Last fall, well it was November actually, I built some raised beds out of very similar timbers that I also salvaged from a skip. Since I had some more wood I also knocked together some frames to use as covers. I just need to get glass or plastic to cover them and then I have the perfect cold frame. I have also made a primitive deck out of pallet wood, so mom and I can sit in the sun and admire all our hard work. I just need to find a good small table. Or I could build one.
I wish I could say that I have a green thumb, but to be honest I have quite a few miserable failures. I did sow some seeds about a month ago and although most of them sprouted I tend to leave them to long before I prick them out. But "better late than never" so today I'm salvaging the rest . I have pricked out about half of my seedlings, the Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odorous) and the pretty pink Morning Glory (Ipomoea), also an annual of which I save the seeds from every year. They are doing well and need to go into larger pots. I also managed to pot the Lily bulbs I bought, Lilium regale, and also the Sarah Bernhardt Peonie which I don't already have in my garden for some strange reason. I'm going to keep her in a pot for the time being. I don't want to loose her to the cold. I was also given some Foxglove (Digitalis) rosettes which grow like weeds in a friends's garden. I have tried to sow its seed, but never had any luck with getting the plants to flower, so now I'm excited.
I haven't really started the vegetables yet, although I sowed some basil, lettuce and spinach, but I killed some of them off with neglect. So I need to start those again pretty soon. This year I'll sow the regulars, carrots, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, lettuce and kale. I bought seeds of the dark green Italian Nero di Toscana, which tastes amazing. I want to grow a few plants of this and make chips from it. And I think I'll try turnips this year. I had never tasted them until I decided to try them recently and I really, really like them. Not to forget the most Icelandic of crops, the rutabaga, or swede. I've only grown it once before, they take up a lot of space, but they are so good when homegrown that it's worth growing a few.
I also sowed some dye plants, and I plan to dedicate a portion of the allotment to those. Some are perennials and the rest tend to be invasive annuals so I should have plenty of materials in years to come. I have Madder (Rubia tinctoria), Woad (Isatis tinctoria), Japanese indigo (Polygonum tinctorium), Calleopsis (Coreopsis tinctorium), Dyers Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) and Weld (Reseda luteola). I need to plant these on and perhaps sow a few more seed. I may live to regret this, but I don't think one can have too many dye plants. Oh, by the way, it it a pretty good indication that a plant is a good dye plant if the second part of the latin name is "tinctoria" (or similar) in the same way that "officinale" designates medicinal plants.