It's all starting to get busy now with loads of seedlings on the go and all the beds nearly ready to be filled with plants. It still feels a bit cold to plant seeds directly into the soil though so everything is being started off in the greenhouse or on window ledges at home. These beetroots were planted a week or two ago and they're coming on brilliantly. I've planted them up in paper pots which they'll be left in until they're a bit bigger and ready to go in the ground - this is perfect because beets hate having their roots disturbed.
When it comes to growing stuff one thing I learnt last year is that my allotment neighbour Brian knows alot more than me, so if he's planting something it probably means it's the right time to do it! This means I'll be keeping an eye on what he's upto on his plot and what he's planting - it's one of the facts of allotments that the old hands on any site are likely to be able to give you more relevant knowledge than any book that you can read. They're not always right but if they've had a plot for 15 years they tend to be on the right lines and asking advice is a great way to get the know other people on your site - which comes into its own in the summer when you can swap produce with you new found friends!