burst into leaf prompted by the frosty weather last week. They are filling up the pots containing the scented tulips the idea being that by the time the tulips emerge the pea shoots will be eaten and over. Full of vitamin C and with a lovely fresh pea flavour they make a great salad added to other leaves or stirred into a risotto towards the end of cooking.
Broad beans sown at the same time have germinated too but not all of them. There are signs of emerging green shoots in the gaps and all will be planted out in mid-February and another batch sown this weekend. And the potatoes are chitting in the warmth of the kitchen: Charlotte (lovely waxy flesh and great in salads), Cara (splendid roasted as wedges), Lady Christi (1st early that can be left to grow on) and Pentland (a maincrop and good for mashing).
There’s been stop start progress on the shed but with the windows cleaned it looks tons better and I’m about to apply the second coat of creosote.
We’ve had one conversation which stopped progress for half a day and it went: ‘What are those doing there’? (5 rusty Cow & Gate powdered milk tins vintage 1950’s full of rusty screws). Me ‘Waiting for my next trip to the city dump’. Husband ‘But I want them’. Me ‘They came from my dad’s shed and I definitely don’t want them-in fact here are four even larger tins also full of rusty items that came from your dad’s shed. Would you like to keep those?’ Silence.
I put mine out on the pavement and an hour later they’d gone. My guess is they are now happily resting in some other garden shed.
The Sarcococca hookeriana is blooming and filling the terrace with its heavenly scent. And more wallflowers have emerged on the allotment.