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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonj wrote:
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?


They can take a long time to sprout in the ground so I figured it's best to sprout them myself rather than wait a few weeks to see if they have rotted in the ground. Then I know for sure I have a good seed and can plant normally after they germinate and dont have to thin them out afterwards.

I have a packet of white gem that I might plant straight into the ground just for comparision. Will let ye know if the trial fails miserably!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally got the potatoe patch ready, i will plant tomorrow. finished sieving topsoil into a 4ft by 16ft raised bed it took 15 wheeelbarrows of soil i hope its worth all the work, the soil is really fine and soft i sowed parsnips and 3 types of carrots in it. i cant believe this fine weather today i also had to water all the fruit trees it must be a first for this time of year heres hoping it continues
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heno55 wrote:
finished sieving topsoil into a 4ft by 16ft raised bed it took 15 wheeelbarrows of soil

I can be quite jealous of other kitchen gardners - you put in as much soil as I take out rocks !! Confused

Im sure the bed will be fine after all that attention.
Looking forward to this years carrots and parsnips, beds in its second year of development now, and was heavily manured last year for spuds

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been hardening off summer bedding plants. I have planted up some pots with lobelia, alysum, and busy lizzies. Although they are planted a little early, I have them in sheltered spot. Begonias are still being hardened off.

Sweet pea are planted in bunches in tubs one to crawl up an old clematis, and the other in a large pot I have placed an obelix for the sweet pea to crawl up.

All veg planted in their growing positions, so it weeding, watering, feeding and harvesting from now on. yipeee!!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cardoon transplanted outside, supernemo applied to beds
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last few days I planted some raspberries I had raised earlier in the year in big pots.

Dug another raised bed on my allotment to increase the depth.

PLENTY of weeding and parparing an area for herbs / lettuce.

Considering planting a few tomatoes outdoors on the allotment - unsure which variety...

Planted some Cosmo (up through the compost in 3 days!). Also, planted more lettuce (iceberg/lolo rosso/butter head), cobra beans, potted on basil/sunflowers/brochili/brussels.

I planted 6 courgettes two weeks ago and only 2 came up. Planted another few to have just in case.

Half-filled the raised bed in my greenhouse in prep for tomato plants.

Forgot to plant my butternut squash seeds...reminder to self...

Carrots starting to break through on allotment and about 6 pea plants have broken through (out of about 90 so far!).
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a few strawberries from a strawberry bed I made earlier in the year and I must say they tasted So so nice Smile
I also planted gourds, gherkins, pumpkins and Chillies that I had in pots into some of my beds.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helped a mate yesterday and today putting in 7x30' lazybeds, chillington worked well, thats it - back to own garden
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re-arranged greenhouse shelving yesterday and filled a raised bed in the greenhouse in preparation for tomatoes and cucumber.

Planted out two rows of chitted parsnip seed.

Planted butternut squash and winter squash. Hoping to get six good plants between them.

Planted out 22 broadbean plants.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planted extra 12' Rooster Lazy bed
Almost finished out quinoa and oat bed, ordered more wood for new bed, prob. Onions and salad.

SirP - you must let us know how the chitted parsnips go in terms of shape and forking.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont mention the "f" word, i'll fill ye in though either way!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:00 pm    Post subject: Tasks I completed today Reply with quote

I dug a hole in London Clay down to 2 foot put in a huge plastic pot right down to ground level, secured it, filled it with reconstituted soil and planted a peony for 'er indoors. She sez it can last 100 years so it had to be done right
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirpsycho wrote:
Dont mention the "f" word, i'll fill ye in though either way!

But i use that particular F word all the time in the recipe drop section Sad

Anyway, yesterday got a bit more wood for the garden, a few more seed potato's for luck and bought a garden shredder from Lidl - thats me broke for the rest of the week.
Also ordered Michael B's book.

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday, shredded more pine boughs for pathways and applied home made weedkiller.
Finished off prepping quinoa bed and planted oats.
Today is going to be busy, lots of stuff being transplanted out

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 1:16 pm    Post subject: Tasks I completed today Reply with quote

After three years I have finally completed a 2cum planter (brick-built by my very own Bob the Builder in 2008) and have filled it with three years of home-produced compost ( almost 1/2 a cum ) along with ten bags of horse manure, five bags of commercial recycled compost, bits of trees and shrubs from the garden, old wooden fences, shredded paper. I is now the man innit.
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