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simonj
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirpsycho wrote:
simonj wrote:
Just got the three main spud beds in on new, virgin ground yesterday, utterly shattered


Very Happy

Read your blog earlier, very interesting!


Cheers, Razz feel free to comment, hope it could be of some help, just updated it a bit more, I'm always going off to early without properly editing

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi

over the weekend I did a lot of weeding

My herbs mainly survived the winter - chives & oregano doing well , mint & taragon took a bit of battering but I'm hoping they come back, rosemarry in the back still small but I'm hoping that will grow more

2 Lavender thriving , one died

Also just made my first raised bed frames and now thinking about what to do with them

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raised beds almost full with veg, just the carotts to plant out later when they are bigger. Cucumbers ready to be put into bigger pots to bring them on, and tomatoes are in situ ready to grow, even one or two flowers appearing.

The out of control apple trees, were pruned back very hard and are now doing surprisingly well with lots of new growth, and all shrubs around the gardens are doing very well due to the lovely weather.

On the flower side, lobelia, alysum, begonias and impatients are all in the green house thriving in the sun. All the pots are washed down and filled with compost ready for their flowers, garden furniture all cleaned down and treated for the summer and any repairs needed done. Planted sweat pea in large bunches so they can climb up the shed and the gnarled base of an old clematis.

Very pleased with the work so far, only pest is the dog being too nosey and digs in the pots and makes a mess!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got some weeding done around the edging of my allotment in preparation for laying down weed fabric covered by bark chippings. Planning on doing a LOT less weeding this year.

I have some shallots growing away in the greenhouse so I prepared a bed for them which they will go into this weekend hopefully.

Got my carrot bed ready so as soon as this rain clears I'll be up to plant a couple of rows of early nantes.

I ordered a chillington hoe which arrived late last week. I think simonj recommended these? Thanks a million if that was you! It's a beast of a tool, it's making it very easy for me to clear up my plot. I sowed a couple of rows of spuds in record time with it too.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirpsycho wrote:
I ordered a chillington hoe which arrived late last week. I think simonj recommended these? Thanks a million if that was you! It's a beast of a tool, it's making it very easy for me to clear up my plot. I sowed a couple of rows of spuds in record time with it too.


Yup, and in the past few days I found it to be great for draining as well.

Yesterday got more seaweed but he easy way.
Neighbours of mine cut some commercially - so as the collection truck passed my house they dropped off a barrow load each time - private road toll's - the only way to go in my opinion.

Got to do a lot today as I may be going back to work at short notice in the next few days.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started chitting some parsnip seed on a damp kitchen towel in a plastic tray. Hoping they will germinate in a week.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirpsycho wrote:
Started chitting some parsnip seed on a damp kitchen towel in a plastic tray. Hoping they will germinate in a week.


Are they not like carrots, better put straight in the ground?

Done today -
1 ridge spuds, Rooster, non-certified
Leek bed built and planted, catch cropping lettuce same bed
Parsnips reset along with radish marker crop due to kitten attack on bed - again - 3rd time lucky

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some turnip (snowball) along with a load of lettuce (butterhead) sown today..a few more spring onion sown around the pea plot!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

planted out chervil, sunflowers, and sweet peas. Added some more urine to the compost heap.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

weeding, transplanting lettuce seedlings, sowing carrots and french beans, potting up peppers, tidying greenhouse, preparing pumpkin bed, watering pots and beds.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sowed brussel sprouts and cabbage in modules, planted 6 oca in the tunnel, potted on 3 rhubarb, sowed tomatoes peppers and cucumbers in a propagator (better late than never), i still havent planted the spuds yet. also got a new exotic(well for me anyway) its a lemon tree with one lemon and plenty of flowers on it, i am assuming that because it has one fruit that i dont have to worry about pollination, anyone know anything about lemons?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More drainage, used soil to backfill oat and quinoa bed's, tough going.
Yellow Radish put in as marker / catch crop in leek lines
Celettuce and lettuce as catchcrop to leek bed
Cleared more pine boughs, laid more pine cuttings on pathways
Updated blog on soil pH

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broadcast sowed some early carrots.
Sowed a row of peas.
Sowed a row of spring onions.
Sowed two small rows of early spuds (had some leftover seed that still looked healthy, wont be sowing maincrop).

Need to start sowing some bedding plants /cut flowers. Any recommendations welcomed!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would highly recommend Cosmos, sirpsycho....fantastic flowers that last until early winter and cheer up the garden as everything else dies off. I never used to bother with annuals till I discovered these and now I grow them every year.
I would recommend pinching out the tops of the young plants to make them bushy as otherwise they can get leggy and topple over.....mind you they still just keep flowering !
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planted 3 cucumber and 2 tomato plants outdoors today! Shocked ...may be a massive gamble..but i fear they may become pot bound if don't plant now! i've no large pots left! also planted 2 cucumber in the greenhouse..as a back up i've sown a good few seeds! just incase! out of curiosity..when does a plant become pot bound? can lans recover from this?
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