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tagwex
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch! And there is me just keeping you informed.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh.. You are being nice Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made a start yesterday on the tired and dead hanging baskets and tubs. Planted loads of heather, cyclamen and bulbs. Made a start anyway. Got hospital treatment tomorrow so won't feel like getting out in the garden again till at least the weekend
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gemini wrote:
Oh.. You are being nice Shocked

I always am. I think.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You only think?

I have a neighbour here today to weed my flower beds. Wasn't that nice of her to offer?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I like to think I am. At least I try to be anyways.
Give her an eclair!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My neighbour is fascinated with the forum. I just told her about it now. I think we might just have a new recruit.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gemini and margo, hope you guys are on the mend.

This week i marked out the areas for two new veg patches instead of the one old one. The new ones are in a sunnier spot and i could still use all the compost ive made in the old area (can't I?). I havent decided whether to try dig down or build up two raised beds. The latter is probably the easier option.

Ive also pruned one of the tomato plants fairly ruthlessly as it was getting black fringes on its leaves. Not sure what to do with the three of them with winter approaching.

Anybody else using the small biodegradable bags for compost from Aldi? I find they're taking a long time to break down. Ive started burying the fruit n veg waste just as it is instead of bothering with the bags, hope that's alright to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just back from Dublin last night after going up on Monday to finish the Sons Workshop...managed to get the Roof Frame cut and put in place and laid the Sheets of Plywood...covered that with Blow Torch Felt and a coat of Bitumen... put the Windows and Doors in and ended up painting the Interior Walls...all ready now for the Furnishings but I'll leave that to himself... only the Plasterer to come back and finish the Exterior now...had to wait til' the Doors/Windows were in...next visit will be in a few weeks time to dismantle the old Workshop...have to go to Cork shortly for a week or two and that will be a break...

This Morning after my walk I got stuck into the Turrets and coated them with Preserve and hung a few Doors and cut out a few Windows for the Cells, the Son is making the Bar Windows...so all that's left is the Painting {guess we must have no Painters/Decorators on this Site} and the Bridge to make and it's finished...

Haven't been in the Garden for a while now but this Weather is suppose to continue for another few Days so maybe tomorrow I'll get to cut the Grass/Hedge...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gemini wrote:
Especially Geronimojess.
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Thank you for the invite but I've enough on my Plate to keep me going for the Foreseeable Future...afraid your going to have to rely on Tagwex...Lucky you... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am here you know Geranimojess. I am a treat to behold, pity about that as I was looking forward to meeting you with a shovel in my hand.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So your another one who has to let a Weapon do your talking for you...Tut Tut...or maybe you were on your way to assist Gemini...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MzG, you would really be better off composting your veg wast in a compost bin. The proprietary plastic ones work well, take up little room and are cheap. You will get a much faster breakdown of waste material in one of these as the various bacteria, bugs, slugs and other critters that recycle our waste have warmth, shelter and moisture in which to work and live comfortably. You will get better, faster results if you add a mix of kitchen waste (no meat, fat, bread etc, lest you attract rodents) weeds minus seeds, grass clippings, soft prunings/hedge clippings, egg cartons and other paper or cardboard products. The latter should be torn up and or squashed.
If you want to improve the soil composition for your raised beds quickly, without waiting for compost to decompose, then buy in some suitable stuff or collect seaweed if you are near the coast or get a load of leaf mould and autumn leaves. It won't cost too much, even to buy bags of manure, for a couple of beds. You could also consider sowing a green manure before the month is out. This would conserve the nutrients in your soil and greatly improve its texture, once it is dug in.
The important thing is to get organic matter into your soil as soon as you can so the soil flora and fauna can get to work while there is warmth in the ground. Then you will have much better soil to grow your veg in, come the spring.

See: http://www.gardenplansireland.com/articles/article43.html
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Good Guy! Ive stopped using the smaller bags now. The compost ive been making in the veg patch has been there all summer (with all the components on the list). D'you think i could just move it soon into the new spot? It looks and smells well rotted. And if so, is it a matter of spreading it in a layer over the clay or digging it in deep?

Its so hard to dig this soil, yesterday i pulled out a jutting rock from under the compost that turned out to be the size of a patio slab Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's where you need the pick axe! Really, to get any decent depth of soil, unless your raised beds are going to be a foot high, you will need to break up and dig the underlying soil, taking out whatever rubbish the builders have left you. Then you can incorporate your rotted organic material. You only need to do that deep preparation once, if you do it right. It will be worth a few blisters and aching muscles!
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