Braving the damp for veg

Cat deterrent: Plug plants of Cavolo Nero Black magic and chard Bright Lights next to the globe artichokes.

Cat deterrent: Plug plants of Cavolo Nero Black magic and chard Bright Lights next to the globe artichokes.

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IN last Saturday’s drizzly, cold weather, I managed an hour outside before I gave up.

Cold I can stand, but when this dampness eats into your bones, it’s horrible.

Enough of the bad weather. Here’s what I managed to do.

I potted up the tarragon and curry plants for the conservatory over winter, leaving just the two massive globe artichokes in the “beer fence” raised bed.

There’s actually a bud forming on one of them (the artichokes, not the beer bottles) – quite a surprise.

As sod’s law would have it, my overwintering plug plants arrived, so I had to get them in.

I managed to fit the Italian Cavolo Nero Black Magic and chard Bright Lights into this bed, along with many pointy sticks to try and keep George (the cat) off them.

They’re planted at about half the recommended distance, as I tend to thin them in the spring, which gives you an extra crop.

Behind the beer fence are two troughs filled with mixed hardy lettuce – if the weather gets too bad, I’ll bring them into the conservatory.

I’ve still got to find room for kale Fizz, but that will go where the runner beans are.

There’s also a large packet of pea Twinkle to sow for pea shoots and two packets of rocket Pegasus.

All these came from Suttons, as a Winter Veg and Salad Plants and Seeds Collection, quite a bargain at £13.99.