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davidk
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: The dry weather Reply with quote

With the lack of rain in the last few days the old raised beds have dried out a treat, I have been digging mad and have them in ok condition i think. Will be putting in some onion sets soon or is it still a bit early.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah its a welcome change from the constant rain...ive been digging for the last few days and like you the beds are looking good. i,ll plant my early spuds 17th march and onion sets around 23rd march. my garlic is coming up already,planted around jan 5th. happy so far..might resurrect my own thread for the coming season.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we had quite a heavy snow fall on saturday so the grounds still a bit wet in places but not too bad...of course the area that needs digging over is the wet area lol typical Rolling Eyes if the rain stays off a day or two more i may be able to get a bit done.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ground here has been frozen the last few mornings so didn't get any digging done.
Today is the first day that it's not frozen. The earth is looking nice and crumbly. Haven't seen it like this since last May.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Potatoes wrote:
The ground here has been frozen the last few mornings so didn't get any digging done.
Today is the first day that it's not frozen. The earth is looking nice and crumbly. Haven't seen it like this since last May.


Long may it last
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plot is the driest I've ever seen it.
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My Potatoes
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

davidk wrote:

Long may it last


Two weeks of dry weather, then one day of rain. Bam! Puddles everywhere. That dry spell had no impact on the water table. I'm considering growing rice Surprised Rolling Eyes between my rows of shallots!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

everybody relax still too cold soil temperatures will drop again this week, when natures ready then you should be ready, read a good gardening book for the next few weeks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or, you could spent the time turning your soil, manuring, seaweeding - and building a new greenhouse?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lius wrote:
Or, you could spent the time turning your soil, manuring, seaweeding - and building a new greenhouse?


My soil is clay loam. Working it, or even treading on it, while it is waterlogged will destroy the soil structure. As for laying foundations in these conditions...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank god for raised beds with Mels soiless Mix, you can dig and plant the beds after any weather and you dont tread on anything, just the path between the beds.

I came up with a way around building a foundation for the greenhouse. I laid out 2ft x 2ft paving slabs and build 12" raised beds the shape of the greenhouse up against a south facing garden wall. The timber frame connects to the raised beds and I will cover it with 10 mm polycarbonate next week.



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