The first sowing of next years pea crop - Taiwan Sugar Pea - which Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots sent me.
He's already supplied me with the first ever sowing of next years crops - thirteen varieties of garlic - which I put in the ground a few weeks ago. I'll need to check the allotment next weekend to see how they are doing. Fingers crossed they'll come through the winter.
It was also the first time I put the greenhouse to use.
I've sown the seed in a couple of lengths of gutter pipe and they will stand in the greenhouse through the winter. I'm hoping this way they'll grow on enough to plant out in February/March and maybe I'll get a crop a few weeks ahead of the seed sown direct in the ground in Spring. That's if the mice don't get to them and that's why there's a roll of wire mesh to cover the sowing.
Now maybe it's way too soon to sow now but it's a lot more interesting than tidying up the plot. If it doesn't work I can always sow again next year and anyway I'm banking that once they've germinated there's not going to be all that much growth before Februrary/March anyway.
I've kept some seed back in case I have losses and also because I want to compare the gutter sown peas against those sown direct in the ground next year. I don't know if there will be much between them but at least it gives you something to do this time of year.