7 January 2009

Fun-filled Christmas

Turns out I was right and didn't get to the plot before Christmas. Of course the fact that I went down with a virus that turned out to be 'proper' flu meaning I spent most of the holiday period in bed feeling very ill didn't really help. So no sprouts for Christmas lunch ;>( Which was probably just as well since I'm the only one who really eats them in the house and I wasn't eating at the time.

Fortunately, I got a couple of books on gardening and preserving to keep me occupied during dismal Christmas TV, endless viewing of Wall-e on DVD and watching the kids play on the Wii.

From bad to worse
Sadly things on the illness front haven't really improved. After a chest x-ray the other day it turns I have pneumonia. Bit of a blow to the plans to remodel the new plot over the winter. Given it's not likely I'll be seeing either of the plots anytime soon, I'll be experimenting with the 'no dig' system this year.

I'm consolling myself with ordering seeds, potatoes, etc. Ordered 24kg of potatoes the other day from Alan Romans. These were:

3kg Charlotte
6kg Desiree
6kg King Edwards
3kg Majestic
3kg Pink Fir Apple
3kg Sarpo Axona

This may sound like a lot for my two plots, and indeed it is! The vast majority of these are for my Dad and Grandad - they have a bit more room to play with than me, about 3.5 acres, although they only use a fraction of that these days.

The potatoes that are actually for me are the Charlottes and Sarpo Axona (these are supposed to be highly blight resistant). I may 'acquire' a few of the others though...

Guess it'll be a while before the next entry since I've been ordered to spent a lot of time on the sofa for the foreseeable future by the doctor ;>(


Greenmantle said...

I've grown Sarpo Axona, and they are indeed very blight resistant. They do need A LOT of water though, and good mulching before planting.

On the whole the I found the sister variety Sarpo Mira to be a better producer.

Goldmember AKA Cus AKA Cazaux said...

Very sorry to hear about your flu and pneumonia fellow farmer.

Wondered why you hadn't been posting.

Wishing you a speedy recovery and better health for 2009

Woody Wilbury said...

Sorry to hear of your pneumonia. This must be the sickynote season for allotments.

Things can only get better!

Matron said...

Hope you're feeling better now! Have you tried Sarpo Axona before? I am going to grow them this year for the first time because I had blight last summer. Are they any good?

lottie said...

So sorry to hear you caught the flu and now are poorly. I do so hope that you are soon fit and well and up and about.

My very best wishes