Variety is the prompt for Tuesday. They do say we can use these prompt words however we like!

Just Jot It January is by Linda Hill (with help from her friends). You can jot something down for the prompt anywhere, any time, just post it on your blog before the end of the month (so it seems). You can read the full instructions here.

Variety – Jan 16th

This is linked back to John’s blog post for the day.

Instant thoughts on ‘variety’…

My first thought was Variety theatre. These shows seem to have gone out of fashion, but included short performances by different types of entertainer. Typically these would include comedians, acrobats, singers, dancers, magicians…

Then I thought of vegetable varieties. Despite my difficulties gardening last year, I am hoping to at least grow some vegetables this summer. Last year I managed to grow my favourite cucumber although I missed harvesting several of them until they’d grown to marrow size! I also grew the last of the lettuce that I loved when I got it the previous year.

Heritage seed library

I get some of my seeds from Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. As a member, I get up to six varieties free each year. The lettuce, Greek Marouli Cos, is one of them, and I was delighted it was back in stock this year. All the varieties in the HSL are grown by volunteers under strict conditions, and the seed then saved to populate the variety the following year. The cucumber I liked best (a long pale one) was an HSL variety, but is no longer available. So I switched a couple of years back and got some seeds from Garden Organics’ commercial shop instead. I saved seeds from that and could stock a nursery with them if necessary! We like those just as much, although my friend tried them and found them bitter. But he found his own bitter the previous year, so he thinks it’s his soil!

I also got seeds of a kale variety, some carrot and beetroot, and a red pepper. I hope that’s a sweet type, not hot!

Two varieties of lettuce planted out around a tower of cucumber, June 23

I have so many seeds in stock. I’m not going to sow them now, as I haven’t got the energy to look after them properly. Also not the strength to grow them in pots and lift watering cans!

Variety | #JusJoJan24 the 16th
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4 thoughts on “Variety | #JusJoJan24 the 16th

  • 16 January, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    I wonder if your friend feels that way about all cucumbers? Apparently it’s a genetic thing, like cilantro tasting like soap. My sister-in -law is that way about cucumbers, and also melons, sadly. I’m that way about cilantro, which makes it tricky in Mexican restaurants.

    • 16 January, 2024 at 4:25 pm

      I’ll check with him, but given he was trying to grow his own cucumbers before he found my blog posts/FB posts about them, he must have wanted to eat them in the past. Although, he is on a fair number of meds now… that could affect his taste.

      I have a couple of other friends who can’t cope with cilantro/coriander. Poor Joanne needs hardly a sniff of it before she has to dash to the loo for the rest of the day. When I ordered the Birthday Tea I put in strict order for none in, on or anywhere near the sandwiches!

  • 16 January, 2024 at 8:10 pm

    Variety is the spice of life, that’s what I’d go with! I’m very much a chilli girl (and chilly too at the moment, this cold weather is outstaying its welcome).

  • 17 January, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Oh, how I’d love to have a garden. But I’m afraid the dog would eat everything, not to mention the multitude of wild animals. Yours looks lovely! 🙂


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