At the start of the New Year it is traditional to make Resolutions for the year ahead but long ago I realised these were a waste of time - I invariably weighed the same at the end of the year as I did at the start, the washing still reached mountain-sized proportions before I finally put it away and I never did start that course on how to speak perfect French in 6 weeks.
However I have found that putting my lists in the public domain does ensure I get more done than if I just leave a paper list on my desk ... remember my December Gardening List? Well I may not have got everything done (Christmas and inclement weather rather got in the way) but I reckon I did more than had I not published the list. So, following on from there here are my garden plans for 2015:
Source and plant a Quince tree
I love quince jelly so this seems a natural addition to our orchard,
Sort the fruit trees in our small orchard
They really do need a good mulch and prune
Grow something totally new in the polytunnel
Any ideas what it should be? In 2014 I grew peanuts with, how shall we say, limited success, but I need something new for 2015.
Keep on top of weeding
This may be rather like saying I'll lose weight or suchlike but now it's written down you have my full permission to chastise me if, later on in the year, I am moaning about the triffidness of the weeds.
Grow more beans for drying
We love cooked beans and now that I have found the dried beans that the mice stashed away I have good supply of saved beans, plus some from a friend so I should be able to grow more of our own beans in 2015.
Make a paved area in front of PT
Each summer this becomes a dump for plants that don't need to be in the polytunnel and then the grass grows up where I can't cut or strim it. So I reckon if I pave a small area I will have solved this messy issue.
|Area in need of paving|
Plant more fruit bushes
I have space in my soft fruit area but what should I grow? I need a replacement jostaberry for the one that died last year but what else could I grow? I already have gooseberries, tayberries, loganberries, raspberries, red, white and blackcurrants and an extremely spiky worcesterberry.
Grow more cauliflowers!
Last year for possibly the first time I managed to grow cauliflowers that were actually big enough to bother harvesting and numbered more than one! Will 2015 see even better results?
|An Eco-Gites of Lenault Cauliflower!|
So that's it - I may add things as I think of them but here's welcoming in 2015 with good intentions for our veg and fruit growing.
I wonder if anyone else has garden plans - you could always pop over to Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky and have a look at other gardening blogs.