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Liz D
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know you could plant butternut squash already- must get mine in the ground too!

Did you put cloches around your lettuce seed?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

herself's dad is having a polytunnel delivered tomorrow; so today was spent felling a nondescript evergreen which would have shaded it, chopping it up, mulching the bits which could have been mulched, digging out roots, and rotovating the soil where the polytunnel will go. we threw in two half full compost bins, but given the soil had a lot of roots criss-crossing it from trees (about half of which have been removed, i'm anxious to get some horse manure in too.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I built my 8th raised bed on the allotment and dug/well-rotted manured 3 others.

Planted three short rows of 2nd earlys (queens - they seem to do well in my area). I dug a 6inch trench for the seeds and covered them in rotted horse manure and soil.

Dug out / prepared a new strawberry bed which is about 8ft x 4ft. It's like a raised bed except with no wooden border. I'm going to cover it with weed suppresent fabic and cut slits to plant the strawberries through.

Weeded and removed stones from the edges of my 8 beds in preparation for covering with weed fabric covered by wood chippings.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted strawberries in an old wheelbarrow with drainage holes. It worked well last year, and slugs don't seem to figure out the way up that often. But it looked ugly, so I painted it green, and painted some big daisy flowers on the sides- much better now!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All potatoes planted today in potato bags placed around the garden. Planted the 3 strongest tomato plants in deep window boxes in greenhouse. Transplanted some of the stronger tomato and cucumber seedlings into larger pots to bring them on. Sowed carrotts in raised bed.


Got rid of any dead or damaged plants around the front and back garden and replaced all shrubs. Sweet pea planted in greenhouse now 6" high already.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the weekend got 2 strawberry beds planted up and planted up some raspberry canes and some rhubarb, spuds next week end hopefully.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woohoo! gardening in full swing now! Over the weekend got the following done.

Dug and manured the cauliflower and broccoli beds and covered with weed suppressing membrane,

Planted out 15 Broad bean plants
Planted out 17 strawberry plants
Planted out 3 rhubarb
Planted out 10 cauliflower plants (got them in lidl, couldn't resist 3 quid for 12)
Planted out 10 calabrese plants (lidl, as above, couldn't resist)

pricked out and potted on some tomatoes, cabbages, romanesco, cauliflower and broccoli

Sowed:
Parsnips
rainbow chard
4 varieties lettuce
baby leaf mixed lettuce
more cauliflower
more broccoli
Peas
French beans

mulched yet more paths

Caved and bought a blowaway greenhouse in homebase for 50 quid Rolling Eyes I'm determined to have lots of tomatoes and chillis this year!!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sowed:
Brussel Sprouts: Bosworth F1
Broccoli
Broad bean: Bunyards Exhibition
Lettuce: Lollo Rosso & Iceberg

Bought parsnip seed (Gladiator) and hoping to plant it this week. Although, tempted to chit them first on wet kitchen paper.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to Seapoint Beach Termonfeckin to collect seaweed. Then planted largest cauliflowers and cabbages and covered the raised bed with seaweed.

Sowed more carrotts, lolla rossa lettuce and more scallions. Have the kale sitting out in the fresh air getting ready to plant on Saturday and covered the whole lot with netting to stop the little dog jumping on the bed to investigate.

First lot of lettuce showing already
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sowed in trays:
Marigold
Sunflowers

Mangetout in modules
Pak Choi

Starting to run out of shelf space in the greenhouse!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a full week has gone by and nothing sown since 27th march Did some digging and weeding. Tidied up compost heap. Salad onions have come overground and I have sown some early Runner beans inside in containers, plum tree in blossom but I think it is a bit early. Gooseberry buds have been damaged by birds so there will be a small crop this year. Rhubarb has finished its first flush and has slowed down. We are approaching the busiest time of the year and time is running on. Must not neglect the forum or I might miss something interesting.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planted a new strawberry bed with 18 plants (6 elsanta, 6 cambridge, and 6 late croppers).

Planted two more small rows of early spuds.

Planted two blackcurrant bushes.

Setup wind breakers all around my allotment boundary.

Dug over two beds really deeply in preparation for carrot sowing (early nantes & autumn king) and parsnip (gladiator & white gem) sowing later this week.

My first time pulling some rhubarb from plants I installed last year. VERY tasty in a rhubarb crumble yesterday.

Sowed a few more brussels and broccili in seed modules since I had poor germination rates with my original batch. Also, sowed some trailing petunias and a few more broadbeans in trays and modules respectively.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planted some Dwarf Runner Beans(Classic) in greenhouse for transplanting..also sowed some back up cucumber plants.as my cucumber plants were sun burnt over the weekend!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got the three main spud beds in on new, virgin ground yesterday, utterly shattered
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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