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Planning the garden jobs month by month - JANUARY


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:25 am    Post subject: Planning the garden jobs month by month - JANUARY Reply with quote

In an effort to put a halt to the rampant and rambling 'what did you do today', I want to start up a monthly topic on what do I plan to do this month/what did I do this month. There will be 12 of them obviously but we can come back to it each year with all comments filed away from previous years. It should work with input. Comments in early February should be stand alone and not a continuation from January and so on. It makes more sense when reading back if divided monthly.

So with that said, not a lot going on this month due to the cold temperatures and low light but it is a time to start planning.

But just to get going and plant something perhaps some winter salad leaves, cabbage, spinach and the like.

Clean the greenhouse. Wash trays and pots in readiness. Carry out repairs to infrastructure, (fencing, fruit cages, raised beds, watering systems etc.).

Spread well-rotted manure or compost on your vegetable beds and cover them down with black polythene to start the warming process.

Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I LIKE the 'rampant and rambling 'what did you do today''! However in response to your post....

Yesterday I spent most of the day in the garden (God it felt good to be back out there!) I finally got around to putting up some of the windbreak I bought last May and stripped Ivy off a couple of small trees - much to the delight of one of the resident robins.

I also spent some time in the wood/orchard, trying to decide what to do with it. Some of the apple trees have come to the end of their useful life. One has lovely blossom but small 'woolly ' apples and has canker. The other two just don't earn their keep and I'm fed up of struggling with them.

I made some sketches and positioned some 8' canes where I am thinking of putting more trees, including two, new semi-dwarfing apples.

When I finish writing this and one of the kittens has recharged his batteries (he is asleep on my knee at the moment) I am going to find my 'Master Plan' of the garden and get to work.

I also need to get some Winter pruning done and put a drain across the back lawn ASAP.

Any suggestions for apples that are disease resistant AND actually taste good? I was thinking of 'Katy' as one.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elstar is a lovely apple.
Weren't you considering a Japanese section if i remember rightly?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Done that! Keep up man! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting older by the day.
Did we see photos?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you remember it now?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly can say I don't remember seeing those before. What is the significance of the hoop? Any geisha girls?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an old wheel rim that doubles as the Japanese Hinomaru or circle of the sun. Very Happy Waste not, want not.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it was a hoola hoop from your teenage years.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made a start on clearing out the greenhouse last weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be nice to paint the area inside the wheel rim yellow? Just an idea. Smile

Or orangey-yellow?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purple and gold. That way every time Lady Fermanagh walks by it she will think of me!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say Lady Fermanagh really is a lady. Lady Susan Fermanagh has a nice ring to it.
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kindredspirit wrote:
I'd say Lady Fermanagh really is a lady. Lady Susan Fermanagh has a nice ring to it.
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What about the idea of painting inside the rim, Sue? Would it be good?
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