Perhaps if the weather is suitable, you will be sowing broad beans (unless
black fly has broken your heart!) and spinach in February––and planting
shallots and Jerusalem artichokes (if you like them). Have you got these
items or ordered them? If not, get busy. And if you have planned all you are
going to grow this season, order all your requirements right away from your
seedsman or nurseryman.
The value of a good strain of seed is tremendous, so
deal with a good supplier. And, if you have not already done so, write for
his catalogue without delay. You may not be able to get your favourite
varieties, but the catalogue will show you what is available, and your
supplier will advise you about suitable alternatives to your favourites. And
use the order form he supplies: it is more easily dealt with than an order
written on odd pieces of paper. Be patient with the seedsman and don't worry
him by constant reminders. He's got his troubles, too.
Don't forget to "sprout" your Seed Potatoes
If you haven't ordered your seed
potatoes, do so at once. As soon as they reach you, set them up to sprout
(rose end uppermost) in shallow boxes in a cool (though frost-proof), dry
shed, where they can get plenty of light and produce the short, sturdy
shoots that make for earliness and high yield. Don't let them get even
slightly chilled, for that's enough to kill the "eyes".