After giving up my allotment at the end of 2015 I decided that I'd cut right back on what I grow. Last year, the only things I grew myself were potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers (apart from the fruit which I harvest each year). I decided on two potato varieties, two tomato varieties and one variety of cucumber. This year I'm stripping it back even further.
Even when I had the allotment, I still grew my potatoes in containers. They come out nice and clean and without any damage at all. I usually have many containers of potatoes on the go, this year I wasn't going to grow any at all but I know I'd miss that first new potato taste so I've decided to just grow a few.
I've gone for my favourites, Anyas, and a variety I grew a number of years ago, Sharpes Express. There's only ten tubers in total so they've been divided between four containers, just enough to give us a good taste at the beginning of harvest time.
Maskotka are my tomatoes of choice these days, they're a cherry variety and grow as a bush so there's no work involved in pinching out the side shoots or tying in as the plant grows, though I find they still need a little support.
I've decided that this will be the only variety I grow this year and I'm only going to grow maybe two or three plants. There's only me in the family who eats tomatoes, and I know there'll be enough on a couple of plants to give some to my mum and dad too.
The potatoes were put in to their containers on Sunday and the tomato seeds were sown on the same day, it's time to watch for growth now.
So that's it for this year, there'll be very little growing going on here but it should free up my time for other things. I wonder if I'll manage to stick to what I've decided or whether anything else will sneak in.