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Title: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 17, 2013, 05:45:42 PM
Washed  down all around bird table cleaned containers put up fresh bird seed. Dug up a few Leeks, parsnips, and swede ready for H/O  to do a stew in the week. Checked all my summer bulbs are dry and well covered .Last of Bean sticks cleaned and stored. Sweep ed the paths Dog had a bit of a wonder round checking all her friends out they all make a fuss of her then home for dinner.
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 21, 2013, 08:52:24 PM
 ThU32:-) Very good mate you done more than me not been to plot since Sunday where I took the remaining bean sticks down and stored them in the shed in the roof on new wooden cross pieces I put up in the week before.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 21, 2013, 09:04:57 PM
Its the army training. lol(1) No once the weather pulls in here its like were you are, if  you don't  pull your boots  on and try to do a bit it all mounts up and I will be honest with you its getting a lot harder but you have a love of the end product, and proud smile when we take it home. ThU432:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on November 21, 2013, 09:11:46 PM
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Rugbypost: . . . i ts getting a lot harder but you have a love of the end product, and proud smile when we take it home. ThU432:-)

Very true Corporal Jones - very true! But don't panic . . .   :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on November 21, 2013, 10:45:14 PM
Would like the oppurtunity to get out but the weather has been no good too wet need a good hard frost then i can get there and get the compost spread out and put plastic sheeting down for the winter and let the worms pull it into the soil ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on November 21, 2013, 10:50:45 PM
Me too Scary - I haven't seen my lottie for a week! It's stopped raining but far too squelchy to do anything - I'd do more harm than good. Got plenty to do in the polytunnel, but it's so damned cold - and I'm a coldness whimp I'm afraid!

Yep a few days of frost would go down great, in fact it's what they promise for the next few days - so start warming your socks!.
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Post by: scary crow on November 21, 2013, 10:59:09 PM
Some on our site started digging a few areas last week i think it,s just too wet the soil sticks to your boots does more harm than good digging that... I would rather wait and do it once properly ...
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on November 21, 2013, 11:06:16 PM
Very wise - some old gardeners think that autumn/ winter digging can cause more damage than good. That's definately the case with wet soil - you could be making a rod for your own back. Leave it to nature for winter is best and think about digging when it dries out and the soil warms up in spring. I'm not even a big fan of autumn sowing - it often brings more tears than smiles! The only thing that is beneficial is rough digging manured soil to bury it for winter.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on November 21, 2013, 11:13:40 PM
Any leaves and we get plenty off the hedge on our plot are raked off the paths added to any manure/compost  we have just chucked on the surface and sheet it over for the worms to play with ...Any thing that you have planted in the winter here has to be well protected  from hungry wood pigeons and deer ...
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Post by: marcofez on November 22, 2013, 10:08:20 PM
Collected 30 bags of straw/horse manure to spread out over the beds next time I'm off from work. They'll rot down over winter and be just about right next spring!! ThU:-) The more strawey stuff will go in the compost heap!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on November 22, 2013, 11:30:50 PM
I STILL haven't visited my plot for nearly a week - TOO cold & TOO wet. Still REALLY squelchy under foot, but with no rain for a couple of days, and hopefully a bit of frost I might attack my manure heap in the next few days. I've also got my compost bins to turn to make room for the green debris that's heaped up at the moment on the plot . Never ends does it?!  ::)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 23, 2013, 12:23:38 PM
I have raised beds its easier for me , so as the veg from one bed is all picked its dug down to 12/18 inches manure added then spread on top. Always had to be in front love to get on a plane in July for a month in  Greece . When the last one flew the nest (but they all still visit pity) we said that we would have a holiday as long as we felt well enough. There was a few on our plot today on youngsters mind all in bed with bad heads from watching a bad game of rugby.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 25, 2013, 07:30:29 PM
I have 4 ft troughs  screwed to the back walls along my lawn that are full of strawberry  plants so I,m trying slowly to dead head them  and clean them Wont bother with fertilizer until the spring. Like to get out for a hour a day even in light rain its something I am used to  its  a routine  or habit. Certain friends who pass at the same time every day stop chat, sweep the front , clean the drains, wash down stairs windows, just some thing always done from first got married both worked. And I know exactly what she will call me , when I go back indoors, and  then says I,ll get your slippers Bless Her.
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Post by: galina on November 26, 2013, 09:39:51 AM
Harvested a few leaves of mustard from under the cloche.  Green mustard rather the red I've been growing before.  Chewed a bit, then bang!  Clears the sinuses just like horseradish!  Note to self - chop into narrow strips  and use sparingly in salads, or cook in stirfry (which stops all the heat)      cry2:-( 

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 26, 2013, 06:47:15 PM
Cleaned around the rhubarb as its all died back put a bag of  manure  wood shavings on top as a dressing ready for spring. dead headed around the strawberry  you can do this daily now as the dead leaves  die back. Tried  to potter about in the shed its all cluttered  with every thing stored away. Swept the front pavement  once a week job (HA) And in for in nice milky coffee.  ThU432:-)
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Post by: squirrel on November 26, 2013, 11:08:59 PM
Continued with pruning the raspberries and almost finished now.
Dug the bean trench and cleaned around the leeks, onions and garlic.
Mulched the Oca to prevent frost damage
Harvested leeks, oca, parsnip, carrots, cabbage celery and kale.
Then came home to find that the great disorganised one had got himself organised and made a very welcoming bowl of spicy broth for me to come home to.
Siighhhh Life doesn't get much better than this. HAGD :-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 27, 2013, 05:35:01 PM
All the bird feeders were all solid in the bottom took them all apart,  good wash  and then a hour to put them back together.  Washed down the patio dog decided I was to blame for not giving her a walk and did the business on the patio.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on November 27, 2013, 10:24:47 PM
Wel im hoping to get out tomorrow at least for a couple of hours just to tidy a few things up .... :)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: lottieguy on November 28, 2013, 09:34:56 AM
Yesterday, took 2 pallets to use to make compost bins. Set up syphon between water butts to get the water to other end of plot. Pulled some parsnip and carrots for dinner. Found out someone has been helping themselves to carrots. I always keep them covered with enviromesh but when I went there it was laid back down differently. I would not do that if you know what I mean. I know how I have left everything so when it's moved I know. We have had several visitors recently. If they asked you would give them some. I also spread a load of well rotted leaf mould over ground to rot down even more for next season. Cleared shed gutters of leaves. Just enjoyed a little potter around. love it. happy gardening to all.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on November 28, 2013, 12:21:31 PM
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Yesterday, took 2 pallets to use to make compost bins. Set up syphon between water butts to get the water to other end of plot. Pulled some parsnip and carrots for dinner. Found out someone has been helping themselves to carrots. I always keep them covered with enviromesh but when I went there it was laid back down differently. I would not do that if you know what I mean. I know how I have left everything so when it's moved I know. We have had several visitors recently. If they asked you would give them some. I also spread a load of well rotted leaf mould over ground to rot down even more for next season. Cleared shed gutters of leaves. Just enjoyed a little potter around. love it. happy gardening to all.

You're putting many of us to shame there 'lottieguy'!!  :o

THAT is a pet hate of mine - people who dip into your hard worked for produce, especially when like you, most of us are generous enough to gladly give stuff away gladly - if shown the decency to be asked first.

What people don't realise is that most allotmenteers instantly notice things that have been tampered with. It may seem irrelevant to others but we know EXACTLY how our clutter should look & we immediately know if someone else has moved or changed anything. It's almost instinctive isn't it?  8)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on November 28, 2013, 04:59:35 PM
 :) Been at the plot all day today along with 5 others and committee we been clearing the site up had a big bonfire going all day boy was it warm could not stand too close to it. Been put out now made it safe before we left.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on November 28, 2013, 05:44:03 PM
Did an hours work in the green house  I have 3 /50 ltr  black plastic plant pots with handles I was getting them ready to plant early potatoes in they will stay in the green house till end of march  then plant them up. Well rotted manure in the bottom of each pot, and I put 5 seed potatoes in each I normally have a good crop from them.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: galina on December 05, 2013, 08:10:09 AM
Dug up Witloof chicory roots and set them into a huge  pot in the conservatory, slightly moistened the compost and covered with a large black bucket for winter salads, once the outside/greenhouse ones are getting sparser.  Stormy again, there will be loads of leaves to tidy later.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on December 05, 2013, 05:52:03 PM
Had to go down at 3/o/clock phone call to say everything was being blown around. A couple of old bins that's all, a few old canes, and loads of small pots a few members left hanging about but apart from that all ok. Looks like its heading for Germany according to the news very flat country so lets hope they do not have to much damage.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on December 05, 2013, 08:49:31 PM
In a word
NOTHING  :(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on December 05, 2013, 09:29:47 PM
Not been near mine today will go tomorrow when i walk the dogs to see if there has been any damage ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on December 05, 2013, 09:45:17 PM
My excuse is "I'm brave enough to face the weather but I'm afraid to catch a draught in my mouth!!" So no lottie till the mouth is better & the weather's friendlier!  spf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on December 05, 2013, 09:49:54 PM
Your better off at home with a few paracetamol and a cup of tea  HTT:-} ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on December 06, 2013, 05:44:55 PM
Swept up a garden full of leaves, a few pots blown over but no damage on just had a new roof put on the shed from the last storm to pass through. Greenhouse intact but needs a good clean that can wait for a warmer day. O/h says I can wash the windows tomorrow bless her she is always thinking of me  ;)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on December 06, 2013, 05:47:45 PM
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. . . . O/h says I can wash the windows tomorrow bless her she is always thinking of me  ;)

 cwl:-]
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Post by: scary crow on December 06, 2013, 08:12:03 PM
Raked the front lawn got four bags of leaves for the allotment compost when i got to the allotment found out that yesterdays wind had blown the fence down so had to do a quick repair and will need to get over there at the weekend to repair it properly ...
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Post by: Big Gee on December 06, 2013, 08:25:42 PM
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Raked the front lawn got four bags of leaves for the allotment compost when i got to the allotment found out that yesterdays wind had blown the fence down so had to do a quick repair and will need to get over there at the weekend to repair it properly ...

Not a happy bunny tonight then?  ss:-(
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Post by: scary crow on December 06, 2013, 08:35:12 PM
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Raked the front lawn got four bags of leaves for the allotment compost when i got to the allotment found out that yesterdays wind had blown the fence down so had to do a quick repair and will need to get over there at the weekend to repair it properly ...

Not a happy bunny tonight then?  ss:-(

Not too happy but theres people out there that have gone through worse the past couple of days with wind damage and flooding so my bit of fencing is not too bad compered to what they are going through ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on December 06, 2013, 11:05:57 PM
VERY true . . . poor things.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Tony on December 12, 2013, 06:34:04 PM
Continued with the digging.  It's a new allotment with lots of perennial weeds so has to be dug. 

Added a lot of compost and shredded material.  Measured out where I am going to put the Greenhouse. 

Moved some raspberries that were heeled in and now are in the way.  I wanted to move the globe artichoke and an apple tree that were planted in the wrong place but I am not sure where I want to put them and also wanted to put some mychorrhizal fungi under their roots and I had not bought any to the allotment today. 

I will have to remember it next time I go down.   
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Post by: Big Gee on December 12, 2013, 06:45:47 PM
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Continued with the digging.  It's a new allotment with lots of perennial weeds so has to be dug. 

Added a lot of compost and shredded material.  Measured out where I am going to put the Greenhouse. 

Moved some raspberries that were heeled in and now are in the way.  I wanted to move the globe artichoke and an apple tree that were planted in the wrong place but I am not sure where I want to put them and also wanted to put some mychorrhizal fungi under their roots and I had not bought any to the allotment today. 

I will have to remember it next time I go down.

There's something nice about a new 'project' isn't there?

I have an apple tree AND a pear tree in the wrong place - they were put in temporarily (like you heeling in your raspberries) but then got left there for a year. By now I'm not looking forward to the task of changing their lodgings!  ::)
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Post by: Tony on December 12, 2013, 06:51:27 PM
I really don't want to damage my Ribston Pippin apple tree.  It was my first successful grafting.  The other three failed but I still have the rootstock so I will try again in Spring. 

The Ribston Pippin will have to be moved though because it is growing where the greenhouse is planned to go. 
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Post by: rugbypost on December 12, 2013, 06:55:27 PM
Would love a new project  in my head I could do it all but sorry in reality I would be on my knees (HA) Blxxdy coke works good money but it has Nealy killed us all off. Did manage to pick a few nice leeks, and a swede carrots and parsnip from the shed they are well covered but do not think they will see out the month. There are a few leaves to be picked up but they can wait, bit damp today so felt a bit wheezy so home to the warmth Allotment will still be there tomorrow.  chrs:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on December 12, 2013, 07:10:16 PM
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I really don't want to damage my Ribston Pippin apple tree.  It was my first successful grafting.  The other three failed but I still have the rootstock so I will try again in Spring. 

The Ribston Pippin will have to be moved though because it is growing where the greenhouse is planned to go.

"Needs must" I suppose - life is like that sometimes! Seems to be permanently like that for me - I seem to be in constant flux! I've been on my present plot for 4 years, but three of us have possibly got a very nice new spot in mind. We'll see how it pans out between now & digging time in the spring!
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Post by: galina on December 12, 2013, 07:50:23 PM
Picked broccoli and rocket.  Dashed back in where it is warm!

There are still useable apples on the ground, need to get them in, wash, quarter, take the pips out, freeze and then squeeze for apple juice.  Rake and compost the rest. 
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Post by: marcofez on December 27, 2013, 04:30:46 PM
Got down the plot today and sowed 4, 40 cell modules of onion seed.
They were Bedfordshire Champion, Ramata Di Milano, Ailsa Craig and Rouge de Florence.
Covered and placed in a mini greenhouse in the polytunnel.  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on December 27, 2013, 05:55:26 PM
At approx 30 onions per rope that's be 6 ropes come the end of summer Tony!  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Tony on December 27, 2013, 06:11:36 PM
Too wet to dig so l began to lay the 2 foot square paving slabs.  Dug out the top soil and sieved it to get rid of the large stones and weed rhizomes.  Took the sieved soil over to the new strawberry bed and tipped it out there to increase the depth of top soil there.  Filled the holes where the path is to go with stones, levelled the area and laid the slabs. 

I don't know why they make these slabs so heavy.  I put down the three slabs that I brought from the old allotment and then put in a curbing slab.  After that I had run out of slabs so I decided to plant the pot grown strawberries. 

Spent most of the time measuring out the lines because I hate it when they are not straight.  I've put them in about ten inches apart and 14 inches between the rows.  This will mean that I will have room to put straw around them.   I have staggered them a little so that each plant has ample space.

Still very wet and boots got very claggy but I have done a bit anyway.
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Post by: Big Gee on December 27, 2013, 07:39:23 PM
Now if you'd attempted that on my plot today, you'd be kitted out in a snorkel, wet suit and possibly you might have got away with just waders in the shallower areas! And you just got your BOOTS claggy? Jeez some people don't know they're born!!!!  Angry:-{
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Post by: scary crow on December 27, 2013, 08:37:40 PM
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Now if you'd attempted that on my plot today, you'd be kitted out in a snorkel, wet suit and possibly you might have got away with just waders in the shallower areas! And you just got your BOOTS claggy? Jeez some people don't know they're born!!!!  Angry:-{

Just had this delivered by courier from wales a photo of Big Gee in a wetsuit ..

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on December 27, 2013, 08:40:18 PM
It's the plum pudding wot dun it!

It'll take me till April to get it off now!
  cwl:-]
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Post by: scary crow on December 27, 2013, 08:45:34 PM
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It's the plum pudding wot dun it!

It'll take me till April to get it off now!
  cwl:-]

I think it,s the wetsuit and brussel sprouts they just dont go together  ROL :-))
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Post by: Big Gee on December 27, 2013, 08:49:17 PM
At least I won't drown with all that gas to keep me afloat!  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: scary crow on December 27, 2013, 08:51:13 PM
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At least I won't drown with all that gas to keep me afloat!  CThUpD:-)

Thats true your just blow away can almost see you now bouncing and blowing along the road ... :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on December 27, 2013, 08:54:30 PM
Yeah, yeah - down the beach you mean? Like that 'thingy' in 'The Prisoner' years ago? Grin2:-)

Very funny Scary!!
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Post by: scary crow on December 27, 2013, 08:56:29 PM
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Yeah, yeah - down the beach you mean? Like that 'thingy' in 'The Prisoner' years ago? Grin2:-)

Very funny Scary!!


Yes the weather balloon ..SCARY FACE ON THAT RUBBER SUIT .
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Post by: rugbypost on December 27, 2013, 10:30:23 PM
Sowed onion leek, and  5 lots of flower seeds in the propagator its heated .Washed out the bird feeders but it was a waste of time more rain so it will have to be done again. ThU5:-)
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Post by: squirrel on December 27, 2013, 11:57:25 PM
Shooed the man of the house out to walk the dogs.
All 3 of them came back caked to their hip lines in mud
Man sent to change clothes, dogs made to stand for a rub down before being allowed on the carpet.
All finished just in time for visitors arrival for lunch.

The plan was to have lunch and then off to the lottie to do a quick check on things
BUT!

Lunch lazily extended into tea which didn't really finish until supper time, so no allotment tonight as my helmet lamp is in the workshop for its 44 thousand hour service ..... ;-)

will try again tomorrow
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Post by: scary crow on December 28, 2013, 12:00:59 AM
There,s always tomorrow squirrel ..You  shoo,ed a man out of your house did you know him ???
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Post by: Big Gee on December 28, 2013, 12:19:56 AM
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Shooed the man of the house out to walk the dogs.
All 3 of them came back caked to their hip lines in mud

Must get my glasses changed! I honestly read that the first time as "All 3 of them came back naked to their hip lines in mud". I'm getting worried about my age/ eyes! And I can't blame the booze because I can't drink alcohol - unless it's too much Kombucha - but that's supposed to make your eyes better!  Blush:-(
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Post by: squirrel on December 28, 2013, 10:39:54 AM
Well scarycrow I think I know him a little, he has lived here for many years, but do we ever truly know anyone  ss:-(

Oh big gee your image of them returning home caused a giggle wave when I read it.  lol(1)
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Post by: rugbypost on December 28, 2013, 08:33:06 PM
Fancy being Shooed out of the house in this weather Mr Squirrel can make up his own mind ;D  But those poor little dogs dragging there tails along the pavement in this weather, Hope You Tickled His Belly for Being A Good Boy , No us men get all the cold and wet jobs , and Butch ,and Sundance get a RUB DOWN.  ROL :-))
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Post by: squirrel on December 28, 2013, 10:16:25 PM
You got that right rugbypost  cwl:-]
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on December 29, 2013, 01:11:11 AM
Visited my allotment saturday while walking the dog,s to check that the black plastic sheeting i had placed on part of my plot was still there after all the high winds we have had was surprised it was still exactly where i had put it expected it to be gone even though i had placed a lot of timber on it though it might have lifted and been half way to norfolk so if it has survived those winds i have nothing to worry about ... ThU32:-)
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Post by: rugbypost on December 29, 2013, 08:08:52 PM
Had a look around today as well Scary you are lucky to have the wood still there some Bugger would have pinched it here it would have been fire wood :-)snigger with a message on your shed door thanks got a tent so left you the plastic ;)
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Post by: scary crow on December 29, 2013, 08:13:02 PM
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Had a look around today as well Scary you are lucky to have the wood still there some Bugger would have pinched it here it would have been fire wood :-)snigger with a message on your shed door thanks got a tent so left you the plastic ;)

 lol(1)Luckily we dont get much trouble at our site and if we get thieves im normally ok as im on the end plot and the thieves dont want to walk that far either that or i grow crap veg  :-)snigger :-)snigger
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Post by: rugbypost on December 29, 2013, 08:24:57 PM
 You got to watch around here  All the swans have been eaten there are  tents in the woods around the town its not the thief's  you got to watch its the Polish immigrants  no were  to live hungry, cold, feel sorry for them but that's what happens when they think our roads are paved with gold.
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Post by: scary crow on December 29, 2013, 08:27:49 PM
Shame that they have to live like that shows how bad it must be in there own country to stay here ..
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Post by: lottieguy on December 30, 2013, 11:14:27 AM
Hi Ya, well went to lottie yeserday and we have had visitors again. I have had my onions pulled up, some had water butts tipped over the paths along with compost bins and netting frames moved/broken. One fellow on site who keeps chucks told me he went to feed them early and luckily it was light as they put trip wires of his garden lines around the main path. One said it could of been the wind. Behave the wind would not lift a darlek of a mound of compost and empty water out of butts. One had visitors in their shed and seed packets thrown around, chairs moved and judging by the sweet smell and rizla papers been in there smoking. I thought that had stopped as freinds who are away just now used to get the problem. I did a quick check of their site and see they have now put small locks on the doors. It won't stop the determined theif but will maybe put off the casual intruder. I hope the locks on my shed will deter them as it by housing and they would need to make noise to get in. Oh well they will get theirs one day. Happy gardening
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on December 30, 2013, 07:32:06 PM
Fun seems to have changed today its not about kicking a ball , making dens or hours learning crafts in the village hall . Its what can we Break, Damage , Burn , and Hurt people. Sorry to hear about your trouble Lottieguy we don't have that problem we still work under the old Heath and Safety Rules if your caught you get a whack . No good saying they will change most never do they get worse.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: galina on January 04, 2014, 08:17:15 AM
Just to say. that here I have had full compost daleks and full waterbutts toppled by the wind several times - it does happen.  It isn't a steady 'clean' wind that does it, but fierce gusts and swirls of wind that develop.  Our sturdy fence is regularly affected by these gusts that are much more severe than steady stormy wind.

Sorry to hear about all the thieving and vandalism.  It has been getting worse in the last few years.  I know of people who won't grow orange squashes anymore, because green ones aren't as visible and don't get stolen or trampled by vandals.   You grow something and take pride in it and somebody else treats it like a supermarket without check-out!  So unfair, but sadly getting more common.  At least the stolen food  is feeding somebody who is in need, but that's no consolation at all when it is you they are stealing from.  And we all have families to feed!   And we have worked to produce our veg!  HB:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: galina on January 04, 2014, 08:42:43 AM
Yesterday I just harvested veg for the week and was actually quite pleased.  We had beetroot, chard, parsnips, oca, celery, leeks, kale.  The giant (now very well tied down) broccoli mesh cloche had produced several more pounds of broccoli.  These are now pretty small florets, more like sprouting broccoli, because they are the side shoots of the side shoots, but there is still a lot of good food.  Also harvested lettuce, endive, rocket, lots of cress and spring onions.  Not having had a severe frost yet does have its advantages, although the garden is very muddy and has a bit of standing water in places.  Have celery, rocket, lamb's lettuce, real lettuce and cress in the greenhouse too.

Is your plot still under water Big G?  Certainly doesn't look like this awful stuck weather pattern is going away any time soon.  As they said on the box - new year, same old weather!
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Post by: squirrel on January 04, 2014, 09:17:45 AM
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I did a quick check of their site and see they have now put small locks on the doors. It won't stop the determined theif but will maybe put off the casual intruder. I hope the locks on my shed will deter them as it by housing and they would need to make noise to get in. Oh well they will get theirs one day. Happy gardening

I'm sorry to hear about the vandalism and hope it is all easily put right. It's hear-rending when such lack of consideration and respect is dealt out in this way.

I stopped putting locks on my sheds some time ago lottieguy as they still got in but damaged the sheds in doing so. We had a long spate of break-ins and although it was mainly by kids after an easy thrill to do as much damage, and lift anything they could pocket, we also had a couple of major break-ins which was aimed at getting their hands on the big stuff. Rotavators, tillers, mowers, strimmers and the heads off all the wolf-garten clip on tools they could get. This was a big boy effort, not kids, because they also took the fuel from the nearby orange phone mast cutting their way through two gates with bolt cutters.

We managed to get a large grant which allowed us to lay the hedge abounding the site, fill in the gaps and put brabed wire fencing alongside it. We also ran some market stalls to raise the cash and bought an infra-red camera that operates with movement and put a big sign up to say it was there. We have now been free from break-ins for two years and just hope it stays that way.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 04, 2014, 12:17:21 PM
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. . . . Is your plot still under water Big G?  Certainly doesn't look like this awful stuck weather pattern is going away any time soon.  As they said on the box - new year, same old weather!

Yes Atlantis is still pretty much hiding below the waters. It does drain off, but then  before you can walk on it again we get another bout of wind & rain (and high tides this time). I've switched off from it in my head & I'm finding the challenge of finding a private site has overtaken the depression of fighting the floods & the lunatics that share the site with me. If all goes well I should hear something soon. In a funny sort of way I get a kick out of a new project. So it's not really as bad as it sounds. I've put an awful lot of effort into the plot I have now, but I view it as a mission accomplished, so I don't really mind getting stuck into another one!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on January 04, 2014, 07:16:58 PM
Its got to be heart breaking B/G All that work to prepare for winter to see everything washed away. People do not talk to each other today to some a point of view is  to threaten you with violance . Best to leave them to them selfs . Hope you find the right place and its not going to cost you a small fortune to get ready ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 04, 2014, 07:50:57 PM
Thank you my friend. In a perfect world everyone on this forum would share the same site & it would be heaven on earth wouldn't it? Trouble is the world is actually full of second rate clowns & it's a lottery who you get lumbered with.  ss:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Tony on January 05, 2014, 11:29:56 AM
If I move over to Eglwys Fach could I get an allotment at your new site BG?   CW ;-) 
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: lottieguy on January 05, 2014, 02:12:12 PM
Hi Ya, well after days spent house bound I made it to the lottie for a couple of hours. Very enjoyable and carried on building my compost bins. Had a chat with a few who passed by to their plots so altogether a lovely chill out time. Happy Gardening.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 05, 2014, 06:55:36 PM
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If I move over to Eglwys Fach could I get an allotment at your new site BG?   CW ;-)

You'd have to move a tad further south Tony (Eglwys Fach is about 25 miles north of me). I would chop my right arm off to get someone like you on the same site as me!  ThU432:-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 05, 2014, 07:10:23 PM
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If I move over to Eglwys Fach could I get an allotment at your new site BG?   CW ;-)

You'd have to move a tad further south Tony (Eglwys Fach is about 25 miles north of me). I would chop my right arm off to get someone like you on the same site as me!  ThU432:-)

Well i,d chop off my right leg to get on the same site as you BG . ROL :-))
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on January 05, 2014, 07:12:52 PM
Cleaned around the bird feeders. Planted a few more Leeks  transplanted 24 seedlings . Looking to put swede  cabbage , and cauliflowers in next week in the propagator . Early pots should be arriving soon to. Its all go here the back room will all pots before long She will be happy little housewife. :-)snigger
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Post by: Tony on January 05, 2014, 07:53:09 PM
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If I move over to Eglwys Fach could I get an allotment at your new site BG?   CW ;-)

You'd have to move a tad further south Tony (Eglwys Fach is about 25 miles north of me). I would chop my right arm off to get someone like you on the same site as me!  ThU432:-)

Thank BG.  A bit of wishful thinking.  I don't think my sister would be able to put up with me if I moved into the village as well. 
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 05, 2014, 11:00:08 PM
I've got a sister like that!  cwl:-]
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 06, 2014, 09:29:10 AM
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If I move over to Eglwys Fach could I get an allotment at your new site BG?   CW ;-)

You'd have to move a tad further south Tony (Eglwys Fach is about 25 miles north of me). I would chop my right arm off to get someone like you on the same site as me!  ThU432:-)

Well i,d chop off my right leg to get on the same site as you BG . ROL :-))

i DIDENT GET A REPLY  usf:-(. suppose that means im a trouble maker  >:D and wouldent be invited  spf:-(well must walk to allotment today pick up some veg and take all my veg peelings and compostable stuff over got bags of it not been near the allotment for a week ..
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Post by: squirrel on January 06, 2014, 11:29:05 AM
wish I could be on that site too, it would be great to share and care for each other.

 :-)= Not to worry scary, every group needs its scapegoat, and we would all still love ya even though you might be a trouble maker ...  CW ;-)

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Post by: Big Gee on January 06, 2014, 12:53:55 PM
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i DIDENT GET A REPLY  usf:-(. suppose that means im a trouble maker  >:D and wouldent be invited  spf:-( well must walk to allotment today pick up some veg and take all my veg peelings and compostable stuff over got bags of it not been near the allotment for a week ..

SILLY BOY - you'd be first on the list! Every court needs a jester! I'd hang on to the leg though Scary - unlike centipedes we only get 2.

 CW ;-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on January 06, 2014, 06:10:39 PM
Have the Boys and Girls been pulling your leg again Scary ROL :-)) That B/G is a bully . :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 06, 2014, 06:25:07 PM
Yes mike he is  lol(1)..But i will forgive him because he said i,d be first on the list thanks Big gee even got the suit for it . :)

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on January 06, 2014, 07:05:18 PM
 ROL :-)) Has he been on site today or has he gone for MUG SHOT for Bus Pass ThU32:-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 06, 2014, 07:10:52 PM
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ROL :-)) Has he been on site today or has he gone for MUG SHOT for Bus Pass ThU32:-)

He might still be on the bus .. How far can you get on a bus pass ? he might be heading my way  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 06, 2014, 11:17:45 PM
The mug shots were in place a fortnight ago R! Thought about making it up to Yaxley Scary but the damned border patrol won't let me use it outside the Land of Song! So you're safe until I can forge an English one or manage to dodge the border guards!  Angry:-{
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Post by: rugbypost on January 07, 2014, 07:58:21 PM
The canes I had stored have got a bit wet so washed a few 75 in Jays fluid and wraped  them in clean black bags . Got  the shed looking a bit tidy stuff every where ,checked hand tools some times forget to clean them . Not Many down the plot dry but very cold picked up my egg boxes ready to chit potatoes when they come.
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Post by: scary crow on January 07, 2014, 08:01:46 PM
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The mug shots were in place a fortnight ago R! Thought about making it up to Yaxley Scary but the damned border patrol won't let me use it outside the Land of Song! So you're safe until I can forge an English one or manage to dodge the border guards!  Angry:-{

Oh what a shame  usf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Tony on January 07, 2014, 08:57:41 PM
Went to the old allotment and potted up some gooseberry cuttings.  Got some comfrey liquid from the big bin for the new allotment and took two two foot square slabs down to the new allotment to continue making the path.  The new path is very muddy but I could still lay the slabs. 

Two foot slabs are just manageable to move around for me.  I have some three foot by two foot slabs and they are going to stay on the old allotment.  There is no way that I will be able to move these even with my son to help. 

Tomorrow I will get some more curbing slabs to put alongside the 2 foot slabs to keep the soil off the path.  I will bring the potted up gooseberry cuttings but leave them in the shelter of the hedge until it gets warmer.  Then they will be planted in the soft fruit bed next to the blackcurrants. 
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on January 07, 2014, 09:40:29 PM
Looks like you too had a busy day Tony. Keep up the good work

It was nice to be working on the plot today. I finally got the two beds turned that was my herb bed until last autumn when I moved it.

Moved several barrows of compost, some to mulch the ends of two beds where some flowers for bees grow and some into the poly-tunnel to warm a little before using.

Planted some potatoes in potato sacks in the poly-tunnel

Lifted several raspberry canes that I had promised to others.

Cleared out the rest of the surplus raspberries and the volunteer Jerusalem Artichokes (which will go into the next soup I make)

Transplanted half of the Rosa Rugosa and cleared the bed of couch grass

Harvested kale, carrots, celeriac, celery, J artichokes, Oca and leeks.

Drank coffee, had a couple of chocolate biscuits (well one just has to doesn't one?)

Gave everything a good coat of looking at, making mental notes of next jobs. Then came home with a feeling of smug satisfaction  :-Yes
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: rugbypost on January 07, 2014, 10:04:56 PM
Squirrel you have put as to shame not done a fifth of what you have done today your tail must be worn out ;) Still to wet here but all my digging was done in Autumn  You need to have an extra nibble tonight you deserve it. ThU:-)
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Post by: squirrel on January 07, 2014, 10:12:40 PM
 Blush:-( I have a confession to make rugbyP)

Since suffering from a series of mini-strokes, once a fortnight I have a gardener to help me with some of the heavier work. He spend the morning with me and today was that day.

In my defence though, I did the moving of the compost, and the planting of the potatoes as well as half of the lifting of the raspberry canes.

My gardener has now become a friend and he provides the missing part of the strength and stamina I have lost, but also motivates me to have the confidence to push myself that extra few yards when I feel overwhelmed wit the task in hand.

I am still overjoyed with my own contribution to todays work list though.

PS, and it was me who made the coffee  CW ;-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 07, 2014, 10:17:16 PM
Done more than me not had a spade in the ground yet ..Was gonna go to the plot the other day but dident end up going have not been there now for over a week at least ..And the refreshments is the most important bit squirrel ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 07, 2014, 10:33:59 PM
 clap:-) Well done Squirrel you deserve a medal A lady on our plot reminds me of you her plot is superb every Sunday morning when the weather and season right she starts at 8-00 and does not stop till just after midday she has a friend with her and boy do they work.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 08, 2014, 02:11:10 AM
Good for you squirrel - you are a true STAR! Mini strokes are not a trifling thing, my mother has had 2 - they can be really DEBILITATING. I envy your fighting spirit & when I read what you get up to it makes me feel like a layabout!!

 YRTB
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Post by: squirrel on January 08, 2014, 09:08:55 AM
Shhhh BG. You may have noticed how long it has been since I last said I did anything at the allotment. That's because being a layabout is a great passion of mine and you can find me practicing the art at least once a day and sometimes all day. I am getting really quite skilled at it since I retired  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 08, 2014, 04:56:23 PM
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Shhhh BG. You may have noticed how long it has been since I last said I did anything at the allotment. That's because being a layabout is a great passion of mine and you can find me practicing the art at least once a day and sometimes all day. I am getting really quite skilled at it since I retired  lol(1)

 cwl:-]
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Post by: rugbypost on January 08, 2014, 06:49:16 PM
Well young Lady does not matter who has done all the heavy work you where right there to put the stamp of approval on all the work. We should have place of honour for the Gardener of the month and you my little DOE (squirrel) are my nomination for JANUARY .  And as you made your helper a nice warm coffee and a biscuit I hope. You are on my New Years Honours list O.B.E. FOR EVERYTHING BRITISH You deserve it. clap:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 08, 2014, 07:11:49 PM
I'll second that!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Tony on January 08, 2014, 07:34:15 PM
And I'll third it. :)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 10:17:02 PM
Well i managed to get to the allotment today was suppose to of gone 2 days ago so walked over took the dogs with me ..Took all my peelings and bits to go on the compost heap dug some parsnips [one was 26 inches long ]  couple of swedes and a few turnips a cabbage and some sprouts so that will keep me going for a few days .
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Post by: rugbypost on January 08, 2014, 10:33:49 PM
You been fishing lately Scary  what:-{ 26 inches OK who out can beat this.  Scary are you pulling our Leg. ;)
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Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 10:39:25 PM
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You been fishing lately Scary  what:-{ 26 inches OK who out can beat this.  Scary are you pulling our Leg. ;)

Would I  CW ;-)  2 foot parsnips normal on the peat fen soil i,ll take the camera with me next time get a snap of them . :)
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Post by: rugbypost on January 08, 2014, 10:45:11 PM
Wait till Tony B/G and the girls see this post you are in for it , Dave is in shock already not heard from him tonight. ! Mine would need a miners lamp a pick , shovel, and a boring machine to reach those depths  ThU:-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 11:02:44 PM
Can dig down 3 foot in minutes on our soil so soft great for carrots aswell ..Just have to plant your brussels and cabbages deep otherwise the wind rocks them loose ..
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Post by: Tony on January 08, 2014, 11:10:25 PM
26 inches  what:-{
A tiddler - I get em much bigger than that. -  No I don't.

Good sized parsnips but cut off most of the end because the taper off so much. 
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Post by: Big Gee on January 08, 2014, 11:21:22 PM
It's the depth of Fen peat wot does it. Lucky sod - he should try that feat in our clay!  usf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 11:22:32 PM
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26 inches  what:-{
A tiddler - I get em much bigger than that. -  No I don't.

Good sized parsnips but cut off most of the end because the taper off so much.

You dont want them too long tony that whippy end will hang out of the handbag  cwl:-]
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Post by: Tony on January 08, 2014, 11:24:04 PM
Nobody believes me when I say I bury handbags. lol(1)

They grow perfect parsnips lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 11:27:22 PM
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Nobody believes me when I say I bury handbags. lol(1)

They grow perfect parsnips lol(1)


I believe you ...perfect parsnips what do they come in different colours with a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry them home  cmu:-)
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Post by: Tony on January 08, 2014, 11:30:22 PM
Not that I have noticed scary but it would be useful with the enormous ones I grow.  I need a trailer just to move them.   ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on January 08, 2014, 11:43:58 PM
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Not that I have noticed scary but it would be useful with the enormous ones I grow.  I need a trailer just to move them.   ROL :-))

Is your plot clay aswell tony ???????? 
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Post by: Tony on January 08, 2014, 11:52:07 PM
Its funny subsoil on the new allotment scary.  Some of it is real clay but other is old red sandstone.  So it comes out as a sandy clay.  I am trying to mix both together to improve the drainage.  On top is about 50 cm of good garden top soil.  I think this was a farmer's field in the past because the soil has been cultivated for some time.  If you put a lot of organic matter into this top soil it produces a lovely friable tilth.  However, at the moment I have the disadvantages of both clay and sand.  I am hoping that I will get the benefit of the allotments not being cultivated for a couple of years.  Everything grows so much better after the ground has been left for a while.
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Post by: scary crow on January 09, 2014, 12:05:22 AM
Yes will help if you can mix it together my old garden in essex was clay soil slop in the winter and like concrete in the summer . You have done a lot of work there so think it will be ok for you as your digging a lot of stuff into it ..Bet your looking forward to getting it finished and ready for the growing season ..
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Post by: Tony on January 09, 2014, 12:08:28 AM
You wouldn't believe it Scary.  I have nearly finished it but the weather is just not helping.  I am stupid because I wanted to get it up to the standard of my old allotment and enter it into the town competition but I think that that is a bridge too far. 

I'm not going to give up on it yet but things are getting later and later.  I really need to be sowing seeds.   usf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on January 09, 2014, 12:11:59 AM
Think this weather has got everyone behind with there jobs ...Do your best and get growing for this year can always enter the competition next year but if you do manage to get it done if and when the weather improves and you can enter the competition all the better .........
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Post by: Big Gee on January 09, 2014, 01:37:18 PM
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You wouldn't believe it Scary.  I have nearly finished it but the weather is just not helping.  I am stupid because I wanted to get it up to the standard of my old allotment and enter it into the town competition but I think that that is a bridge too far. 

I'm not going to give up on it yet but things are getting later and later.  I really need to be sowing seeds.   usf:-(

"Calm down, calm down" - it's only January man!  CW ;-)
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Post by: spuds on January 09, 2014, 04:20:22 PM
Hi
Been down to the plot today  to put up a couple of bird boxes on some big old trees behind plot,   I made them while the rain stopped me going out
three others down on there plots  all just tinkering really just like me , but the SUN was out CThUpD:-) and not to cold
just looked out window its stated to rain cry2:-(
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Post by: Tony on January 09, 2014, 06:17:44 PM
 doh:-{
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You wouldn't believe it Scary.  I have nearly finished it but the weather is just not helping.  I am stupid because I wanted to get it up to the standard of my old allotment and enter it into the town competition but I think that that is a bridge too far. 

I'm not going to give up on it yet but things are getting later and later.  I really need to be sowing seeds.   usf:-(

"Calm down, calm down" - it's only January man!  CW ;-)

I know BG.  I'm a rod for my own back.  I see other people doing things and think that I should do them too.  Stuff still grows even if you sow it in the spring mad:-|
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Post by: rugbypost on January 09, 2014, 06:20:06 PM
Right we have great tunes on our Radio Requests This morning . The first  request is for Tony up there in Wolverhampton Its a old  song by Rod Stewart Glad Rags AND Hand Bags . lol(1) And our second request comes from Scary Crow all the way from Yaxley in Peterborough, With a  classic from Rolf Harris  Heigh-HO  Whistle While you pinch my Parsnips . ROL :-))
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Post by: marcofez on January 09, 2014, 08:42:15 PM
Took household composting material to lottie and put on compost bin. While there, I pruned the raspberries down. Let out about 100ltrs of water from the lbc tank onto the polytunnel soil. Dug some carrots and parsnips out and was quite happy with some mooli I grew. Then off home for a cuppa!!!! HTT:-}
By the way I'm not far from scary in Yaxley! But unfortunately our allotments in central Peterborough are on clay. Although they have a covering of about 6 inches of black fen soil. This was put on the plots when 1st opened. 
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Post by: rugbypost on January 09, 2014, 09:59:25 PM
You watch out for Scary not sure what he will be wearing but Tony and I think he may have a tatty old hand bag with him. ThU432:-)
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Post by: marcofez on January 09, 2014, 10:00:47 PM
I'll keep an eye out for him!!!! lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on January 09, 2014, 10:11:57 PM
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You watch out for Scary not sure what he will be wearing but Tony and I think he may have a tatty old hand bag with him. ThU432:-)

Only way there be a tatty old handbag anywhere near me is if tony visits  ROL :-))..He sows and grows them and even uses them for storage .
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Post by: squirrel on January 09, 2014, 10:30:59 PM
I wondered where my favourite handbag had gone  lol(1)

I picked some Kale.
that's it
that's all I did
I picked some kale  ;)
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Post by: scary crow on January 09, 2014, 10:33:17 PM
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I wondered where my favourite handbag had gone  lol(1)

I picked some Kale.
that's it
that's all I did
I picked some kale  ;)

Tony,s got it squirrel got his plant ties in it . lol(1)
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Post by: squirrel on January 09, 2014, 10:40:20 PM
I'll be coming for it just after this next glass of wine, hic, ......... well perhaps just one more after that ...  HTT:-}
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Post by: scary crow on January 09, 2014, 11:09:03 PM
 what:-{ one more bottle  ROL :-))
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Post by: rugbypost on January 10, 2014, 06:32:04 PM
Sowed a few more flower seeds and transplanted on a few others give a half roll of scaffold netting to a mate to use only wish it was dry enough to cut my lawn it looks like a jungle .
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Post by: Tony on January 10, 2014, 06:34:28 PM
Sorted out my plant ties got nowhere to put them now. ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on January 10, 2014, 08:26:32 PM
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Sorted out my plant ties got nowhere to put them now. ROL :-))

Have you not got a HANDy BAG . lol(1) tony ?
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Post by: squirrel on January 10, 2014, 11:14:46 PM
I practiced breaking the law. I saved the seeds from one of my crown prince pumpkins and from one of the bell peppers I used for tonight's dinner ready to plant them later, much later as far as the pumpkin goes.

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Post by: scary crow on January 11, 2014, 12:29:46 AM
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I practiced breaking the law. I saved the seeds from one of my crown prince pumpkins and from one of the bell peppers I used for tonight's dinner ready to plant them later, much later as far as the pumpkin goes.

Squirrel you naughty girl your have the seed police  C:-) breaking your door down looking for those saved seeds . :-)snigger
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Post by: squirrel on January 11, 2014, 09:50:26 AM
 :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on January 11, 2014, 11:12:58 AM
It's a shame they don't still deport law breakers to Oz - sun, cold drinks by Star's pool etc. etc. Damn - if only they'd bring it back - would be WELL worth saving a few seeds & getting caught!
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Post by: squirrel on January 11, 2014, 11:26:11 AM
 cmu:-)
At least I would get to see my brothers and sister and their offspring.
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Post by: scary crow on January 11, 2014, 11:29:20 AM
There would be a stampede to get into star,s pool by the time we all got in the water would all flow out and we would be lucky to have wet feet .. cwl:-]
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Post by: galina on January 11, 2014, 04:52:54 PM
Harvested leeks, celery and chard and a few bits for salads.  Weeded the greenhouse around the lamb's lettuce and rocket, which was a bit tedious, asked OH nicely to gaffertape and reglaze a cracked pane (oh you wanted it done today?????? .......), spread 'town manure' (collected from Starbucks on our recent trip to London) and now have a super smelling and hopefully slug-free greenhouse for salad stuff.  Helped OH carry fence panels (which have finally arrived) and got really cold fingers just now - it is going to be a very frosty night I think, but what a super day we've had for January.  :)
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Post by: rugbypost on January 11, 2014, 08:14:15 PM
Put new leeks and onions that are about 5inches  out for a blow was ok for them this morning . Collected sprouts , for tomorrows diner having Beef with all the trimmings . ThU32:-) Turned cold about mid-day so headed home to watch the Rugby
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Post by: Big Gee on January 11, 2014, 08:46:16 PM
Bet you had stiff little fingers after playing around in the soil today galina! I can feel the pain in mine thinking about it!  cwl:-]

Good stuff spent coffee grinds - slugs DON'T like it!
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Post by: rugbypost on January 12, 2014, 07:37:45 PM
There is a small business in London that goes around all the coffee shops to collect all the used grounds. They grow Mushrooms  on them it was on Pies and Puds with Paul Hollywood it seemed a good idea Greggs have opened a modern coffee shop in town will call in and see if I can collect there used coffee grounds. Never grown mushrooms before O/h Loves them .Anyone else grown mushrooms would like a few tips .
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Post by: Tony on January 12, 2014, 07:42:36 PM
Been thinking about growing fungi for a long while.  I want to try some of these plug things where you drill a hole in a log and put the plugs in. 

I have grown mushrooms on horse manure but not very successfully.  Never thought of using coffee grounds.  Hmmm maybe a new project... :)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 12, 2014, 09:25:28 PM
Never heard of growing mushrooms on coffee grounds - horse manure is the traditional stuff used. I can't see the case for it  :o

A lot of people swear that coffee grounds are a great deterrent for slugs & snails - trouble is you need tons of the stuff for it to be effective on something the size of a plot.

Good luck at Starbucks Mike - ask them if they're paying tax these days or do they still leave that to us peasants that they steal off!  what:-{
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Post by: rugbypost on January 12, 2014, 10:52:06 PM
These 3 guys have a great little business B/G they get the wood drill it like Tony said and the coffee grounds feed them . Look up Paul Hollywood Pies and Puds  BBC I PLAYER YOU WILL ENJOY HONEST. iTS EVERY THING YOU AND I LIKE IN PEOPLE ThU:-).
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Post by: Big Gee on January 12, 2014, 11:11:47 PM
OK - will do!
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Post by: wonky on January 14, 2014, 04:20:18 PM
I only went down the lottie to pick a few sprouts so didn't bother getting changed. 2 hours later I'm covered in horse manure and my storage bin is full so quite happy even if I do need a change of clothes! We are fortunate in that there is a paddock across the lane from the allotments and free manure is definitely not to be overlooked. HTT:-}
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Post by: scary crow on January 14, 2014, 05:44:21 PM
That always happens you go to the allotment just to pick some veggies and end up doing more jobs but dont think your on your own we all do it ...Handy that you have paddocks near you to have a good stockpile of manure to rot down ...
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Post by: rugbypost on January 14, 2014, 06:18:01 PM
If you was close Scary you could have as much as you wanted mate its free couple of carrots know and again just to keep them more regular  ROL :-)) fair play they are good producers  ThU32:-)
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Post by: rugbypost on January 14, 2014, 06:25:10 PM
Still having trouble with the shed roof had to call the lads  back who fixed it  they are pretty good it took them an hour and a cup of tea Did a bit of  cleaning around the paths and Hedges topped up the bird feeders and it was home time for me had hospital had my earing aids fitted can not ignore O/H now  lol(1) bit weird at first but got used to it  ThU:-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 14, 2014, 06:49:36 PM
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  lol(1) bit weird at first but got used to it  ThU:-)

''BIT WEIRD but got used to it ''    Whats ignoring her that must be obeyed  ROL :-)) lol(1)
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Post by: rugbypost on January 14, 2014, 09:34:43 PM
 CThUpD:-) ROL :-)) cwl:-]
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Post by: squirrel on January 15, 2014, 12:48:01 AM
My helping hand moved about a ton of manure that was well on the way to rotting when it was delivered two years last October. It looked like black soil with no discernible straw of dung. I am moving this into one of my newly constructed twin bays so that I can create storage for the large bale of straw I have on order.

Weeded the onion and garlic beds as well as the asparagus bed.
Finished mulching globe artichokes, yacon and the sections of beds with perennial flowers.
Topped to beds in poly-tunnel with manure
Tried 3 times to light a fire but as it kept sputtering and dying I gave up to wait until things have dried out somewhat.
Watched the pigeons gathering in force to visit the site at first chance they had.

Went home and crashed in a chair.
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 12:58:36 AM
Wow you have been busy squirrel dont overdo it will you have plenty of time yet before the growing season got the snow to come yet  what:-{
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Post by: Big Gee on January 15, 2014, 01:08:08 AM
That's right - you do too much now & you'll get bored with nothing to do later on!  :-)snigger

God - what you listed there in one day would be a week's work for me!

And Scary's right - we haven't had the snow yet!  cwl:-]
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Post by: squirrel on January 15, 2014, 12:03:06 PM
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That's right - you do too much now & you'll get bored with nothing to do later on!  :-)snigger

God - what you listed there in one day would be a week's work for me!

And Scary's right - we haven't had the snow yet!  cwl:-]

It would be a weeks work for me too BG. The guy I employ to help with the hard work earns his keep at this time of the year when there is all this heavy work to be carried out. I do a bit and sit a bit. Make him coffee and generally go around picking and choosing the jobs I feel I can cope with.  :D

A lot of this work is what was left undone last years due to Alan falling and fracturing his femur and the weather.
This year I am trying to get back on track whilst also keeping up to date with general maintenance of the work we did complete. I know it sounds daft having to buy in a gardener but without him I would not be able to keep my plot.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 15, 2014, 05:42:33 PM
I'm a "do a bit and sit a bit" person myself these days. Trouble is the sitting's getting longer and the doing shorter! It's very frustrating - low energy fatigue is a crippler. Then when you get a better day you overdo it and can't do ANYTHING for 3 days!

It's only my stubborn pride that stops me getting someone in to help now and again - but it goes totally against the grain (especially the paying bit!)  :-)snigger
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 05:45:16 PM
You cracked me up with the   cmu:-)  ''do a bit sit a bit ''almost spat my tea over the screen you wont make much of a lover or fighter like that  ROL :-))
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Post by: Big Gee on January 15, 2014, 06:06:09 PM
Perhaps all that loving & fighting in my younger days has caught up with me! Now I'm just a sad old worn out Celtic Warrior  spf:-(

(http://www.texascoritani.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/warriors.jpg)
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 07:06:41 PM
old and worn out maybe but not sad celtic warrior ..
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Post by: Big Gee on January 15, 2014, 07:10:18 PM
No you're right Scary - let me rephrase -  an old sadly worn out Celtic Warrior!
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Post by: rugbypost on January 15, 2014, 07:35:00 PM
Did not know you were part of that Bridgend Mob  ROL :-)) Some good and great player came out of there. Did not do a lot today did not get a good start with the grand daughter staying. cmu:-) Will promise to try harder tomorrow chrs:-)
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 07:54:56 PM
youre be back to the fighting celtic warrior once you have a weeks worth of anti biotics ..
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 09:12:33 PM
We went to allotment today took the dogs for a walk  with us did a bit of a tidy up dug a section over buried loads of leaves started to dig trench to chuck some muck down for the beans no handbags and then guess what it started to rain so headed for home was good to get out for a couple of hours though ..
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Post by: Big Gee on January 15, 2014, 09:33:32 PM
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We went to allotment today took the dogs for a walk  with us did a bit of a tidy up dug a section over buried loads of leaves started to dig trench to chuck some muck down for the beans no handbags and then guess what it started to rain so headed for home was good to get out for a couple of hours though ..

Told you this morning it was on the way over from the west didn't I?  HTT:-}
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Post by: scary crow on January 15, 2014, 09:39:21 PM
Yes you did it dident get here untill about 3,30 3,45 so not too bad dident come early and spoil the whole day ..Never rained for long either going to try and spend a few hours over there in the next few days weather permitting anyway ...
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Post by: rugbypost on January 15, 2014, 10:46:11 PM
Did you take a torch with you Scary bit late to be out that time of day you missed Antique road show it was good  thought I  saw  you there in the back ground   ROL :-))
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Post by: marcofez on January 17, 2014, 09:44:13 PM
Finally started clearing and tidying the lottie shed. Looking a lot better now. Still need to make more shelves for everything, but at least I know where most stuff is!!! Lol clap:-)
Plus result from Freecycle. Not one but 2 compost bins acquired CThUpD:-)
Bag of flower bulbs bought a couple of weeks ago at half price still not planted! HB:-(
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 17, 2014, 09:50:55 PM
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Finally started clearing and tidying the lottie shed. Looking a lot better now. Still need to make more shelves for everything, but at least I know where most stuff is!!! Lol clap:-)
Plus result from Freecycle. Not one but 2 compost bins acquired CThUpD:-)
Bag of flower bulbs bought a couple of weeks ago at half price still not planted! HB:-(

Very good mate you have done more than me mind you I managed to sow my onion seeds today at home in the warm  CW ;-)
 what:-{ come on get them bulbs in the ground else they won't grow  cwl:-]
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Post by: wonky on January 22, 2014, 09:20:29 PM
Well ok not today but on Sunday afternoon sorted out the front fence to the allotment.

How it was:

(http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/gallery/292_22_01_14_7_24_50.jpeg)

and how it is now:

(http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/gallery/292_22_01_14_9_08_44.jpeg)

Still not very tidy looking but at least its standing upright and not in imminent danger of falling on someone!! Think I might put some comfrey in that soil to the front of the fence - should be better than brambles and bindweed!

wonkyshed.
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Post by: squirrel on January 22, 2014, 09:56:44 PM
To me it looks great. Just what I expect on an allotment, recycling and improvisation at its best. Well done that boy  clap:-)
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Post by: Tony on January 22, 2014, 10:57:33 PM
That soil looks really good leaningshed.  I would certainly put some comfrey in it to sop up all the nutrients in it.  Comfrey will keep the weeds down too if you plant it close enough together. 
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Post by: wonky on January 23, 2014, 12:31:02 AM
It feels good too Tony - much better look and feel compared to the stuff on the allotment! Comfrey it is then!!
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Post by: scary crow on January 23, 2014, 08:49:30 AM
    clap:-)    Good job there wonky shed your soon be finished and planting up hope you have a good harvest you deserve it after all the work you have done on that plot ...
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Post by: ladybird on January 23, 2014, 06:12:07 PM
Went to the plot this morning, lovely sunny morning when I started out. Got on with a few repair jobs then, black clouds appeared overhead and the rain poured down. Got soaking wet and splashed all the way home. Got out of the wet clothes in the garage, went indoors, kicked the mat, shook the cat, whacked the kettle on for hot cup of tea.  It can only get better!
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Post by: rugbypost on January 23, 2014, 07:14:14 PM
Poor Cat cwl:-] did she give you a dirty look :-)snigger Tryed to get out and about  just to damp to do any thing want to rewash my bean canes but it would be a waste of time lets see what the morning brings
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Post by: ladybird on January 23, 2014, 08:00:35 PM
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Poor Cat cwl:-] did she give you a dirty look :-)snigger Tryed to get out and about  just to damp to do any thing want to rewash my bean canes but it would be a waste of time lets see what the morning brings

One look at me and she shot out the cat flap!!
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Post by: scary crow on January 23, 2014, 09:04:07 PM
Had two good downpours here today thankfully i missed both got the dogs out betwee the rain ..Think it,s going to be much the same tomorrow ..
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Post by: Big Gee on January 24, 2014, 12:13:36 PM
Looking good 'Wonky Shed'!

You just love straightening the 'leaners' up on your plot don't you?  CW ;-)
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Post by: wonky on January 25, 2014, 12:20:31 AM
 cwl:-] I hadn't really thought about it but I think you may have a point there B/G! Its not just the leaners either - I keep looking at the path and thinking I should be straightening that out next ..............  mad:-|

wonky
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Post by: Tony on January 25, 2014, 05:35:05 PM
Every allotment plot should have a wonky path LS.  I carefully put a line down the side of the allotment and have been using it to put the slabs down. 

If you look back up the allotment then they look all over the place.  As the new allotment slopes down and the slope is not even they are not very level either. 

I could take them all up again and redo but I think that they add character to the plot and that I should leave them the way they are.   :)  (and that is just what I am going to do)

Whatever they look like, they make pushing the wheelbarrow full of stone very much easier and that is all that I need a path to do. 

Anyway, I planted some sage plants next to the curbing.  They are a bit scraggy this time of year but they are disguising the wonkiness of the path quite effectively.  I will put the rest of the herbs alongside the path to do the same job.  I've got two large pots of Mentha piperita "Grapefruit"; a Mentha piperita "Chocolate" and quite a few self seeded parsley plants to go in next. 
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Post by: squirrel on January 26, 2014, 10:56:54 AM
I had to take the slab path up. He who calls for his dinner, uses a mobility buggy, as do I at times, it became rather an adventurous ride when the wheels kept sliding off the edges of the slabs. On one occasion the thing had a mind of its own and slid on an ice patch tossing my into the cabbage patch.  usf:-(
After that the slabs had to go and I now have a metre wide landscape fabric down the length of the plot. It can still be slippy in the frost but at least it only slides, not tips me or my buggy.  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 26, 2014, 12:08:07 PM
 usf:-( Went plot this morning to meet someone interested in having a plot. Despite the horrible weather she turned up with her husband.
We took them to take a look at the plot available for let they did not seem overly keen on the plot or our site said they had got to go and look at another plot on another site and they would let us know.
It was absolutely bucketing down horrible morning.
Managed to get in my shed and take photo of my tool that I put a new handle on and I will post it in the other thread on tools. As promised chkl:-]
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Post by: Big Gee on January 26, 2014, 01:31:58 PM
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usf:-( Went plot this morning to meet someone interested in having a plot. Despite the horrible weather she turned up with her husband.
We took them to take a look at the plot available for let they did not seem overly keen on the plot or our site said they had got to go and look at another plot on another site and they would let us know.
It was absolutely bucketing down horrible morning.
Managed to get in my shed and take photo of my tool that I put a new handle on and I will post it in the other thread on tools. As promised chkl:-]

You never mentioned to me that you're a masochist Dave - also a bit of a sadist by the sound of it (dragging those poor 'unwaries' out on a morning like this). If they said yes after seeing any plot in this weather I'd eat my hat! You've probably put them off for life.
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Post by: scary crow on January 26, 2014, 01:46:03 PM
 what:-{  Surprised about that thought you knew dave well  ROL :-))
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Post by: squirrel on January 26, 2014, 01:48:35 PM
Masochist, sadist, who care as long as he loves his mother.  lol(1)
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 26, 2014, 02:32:03 PM

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You never mentioned to me that you're a masochist Dave - also a bit of a sadist by the sound of it (dragging those poor 'unwaries' out on a morning like this). If they said yes after seeing any plot in this weather I'd eat my hat! You've probably put them off for life.

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 Angry:-{  Cheek of it was not my choice matey much rather have stayed in bed. I got phone call asking if I would meet someone on Sunday morning as she was interested in a plot and seemed very keen just doing my duty as a committee member you would have done the same I am sure being a nice sort a bloke like me  Grin2:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 26, 2014, 02:55:52 PM
Truthfully?

NO - I would have stayed in bed - I'm obviously a nicer guy than you and have empathy for others & respect for my own carcass!  CW ;-)

 lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on January 26, 2014, 05:06:39 PM
If anyone asks tell them to come back when it stops raining that will give you the next few weeks off at least ...
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Post by: scary crow on January 27, 2014, 05:22:02 PM
Took the dogs for a walk to the plot and dug some more of my bean trench gone 2 spades deep the first spadeful was ok the second one was firm  solid peat ust damp that was coming up in blocks think  another hour digging and it will be finished can start chucking some stuff down it then before the snows come ...
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Post by: Big Gee on January 27, 2014, 08:52:01 PM
Lucky 'sod' (excuse the pun)!
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Post by: scary crow on January 27, 2014, 09:14:01 PM
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Lucky 'sod' (excuse the pun)!

Next time im there i will cut a block of it out and photograph it for you to see  ThU32:-)
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Post by: wonky on January 27, 2014, 09:21:19 PM
Swop you for a block or two of clay Scary  ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on January 27, 2014, 09:32:52 PM
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Swop you for a block or two of clay Scary  ROL :-))

Came home with a couple of blocks of clay wonky one on each boot as i walked back along by the river and they have just cleaned  the silt out and quiet a bit of clay aswell .. lol(1)
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Post by: squirrel on January 27, 2014, 09:45:57 PM
I checked my poly-tunnel and picked a few salad leaves to go on tomorrows sandwiches also pulled a stalk of Brussels and some red kale.

Someone has been on my plot.  usf:-(
Can't see anything missing but I have 2 25kg bags of sand that I fix the roll up door to the tunnel and they had been moved to one side leaving the door flapping. Also I had several sheets of twin walled polycarbonate that I had wedged between darlek bins and my patio table top and wedged them with a wheel barrow pressed between the table top and the shed.

If they had been scattered around I would have said it was the wind. But no! these sheets were now neatly stacked along the front of the shed, the table top was on the ground and the barrow wheeled a little way down the path.

perhaps its a ghost  what:-o  what:-{
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Post by: scary crow on January 27, 2014, 09:54:22 PM
That aint no ghost ..Sounds like someone has been having a good look about on your plot squirrel the fact that the polycarbonate sheets were neatly stacked sounds like someone may have found a new home for them was probally going to use the wheelbarrow as a get away vechicle ...Need to walk the dogs down that way for a couple of days ..
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Post by: Big Gee on January 27, 2014, 11:16:16 PM
Haven't got any gardeners with OCD on the site have you? It's a known fact that they sometimes go around compulsively rearranging things so that they look neat & tidy!!! 

It'll make you feel more at ease than wondering if there's a thief or a ghost abot! ROL :-))
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Post by: squirrel on January 27, 2014, 11:48:00 PM
I was thinking of putting a few garden lines just above ground level, like I was ready to mark out some new paths.

We have a big dispute onsite at the moment and I am a main witness, so things are getting a bit messy, but I am a stubborn old celtic bull (Taurean from Welsh descent) so the more they push the harder I dig my heels in.  Angry:-{
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 28, 2014, 12:26:50 PM
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I was thinking of putting a few garden lines just above ground level, like I was ready to mark out some new paths.

We have a big dispute onsite at the moment and I am a main witness, so things are getting a bit messy, but I am a stubborn old celtic bull (Taurean from Welsh descent) so the more they push the harder I dig my heels in.  Angry:-{

Stubborn old celtic bull  :o  what our fluffy  cwl:-]
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 28, 2014, 01:04:36 PM
Oh dear - sounds familiar!

I've been harrassed for a long time, with my polytunnel being vandalised because the 'lunatics who are in charge of the asylum' are trying to throw me off, for showing them up and highlighting their inadequacies. There is a lso a lot of envy and jealousy floating about when people feel their abilities are being shown up.

Despite having been told that they need to get a court eviction order to get me off (hardly likely as I've not broken any of the clauses on my tenancy agreement - unlike at least seven other plot holders, including one that hasn't paid his plot rent since LAST April, it's pure discrimination against an individual). I received a nasty harrassing letter again last week saying that unless I went they would get an outside contractor to dismantle my polytunnel & remove all my belongings! Since 2011 one of the committee members has received two verbal warnings from the police for harrassment, plus another member's partner had a police warning for threatening physical violence. My solicitor & the police have warned them that if they think I'm deserving of eviction they should follow the correct legal proceedures. On top of all that one member tried to harrass me by taking all my wood chips and using it on his plot. I took him to county court & he landed up paying £180 in damages & costs. He took three of the other lunatics with him to court and lost his case because the judge thought that they were - well - lunatics basically!

Here's a photo of what they did to my polytunnel (4 times it happened in three weeks - the police could't do anything because they had insufficient evidence):

(http://aberaeronallotments.org/pics/Plot17-Polytunnel_vandalism-15-5-11_001.jpg)    (http://aberaeronallotments.org/pics/Plot17-Polytunnel_vandalism-30-5-11_001.jpg)

You can read more about the 'allotments war' by following the link below to my Blog:

http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/pg/blog/gwilym/read/94818/mysterious-disappearances-court-hearing-and-lunatics-in-an-asylum (http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/pg/blog/gwilym/read/94818/mysterious-disappearances-court-hearing-and-lunatics-in-an-asylum)

So you're not alone Fluffy! The lesson is to be very careful who you allow to join your allotment site.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 28, 2014, 03:34:24 PM
Wow Big Gee you must have so much self control and must agree that you do things the correct way   clap:-) YRTB.......If i was there i would be out in the harbour now in a rowing boat with a battery drill and boarding those knob headed owners yachts and boring a inch hole in the bottom  Angry:-{   ...Make my day a invitation to wales i,ve got a balaclava and a pick axe handle  ThU32:-) ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 28, 2014, 05:58:47 PM
 RedFaced:-( I know it makes you mad BUT IF YOU DID THAT you could end up in worse trouble than them and it they are in the wrong.

It really makes your blood boil and make you do things you regret later on. :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 28, 2014, 06:06:03 PM
True may end up in worse C:-) trouble but have to get caught first they never caught the poly tunnel slashers .....Blood boil  think it would be squirting out of my ears because of the pressure ...Dont think i would regret it later on but i know damm well they would think twice before coming back and playing there silly games ... Angry:-{
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 28, 2014, 06:42:15 PM
"There's more than one way of skinning a cat" boys! Why dirty your hands on low life, when you can get the courts to do it for you? The little adventure in the County Court last year was a crippler for the guy that used my wood chip, and a huge embarrassment for his cronies that went to court with him. Obviously they don't learn by their mistakes!

As the idiots don't understand how things are supposed to work, they keep on shooting themselves in the feet. Illegal eviction is a criminal and civil offense - threatening to get a private contractor in to evict me and to say that in black & white in a letter is a pretty stupid thing to do - wouldn't you agree?  :-)snigger

Harrassment is also a criminal offense, and as I now have a precious past record on hand of police complaints against them & warnings issued to them by the police, coupled with this latest "Einstein" threat in a letter I think the water their feet are in is reaching boiling point!  Grin2:-)

A copy of the latest letter is attached - if you want a giggle!


 
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on January 28, 2014, 08:04:33 PM
 ROL :-)) What a bunch of idiots ay! They do not honestly expect to get away with that the sooner you away from those idiots the better.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 28, 2014, 08:08:17 PM
It's difficult to believe isn't it?  :o
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: galina on January 29, 2014, 12:26:43 AM
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It's difficult to believe isn't it?  :o

So sorry to see the pictures and read about all of this.  It's time to find a decent new place with a better crowd and less flooding! 
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 29, 2014, 09:27:56 AM
I,ve tried to tempt BG over the border to this neck of the woods with stories of how good the peat fens are has not worked so far maybe when i upload picture of a nice block of peat may tempt him ....But yes on the serious side the sooner you find another plot of land the better mate you deserve it after being stuck where you are with the loonys ...
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 29, 2014, 09:58:39 AM
Yes that's the conclusion I also came to a long time ago, that's why we set-up the Aeron Vale Allotment Society. The problem is finding land. We've had a couple of kicks in the teeth again over the last few weeks with two more landowners pulling out.

It's difficult to let them get away with thinking they've had their own way, but I'm not here to win egotistic battles, all I (and the other five who want out) really want is to tend our plots & grow our veg in peace and quiet amongst other genuine gardeners in a friendly environment.

So it's plod on!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on January 29, 2014, 12:26:51 PM
We have two people who actually use their plots as a major commercial venture and have several other plots on at least 3 other sites as well as sub-letting from other plot holders in return for keeping their plots tidy. Plus we have one man who has been abusive in a foul mouthed and (sexist to females)  manner to other plot holders and a County Council officer who helped us a grant for hedge laying. He has also vandalised the plot of another member and was seen doing it. They have all been given notice to quit from a Committee who has been working closely with the legal dept of the National Allotment Society. The abuser has even been served with an eviction notice through the courts. Our Parish Council (PC) have an agreement whereby they handed over full management of the site to the local allotment association (our site) in 1951. This constitution still stands but the PC of today seem to be ignorant of its existence.
The commercial growers have been trying to oust the elected committee now for 4 years but have been strongly outvoted each time.  The PC have been swayed to interfere, despite there being legal proceedings in progress, and against their own dept standards seem to be supporting the rogue members.
I have just written a 10 page letter raising all the points of error and injustice I believe I heard and witnessed at the last PC meeting at which 5 members of the rogue members attended.

I have sent a copy of my letter to The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles) because he has a responsibility for Allotments in his remit.
Also to his shadow Sec of State as well as to my own MP.
This PC is known to be somewhat slow in acknowledging letters and took almost 3 weeks for them to acknowledge our Association Presidents letter to them early January.
However I put mine in yesterday afternoon, telling them who the copies had gone to and I have had a hand delivered letter today acknowledging it's receipt.
The rouges were the ones who started the legalities by sending very strongly worded solicitors letters to our committee. The bona fide members agreed to access funds to defend our case.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 29, 2014, 08:07:27 PM
This one can also be included in the new "Tips on Allotment Disputes" category Squirrel (as soon as I set it up).
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 03, 2014, 08:29:49 PM
Had a gallop with the dogs to the allotment today [well a slow walk ]  cut back some of the hazel hedge as it,s attempting to take over the path cut down the raspberries canes and picked some brussel sprouts a cabbage and dug some swedes and parsnips  then had a walk home for a nice cup of tea and a sit down ..Enjoyed the time i spent there good to get out of the house for a couple of hours .. :)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on February 03, 2014, 08:49:34 PM
 CThUpD:-) Well you've done more than I have down the plot this year got loads to do very waterlogged at the moment.  Grin2:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 03, 2014, 08:54:40 PM
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Had a gallop with the dogs to the allotment today [well a slow walk ]  cut back some of the hazel hedge as it,s attempting to take over the path cut down the raspberries canes and picked some brussel sprouts a cabbage and dug some swedes and parsnips  then had a walk home for a nice cup of tea and a sit down ..Enjoyed the time i spent there good to get out of the house for a couple of hours .. :)

You wouldn't have done all that if you lived here matey!!  :-[
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 03, 2014, 08:58:43 PM
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CThUpD:-) Well you've done more than I have down the plot this year got loads to do very waterlogged at the moment.  Grin2:-)

Yes think theres a lot of folks out there that are waterlogged dave we have had so much rain recently . Thankfully our site is well drained so still able to get over when i feel fit enough and do a little bit to try and get things sorted before planting time ...yes i know gee the west coast is still taking a battering from the weather it,s due here again wednesday so each day when it,s dry and i feel able try and get a few bits done ...
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: ladybird on February 05, 2014, 02:26:04 PM
Thunder and lighting here in Kent last night, heavy rain and strong wind today. Forgot to put glass back on cold frame, HB:-( my few early peas will be washed out of the trays on to the floor. We need to tell them  people  in the sky to stop having so many baths and showers, they must be squeaky clean by now.  chkl:-]

 lol(1)

I'll have a word with the Gaffer -SITS -  (The Sprit In The Sky!)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 05, 2014, 07:34:29 PM
I did absolutely zero again today. I am seriously thinking we may have to change our lifestyle if this is how Britain is to be in the future.  ss:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 05, 2014, 07:43:16 PM
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I did absolutely zero again today. I am seriously thinking we may have to change our lifestyle if this is how Britain is to be in the future.  ss:-(

Nah - it's just a bit freaky that's all - we often have freaky weather Fluffy! It comes, then it goes. We go into an ice age then we come out of an ice age. They're still debating if we're going in or coming out at the mo.!

In the meantime we sit & wait (in the rain)! Besides after a certain point in life you're allowed to have zero days without feeling guilty about it. Trouble is we're from a generation that has a stigma attached to having a day off!  CW ;-)

Just CHILL (or was that the wrong word?)  what:-o
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 05, 2014, 09:08:22 PM
I agree we often get freaky weather as history has shown. However sometimes that freaky weather can stay around for a few years as it has often done. I was reading the diary of the Duke of Newcastle when he lived a couple of miles away from me in the 1800s. In the middle of that century they had some very severe weather that resulted in people dying from starvation. He talks about how even the rabbits were very thin from lack of food and how the favourite pastime of shooting on the estates the Dukes who had locally, was yielding very few specimens all of which were very thin.

We have had some freaky weather now since 2007 after the 2006 heat-wave. I just wonder how much longer.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 05, 2014, 10:29:38 PM
MY GOD! How old are you REALLY Scary? Only vampires can live that long!!!!!  what:-o

You've finally slipped up mate. No good trying to convince Fluffy & Co. that you're only 52 on another thread - I have the proof here:



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Post by: squirrel on February 05, 2014, 10:58:37 PM
It seems the secret's finally out scary.  CW ;-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 06, 2014, 02:53:13 AM
Am 52  honest  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on February 06, 2014, 08:50:33 AM
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Am 52  honest  ThU5:-)


Lucky you wish I was 52 again  Grin2:-)
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Post by: scary crow on February 06, 2014, 08:55:48 AM
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Am 52  honest  ThU5:-)


Lucky you wish I was 52 again  Grin2:-)

Only in mind dave my body feels like 72 :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on February 06, 2014, 05:31:34 PM
Had a trip to plot to shift rubbish for dumping on Sat morning stayed dry till 12-00 o clock when I had to leave then guess what the heavens opened again.  usf:-(
A pic of some of it. (not my rubbish unknown plot holders that has been dumped)

For those that do not know click on photo to enlarge
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Post by: squirrel on February 06, 2014, 08:30:05 PM
   what:-{  It's a pity you can't prove whose it is and then get it dumped on their front doorstep. That is disgusting.  mad:-|
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 06, 2014, 08:45:29 PM
I went to the plot at last today. My plan was to clear out and clean the NAFFI shed which was over run with mice last winter so was out of use all last year due to he who must be served, falling and fracturing his hip. This severely limited the time I could spend at the plot so nothing but growing took place.

A friend joined me and we emptied the shed and gave it a good cleaning with EMs, However once inside we found some serious leaks had occurred around the window frames and the roof felt was also letting water through.

For now tarpaulin covers have been nailed across the roof and over the windows to at least offer some protection against the coming weather which will of course be rain.

One good thing was that there did not seem to be any fresh mouse activity this year, so they must have moved out.

The highlight of the morning was hot drinks sitting in the warmth and shelter of the poly-tunnel.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 06, 2014, 08:55:27 PM
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Had a trip to plot to shift rubbish for dumping on Sat morning stayed dry till 12-00 o clock when I had to leave then guess what the heavens opened again.  usf:-(
A pic of some of it. (not my rubbish unknown plot holders that has been dumped)

For those that do not know click on photo to enlarge


Wow what a mess at first i thought it was wonkys plot then i noticed there was no flood tables there ... ROL :-))
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: marcofez on February 07, 2014, 09:42:21 PM
Seeds sown today:  ThU:-)

"Lincoln" peas. 2 modules of 24.

"Snowball A" cauliflower. 3 seeds in each module of six.

"Sweet Basil" in 2 recycled cottage cheese pots with a lid covering them mini propagator style!

All sitting snugly on the shelves of an old mini greenhouse frame.  chrs:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 07, 2014, 10:48:00 PM
Picked some red kale and Brussels sprouts.

Nothing happening tomorrow on the plot as I am throwing a little lunch party for a friends birthday. But hopefully sometime in the near future as I want to get a few things done in the poly-tunnel ready for sowing.
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Post by: Big Gee on February 08, 2014, 02:19:19 AM
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Seeds sown today:  ThU:-)

"Lincoln" peas. 2 modules of 24.

"Snowball A" cauliflower. 3 seeds in each module of six.

"Sweet Basil" in 2 recycled cottage cheese pots with a lid covering them mini propagator style!

All sitting snugly on the shelves of an old mini greenhouse frame.  chrs:-)

KICK OFF!  CThUpD:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 08, 2014, 07:27:52 AM
BG you said
KICK OFF!  CThUpD:-)

But I wasn't ready for the whistle REF!   spf:-(  ss:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 08, 2014, 10:07:47 AM
Gee sent me a pm he said he dident whistle just incase he woke you up  Zzz1 :-] chkl:-]
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Post by: squirrel on February 08, 2014, 10:38:55 AM
I see he left me a note to wake me up  RedFaced:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: marcofez on February 08, 2014, 11:57:40 PM
More seeds sown today.

"Medina" spinach

"Reddy" spinach

"Winter Density" lettuce

A few radishes in the poly border.  ThU432:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 09, 2014, 09:57:41 AM
Well marcofez you have been busy i,ve looked at the seed tin alot but sofar have only started my onions off ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 09, 2014, 11:00:50 AM
I keep sitting here hugging an old shoe box.
I'm not really losing it as much as it may appear. It holds my seeds and I am just letting them know I haven't forgotten about them, I am just waiting for it to be safe before I let the out to play.  :-Yes
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 09, 2014, 11:16:15 AM
Blimey read the start of your post and thought that you was some sort of weirdo that had a shoe box as a best friend  cwl:-]

Same here squirrel just waiting for the right time then it will be all hands on deck seed trays and potting compost and plant labels  flying everywhere ..By am i looking forward to it  :)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on February 09, 2014, 12:41:30 PM
cannot go up the plot as its very windy....the bloke from council not to go there during high winds as we are not insured....but the trees are going to sorted soon by local tree man.

So stuck at home....digging a hole in concrete ...usually where the dogs pee...but Im going to reclaim it and try to grow a mini chamomile lawn...... cwl:-] sometimes I set myself these impossible tasks...
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on February 09, 2014, 01:01:46 PM
At least it will give you a drain hole if this weather keep up LL, but it will be nice and fragrant when the sun shines.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 09, 2014, 04:24:05 PM
Aren't the council supposed to provide mandatory public liability insurance? Every gathering of people for any event is supposed to provide public liability insurance these days.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on February 09, 2014, 05:54:22 PM
A good morning at the plot we got a new plot holder sign up for half a plot. Have given her the forum web address so she may give us a visit Mrs Round it is G  ThU432:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: captainhastings on February 09, 2014, 07:32:41 PM
Made a cold house out of old pallets in the back yard. pretty rough looking but should work ok. Planted a dozen lettuce in a aldi propagator inside it.  The seed is cheap so not a big issue if it does not work out
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Post by: Big Gee on February 09, 2014, 08:29:24 PM
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Made a cold house out of old pallets in the back yard. pretty rough looking but should work ok. Planted a dozen lettuce in a aldi propagator inside it.  The seed is cheap so not a big issue if it does not work out

Spring must be in the air Captain!  CW ;-)
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Post by: captainhastings on February 09, 2014, 08:52:30 PM
I wish it was  chkl:-]  But I have noticed the last few years the winter switches from one extreme to the other quickly. One minute its winter then bang spring is here
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on February 09, 2014, 08:53:49 PM
well there is a bit of a dispute over the trees.....trees are not allowed on the plots...only dwarf stocks...these are trees that line Beverly Brook......so a narrow corridor of wild nature....and the plot holder before me built steps down to brook....so I like to sit there...but the trees haven't been touched for years....so allotment assoc have hired local tree man who has a plot to give them a safety check and trim.


Seriously the suited and booted bloke from council....told me simply...dont go near trees when windy. usf:-( .....well how do you define windy? I may leave to go to plot and its windless...by time I get to plot its gale force.....so I just check everything still standing ...clear twig and branches and go home.
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Post by: Big Gee on February 09, 2014, 09:01:20 PM
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well there is a bit of a dispute over the trees.....trees are not allowed on the plots...only dwarf stocks...these are trees that line Beverly Brook......so a narrow corridor of wild nature....and the plot holder before me built steps down to brook....so I like to sit there...but the trees haven't been touched for years....so allotment assoc have hired local tree man who has a plot to give them a safety check and trim.


Seriously the suited and booted bloke from council....told me simply...dont go near trees when windy. usf:-( .....well how do you define windy? I may leave to go to plot and its windless...by time I get to plot its gale force.....so I just check everything still standing ...clear twig and branches and go home.

It's this 'common sense devoid' world we now live in - where Health & safety rules with no sense! Who on earth can prove how windy it is there anyway? Who sets the maximum wind speed for safe or unsafe?  mad:-|
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 10, 2014, 10:44:53 AM
Well off to walk the mutts and gonna take my waste to the allotment and finish my bean trench off that will do me for today ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: ladybird on February 10, 2014, 03:21:01 PM
Still throwing it down here! Think I might invest in some fish to plant/keep.  chkl:-]
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Post by: scary crow on February 10, 2014, 04:09:46 PM
Well it,s finally dug got to finish the bean trench today has got a good layer of kitchen waste , and  leaves in it and yet more to be added .
And trimmed another section of the hazel hedge so pleased with that spoke to 2 other plot holders on the way home and then pumpkin soup time weather been good looks a little overcast now ...
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: marcofez on February 10, 2014, 08:31:13 PM
"Bramley" and "Breaburn" apple trees pruned.
"Conference" pear tree pruned.

Planted 3 bushes of each:
"Ben Nevis" blackcurrent
"Jonkheer van Tets" redcurrent
Had a general tidy up as well. Great to be outside!! ThU432:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on February 10, 2014, 08:52:51 PM
walked mutts up there for sandwiches and little check out......saturated and one of my dogs has dug some holes and sprayed solid all over paths...making it very muddy.

Brassicas doing ok...garlic growing....one bed needs compost as wind shredded the black weed membrane protecting it.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 10, 2014, 11:50:45 PM
I'm still confined to barracks!  spf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 11, 2014, 03:32:13 AM
Your soon find a plot and be a busy bee or is that a busy gee getting it ready for planting so chin up mate  ThU:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: wonky on February 25, 2014, 01:51:54 AM
Took a chain saw to a rotten railway sleeper and so finished the border for my comfrey bed:

(http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/gallery/292_25_02_14_12_47_57.jpeg)

and delivered another 10 buckets of rubble to the dumpit site!

wonky.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on February 25, 2014, 03:25:36 AM
Looking good wonky and you had blue skies aswell  ThU5:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on February 25, 2014, 12:18:54 PM
You are doing a grand job there mate! What an achievement when you're finished! I'm really impressed by the effort you're putting into that plot of yours.  ThU:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on February 26, 2014, 03:10:29 PM
 clap:-) Excellent job you doing there mate you have done more than I have this year  :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: squirrel on March 04, 2014, 11:41:55 PM
Took a break from all the aggro and spent most of the day on the plot.
I harvested so leeks and parsnips ready for the big stock pot venture tomorrow.

However most of the time was spent clearing out behind the main shed and erecting a multipurpose covered area out of stuff that was lying around.
I can now get my trolley under cover with space for tubs or bags of compost.
We stripped down an old pallet and made a slatted shelf for a seed sowing or potting bench, an area to dry onions or even a space for growing lettuce in the shade mid summer.
A great bit of DIY which I am very happy with.

3 bags of rubbish came home and in the bin for tomorrows collection and a couple of buckets of stuff for recycling too.
Cloches are in place to warm up the soil for early potatoes and broad beans. I have also started to prepare a seed bed in the poly-tunnel. It still gets a bit cold at night so I'm not ready to go yet.
There is a lot of evidence of a fox scavenging on the plot, he has really seemed to enjoy unearthing a few bits of bokashi.
I certainly seem to have too many Brussels sprouts still to use, I MUST MAKE A MENTAL NOTE NOT TO PLANT SO MANY NEXT TIME.

The pond seems to be looking Ok but no sign of frog spawn as yet.

Another pallet is to make a gate near the shed in the hope that my dogs will get a bit more space when they have to be confined.

Then I came home to a steak pie dinner, what more can a body ask for?  :-Yes
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Post by: marcofez on March 07, 2014, 06:00:32 PM
Delivered two 125litres of verve multi-purpose compost to the lottie!

Just about managed to move it from my car to polytunnel!!!  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 07, 2014, 09:37:57 PM
You need a big sack trolly my friend!  ThU:-)
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Post by: squirrel on March 07, 2014, 11:40:46 PM
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You need a big sack trolly my friend!  ThU:-)

Or a big guy to do it for you  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 08, 2014, 12:22:57 AM
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You need a big sack trolly my friend!  ThU:-)

Or a big guy to do it for you  CThUpD:-)

 cwl:-]

The answer's NO before you ask!
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Post by: marcofez on April 13, 2014, 10:13:00 PM
Prepared bed for french beans after harvesting last of the carrots and parsnips. Enough left over after today's roast to freeze.
Sowed:-
Green french bean-Saxa in modules(48)
Yellow french bean-Wachs Beste Von Allen in module(24)
Also planted 6 strawberry plants in some large pots inside the poly tunnel. 3 each of Elsanta and Honeoye. Though I reckon I need 6 more.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 13, 2014, 11:03:54 PM
Sounds like you're out of the blocks & heading down the track Marcofez!!
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Post by: scary crow on April 13, 2014, 11:50:01 PM
Sowed mine today aswell in modules french beans [blue lake ] some for me and some for a friend ..Will be sowing a few things this week i think as the weather seems to be improving ....
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Post by: ladybird on April 16, 2014, 07:25:14 PM
Spent today replacing the netting over my blueberries.  I did not have a piece of netting big enough and had to join two pieces with cable ties. I also made a discovery whilst doing it.....never wear a garment with buttons when working with netting, takes a lot longer to do the job!.  lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on April 16, 2014, 08:37:19 PM
Lovely day so spent it tidying the front garden cut the little bit of lawn we have then  weeded  the gravel drive and   the flower bed chucked some seeds in there ... Our tubs were overflowing so split them up and repotted in new compost refilled the bird feeders ...The good thing about working at home is you can sit down for a cuppa  HTT:-} whenever you fancy one ..
Oh then had to walk the dogs .....
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on April 16, 2014, 10:20:57 PM
At last, managed to get all my spuds in.

Purple Star all sown, other runners for sale sown. Two new bee nuc's now into their new hives and looking good. Last of the leeks up and in the freezer, ditto, spinach and purple sprouting.

Busy day all round
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Post by: Big Gee on April 16, 2014, 11:05:50 PM
Got a good day in today - I hope to get my spuds in by the weekend. Big Bertha got put through her paces today - we're both tired out tonight!

Last of the beetroot & swedes lifted & the celery. It's a bit past it's sell by date but a few stalks are still OK. The purple sprouting broccoli is in it's glory, it got a stay of execution today though because Josie's sister & her husband are coming down from Birkenhead on Friday for the weekend - so I was ordered to hold fire on the broccoli until they arrive. The leeks also dodged the big dig-up but they'll be up tomorrow I expect, so that I can finish the rotovating - got too many left - hope there's enough room in the freezer! They have come up trumps this spring thanks to the mild winter and no frost.
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Post by: Star on May 17, 2014, 01:42:01 PM
I planted 2 Frangipani cuttings that I have had drying out. One went straight in a space I had, but for the other I had to pull out some King ferns and some succulants, I replanted the succulants elsewhere but will throw the ferns out.
A lovely 23.4ºC today.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 17, 2014, 08:34:41 PM
APS all safely tucked up against their bamboo canes. District Nurse canes are ready so in they go tomorrow. Next will be the tall purple peas and some climbing pencil shaped climbing French beans called Carminat. This is a new bean sent to me as a free gift by Dobies ( I still can't get over the fact that Tesco now own this old company ) after I bought some stuff. I include a link for the description because it sounds promising. I will save some seed this year and see where we go from there.

http://www.dobies.co.uk/Garden/Vegetables/Vegetable+Seeds/French+Bean+Seeds/Climbing+French+Bean+Seed+-+Carminat_431145.htm

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Post by: starlet83 on May 26, 2014, 09:13:01 PM
So today we woke up to SUNSHINE!!! Told OH he could have a coffee then we were off up to the plot. He sulked like a baby. He likes the idea of the plot but I will not let him be all slap happy sticking things here there and everywhere.  So he has got the hump on with me.

To give you an idea at home I have got my borders planned.  Nice and scenty. Lavender, Roses, a bit of fuscia some lemon thyme etc etc. The silly sod put some sunflower seeds in the middle of it. 5 of them all in a clump together then 4 daffodil bulbs at the side! He's an idiot.

Anyway I digress. So I dragged him and Ellis up to the plot.  Dispite Ellis nicking the canes I had marked my beds out with to play sword fighting it was quite a productive day.  We got 5 beds dug over on the back fence and then I gave them a good layer of the home made compost I collected yesterday.  Its fantastic stuff.  I then planted some Brussels and some Globe Turnips. We dug half of another bed then came home for lunch. I have got another bed ready to plant some Broccoli tomorrow.  Upon Big Gees advice of planting it straight out instead of inside.

It's all trial and error for me at the moment.  Will see how it goes. 

The half bed we started is for the strawberry plants I was given and hopefully Raspberries or blue berries next year. However Ellis has told me that he doesn't want us to grow the black balls (blueberry) as they are yucky and make him really sick. This was just before he tucked into strawberries,  raspberries and blueberries with yoghurt.  Little monkey!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 26, 2014, 10:37:54 PM
Great stuff, sounds like you are really steaming ahead. Don't want to be too premature as you have planned the blueberry patch for next year but with blueberries being ericaceous, unless you know you have acidic soil I find it is far more successful to grow them in large (30 to 35 litre) pots with ericaceous compost. If you try to render 'normal' soil to become more acidic by adding pine needles etc it will soon revert back to type. Then you will find that fruit quantities will drop off and fewer flowers will be produced.

Blueberries also like to have their toes in water so mine sit in deepish (up to 4" or 5") plastic troughs all the year round. I feed them weekly as  soon as they start to flower and all the way to the end of fruiting with either home made comfrey liquid or organic pelleted fertiliser.
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Post by: starlet83 on May 26, 2014, 10:44:34 PM
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Great stuff, sounds like you are really steaming ahead. Don't want to be too premature as you have planned the blueberry patch for next year but with blueberries being ericaceous, unless you know you have acidic soil I find it is far more successful to grow them in large (30 to 35 litre) pots with ericaceous compost. If you try to render 'normal' soil to become more acidic by adding pine needles etc it will soon revert back to type. Then you will find that fruit quantities will drop off and fewer flowers will be produced.

Blueberries also like to have their toes in water so mine sit in deepish (up to 4" or 5") plastic troughs all the year round. I feed them weekly as  soon as they start to flower and all the way to the end of fruiting with either home made comfrey liquid or organic pelleted fertiliser.

Ah thank you!  Its only in the planning stage and I have not looked into it at all. I will remember your advice.  Might be better at home in tubs on the patio then.

I am just sort of looking and thinking well I would like some of that and it might go here at the moment!

Thanks for the help!
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Post by: Big Gee on May 27, 2014, 01:38:02 AM
The secret of enjoyment on your plot is PLANNING! It's what winters are for  chkl:-]

The biggest kick I get is from planning my plot down to the last detail, not just the crop rotations, or where the beds will go, but what each variety will be down to the last plant. And then following that plan and getting the big hit from seeing it all come together exactly as you envisaged it in your head. As John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard) used to say in the A Team "I love it when a plan comes together"!

As an example - here's a pic of my plan for the 2013-14 season:

(http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/pics/2013_planting_layout.jpg)

And if that OH of yours won't listen & doesn't stop messing up your plans send him to the park to play on the swings with Ellis!  ROL :-))

PS as usual, excellent advice there from Tommo!  Secret:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 27, 2014, 08:12:37 AM
Blimey, BG, if ever I was in a concentration camp you'd be the man in charge of the escape committee with a map like that. Trouble is, you probably want to stay behind after everyone else had escaped and take the guards on head to head before issuing them with a bill for you inconvenience! I have to juggle with which bit isn't waterlogged, which bit I've got the pigs clearing and what I can remember putting where in the last 3 years.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 27, 2014, 11:52:26 AM
Between us we's make a great team Tommo! Scary could take the part of Steve McQueen on the motorbike!!  lol(1)

Me I'd be useless in the tunnel because it would need to be bigger than average and would take too long to dig!  Now give me a pencil made out of a bit of charcoal and the back of a cigarrette packet & I'd be your man . . . . . as for a bit of 'afters' with the guards - well I wouldn't mind a bit of that too, whilst the rest of you were disappearing over the hill!  ROL :-))
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 28, 2014, 06:44:30 AM
 cwl:-]

Actually I'm not the disappearing kind. I'd see the others out of the tunnel and come back to hold your jacket, dust you off after your afters and take you for a pint. chrs:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on May 28, 2014, 12:45:37 PM
It's a deal !!! ThU32:-)

 ROL :-))   lol(1)   cwl:-]
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Post by: ladybird on June 10, 2014, 06:35:49 AM
I've done it at last!!  Now that most things are planted, I finally found time to do a major tidy up. The bits of wood lying around, the old fence posts chucked on top of the manure heap, the rolls of scrap chicken wire, the flower pots and seed trays left here and there, having been emptied of their contents, buckets, blue water pipe and bamboo canes all now in their rightful places.
I feel great  and can now walk freely around the plot without having to sidestep obstacles.  I love this time of year when the mad rush to get things sown and planted has eased and crops are growing away nicely. A time for bigger cups of tea  and longer chats with good friends!. I even had time to make scones for yesterday's tea break HTT:-}
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Post by: Big Gee on June 10, 2014, 10:51:51 AM
A lovely feeling that - after the rush and then a clear up. It's like a tonic for the mind & body!  ThU32:-)

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Post by: scary crow on June 10, 2014, 10:05:39 PM
Dont rest for too long theres them weeds to deal with if you dont have any now you soon will have  lol(1)
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 10, 2014, 10:46:48 PM
 CThUpD:-) Managed to get 2/3 of my onions in today 70 plants in about 30 left to do now.
Here's some Pics.

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 12, 2014, 08:04:50 AM
Grabbed some valuable time last night and managed to dig out about 1/3 of my rusted garlic. Luckily there will be a crop that will just about cover our needs but I'm sooooo disappointed that many of the remaining ones are undeveloped. We need loads of garlic as we make our own rich,roasted tomato, garlic, olive oil and sea salt purée. Plus pickling them and using loads more in cooking.

Just one question as I haven't had this before:

I always keep the biggest, fattest garlic back for next year's stock. Can I save some of the bigger garlic for sowing next year after suffering the rust or do I have to bring in new bulbs?
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Post by: Big Gee on June 12, 2014, 10:46:05 AM
I would be apprehensive of doing that Tommo. The rust is fungal, so there are microscopic spores about. If those spores stay on your bulbs you'll be reintroducing them to next year's soil. The same as you could transfer blight spores on potato tubers.

You may get away with it, but your risk factor is greatly increased. I don't need to remind you that you should now plant your bulbs in fresh uncontaminated soil next season.
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 14, 2014, 11:29:16 PM
Had a good day at the plot got onion bed filled about 120 onions in (more like spring onions than maincrop  :-)snigger )
Also sowed some beetroot and carrots to fill the bed up, sowed some climbing French beans to.
Very disappointed this year everything gone in late.
Here is a couple of pics.

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Post by: Big Gee on June 15, 2014, 12:44:35 AM
You're definately getting there Dave! Don't get disheartened mate - there's a long way to go to the autumn & you'll find everything will catch up.
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Post by: scary crow on June 15, 2014, 02:20:43 PM
Your doing ok Dave as Big G has said already it,s a long while to the end of the season so you will catch up and have a decent crop to pick ....

Last few days i,ve just been weeding they seem to pop up over night ..  Happy with the way everything is growing could do with a drop of rain though the farmland beside my plot is planted with onions and noticed friday that there taking the hoses and water cannons onto it to water the onions there .....
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 15, 2014, 03:21:38 PM
Doing good there, Dave.

You'll know when it's too late tp plant or sow when it starts snowing.

For what it's worth I haven't got carrots or beet root in yet, should get them in this week though.
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Post by: scary crow on June 26, 2014, 09:30:53 PM
Got up this morning made a flask of coffee chucked a packet of biscuits 2 bannanas and a couple of oranges into a bag  and  had a day at the plot weeding got one and a half wheelbarrow loads off the plot bloody things grow whatever the weather so thought it was a good time to remove them with the threat of rain coming dident want them drinking the precious rain ..Dug some new potatoes cut a nice cabbage and picked some broad beans and a couple of courgettes and headed for home.. Really enjoyable day in the sunshine with a gentle breeze blowing ...
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 26, 2014, 10:08:38 PM
 clap:-) Looks like someone has had a good day at the plot nice one mate. Well We got problems on our other site so not been able to get on mine very much.It started raining here just after 9 O-clock, ab it earlier than forecast  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on June 26, 2014, 10:44:03 PM
Don't you just LOVE weeds scary? They're almost as popular as slugs & snails on an allotment plot!  ss:-(

You be careful with your UV allergy!
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Post by: aftermidnight on June 28, 2014, 05:18:58 PM
I'd thought I'd jump in here with a (few) LOL words about my garden. My gardening space is in our back yard, roughly 60' x 100', it's also designed so you can't see the whole area at once, you have to wander around to see everything. With our family grown and on their own I started growing more ornamentals than edibles. I'm a collector at heart, have grown Begonias, Dahlias, Chrysanthemums amongst other things over the years and had at one time a large collection of Fuchsias and Asters which have to be one of my favorite flowers, (had some lovely Asters from Paul Picton) I also have a few Brugmansias :).
Since 2000 I've started back in to growing some veggies, this year I grew edible podded radishes for the first time, Rat Tails, love them and I just planted a few seeds of the Madras variety yesterday which is supposed to be tenderer and more succulent than Rat Tails. I have 19 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in buckets, all are flowering and have small tomatoes on most of them. Garlic (Persian Star) is just about ready to dig, I'm giving it one more week. I keep my own seed of a lettuce given to me by a friend, it's one from Croatia, a lovely butter head type, must get two more cut and leave the last two for seed. I'm also trying Outredgeous a red Cos lettuce, I think it's just about ready to pick. Cucumbers are starting to form on the two varieties I'm growing this year, Sweet Success and Diva (my absolute favourite) and I have one Cantaloupe plant in, this may or may not come to anything, depends on the summer we have.
Scattered throughout the garden are my beans, there's a story behind how I got hooked on heirloom beans, needless to say I'm hooked :). I grow mostly pole varieties, they don't take up as much room and I don't have to bend down to pick them, I'm at the stage now if I get down I try to have a list of what else can I do while I'm down there, old age ain't for sissies LOL. I think I'm up to 36 varieties this year, although common beans don't easily cross, some do so I'm bagging a few flowers on each of them just in case.  Hey Big Gee, the Aerons are off and running, have left the Chinese Red Noodles choking in their dust.
Not an heirloom but one I'm growing this year is called 'Flamingo' a mutation a fellow on another forum found growing in his garden. The pod is a vibrant hot pink when mature, it's a wax bean so when cooked it turns yellow. Another I got in a trade I'm growing this year are some beans bought at a farmer's market high in the Andes in Ecuador. I have no idea of what they are, all I know so far is they are climbing type, not a runner, how high they'll climb ??? At least a couple are not day length sensitive as they are flowering now. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of a bean they produce.

Oh, and what am I doing in the garden today, weed, weed and some more weeding, after being laid up for most of last year my compost bins (all six) are full and we've been to the composting area of the landfill with several truck loads already. Overgrown Roses (David Austin) and mainly an assortment of shrub and vine prunings, 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' and Ceanothus ‘Victoria’ are on the list of to dos today they need a major overhaul, looks like another trip to the landfill ....and of course the continuing battle with the slugs, snails and earwigs sigh......

Annette

 
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Post by: marcofez on July 02, 2014, 02:50:51 PM
Watered!
Started weeding the mess that is my raspberry patch. Got to just prune some canes back now, so get more fruit instead.
Harvested salad, potatoes, onions and garlic.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 02, 2014, 08:44:45 PM
I love to hear descriptions of people's gardens & plots & what they've been up to - lots of lovely pictures in my head!  mad:-|

KEEP THEM coming folks - don't hide your "lights under bushels"!
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Post by: galina on July 05, 2014, 09:27:45 AM
Weed, water, harvest - ponder what to grow where spuds are being dug (other than turnips).  Must sow more lettuce and orientals.  Probably should start getting the garlic out, at least the rustier types (2 hardnecks).  Softnecks and Elephant are still looking like they might benefit from another week or so.  Loganberries and Jostaberries are not far behind, gooseberries are just finished.     
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Post by: Big Gee on July 05, 2014, 01:00:59 PM
There's always quick 'turnover' salad crops galina (if you haven't got enough), or there's swedes - still not too late for them and of course the old leeks - they fit in well with bare potato patches.
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Post by: galina on July 05, 2014, 10:43:11 PM
Swedes, there is a thought!  Thanks Big G  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on July 06, 2014, 12:47:00 AM
"Glad to be of assistance ma'm"!  CW ;-)

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Post by: Btoe on July 06, 2014, 09:11:48 PM
Had a productive afternoon at the plot, weeded the onion bed, back breaking but needed done (probably be all back tomorrow) lol I checked around my potatoes and found three of the Desiree hauls just failing so dug them up, really just to see and curiosity was killing me. I impressed myself with the size and number of spuds must be about a 10kg bag worth. Then I picked quite a lot of fruit from my redcurrant bush, same as yesterday and managed to get 7 jars of Red Currant and Chilli Jelly so hopefully I'll get the rest done after work tomorrow. Then picked a couple of carrier bags full of Russian Red Kale and it's been washed, blanched, chilled, dried and in the freezer...All in all a great day  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 06, 2014, 10:19:15 PM
An excellent day, I would say, Mr. Toe.

I too have been busy - the picture below is of the new Gardeners Chat-Shed Beanframe that now resides in a vacant pig pen where I am watering in 22 Trail of Tears plants.

(https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/y0eiPQhESUHhjAkWrrZHkkg-_JiUGlX9Rm-oqRwsU5TCx2L3tO4-yaXadxnbl_TeNYGBwfyMMwWwooqvwEkUs6_k49Lh8XTXM3KjHg8XrGqo8DQ=s0-d-e1-ft#https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2920/14589824432_4207f46370.jpg)

I also picked the first of this year's blueberries (after strimming out the blueberry cage ) - about 1/4 of a kilo and they taste wonderful. Add to that 4kg of loganberries and tayberries, 1kg raspberries.

Almost finished installing the greenhouse irrigation system too so that will take the twice a day watering regime down somewhat.

Another good day on the ranch.
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Post by: scary crow on July 06, 2014, 11:00:06 PM
That bean frame looks good tommy there a great idea think we will all be using one of those next year ...
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Post by: Big Gee on July 06, 2014, 11:25:52 PM
My it's been a busy day for some Btoe!  clap:-)

Hey Tommo - that's one big & impressive "V" frame there hombre! Any reason why you've chosen to go so wide? Mind you I suppose when you have a ranch there are less limitations on horizontal space than on a humble plot!!  lol(1)

Scary: no royalties for my design my friend! Anyone & everyone can use my "V" frame design. In fact I think I'll put a nice link somwhere prominent so that our forum members can all find it and download a plan for themselves. It sounds as if it'll be the flavour of the season next year!  Grin2:-)

For now here's a 'little' download button - if anyone wanders on to this thread & is curious what it's all about:

 (http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/pics/download_button-03.gif) (http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/APS-order/RunnerBean_V_Frame_diag.pdf)
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Post by: Btoe on July 07, 2014, 07:28:09 AM
I've printed off a copy of the plans again and should have done it this year  doh:-{ as I see how busy the old wigwam is going to be. It is one of my regrets on my plot but put myself under pressure to have x, y, z done. There's always next season though  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 07, 2014, 08:24:49 AM
You're right, Mr. Toe, there is always next season, but this gardening lark is a bit compulsive and once we start it's easy to overdo it a bit. Enthusiasm always seems to get the better of me and then I creak and groan for days. Still, after a couple G & T's, everything seems to look good again.

 Thought I'd go wider, Gee, so that the beans, perhaps, would more readily hang down for picking. The downside is the frame is probably a bit less stable and may need some support at the extremities, but we'll see.

Also, I'm only 5'6" and can't easily reach when the canes are high up and have to enlist HI's help (she is a delicious 6' tall), just what you need for bean picking time.
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Post by: Westheathdave on July 07, 2014, 10:39:36 AM
 RedFaced:-( The way things are going we will have to call this site the INVERTED A FRAME GROUP   :-)snigger  ROL :-))
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Post by: Westheathdave on July 07, 2014, 10:43:29 AM
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An excellent day, I would say, Mr. Toe.

I too have been busy - the picture below is of the new Gardeners Chat-Shed Beanframe that now resides in a vacant pig pen where I am watering in 22 Trail of Tears plants.

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clap:-) Looking great there Tommy you are doing a grand job there, do not know how you fit it all in   ThU32:-)
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Post by: galina on July 07, 2014, 10:53:47 AM
Are you sure you want to treat these beans so well?  They were not spoilt here you know  lol(1)

Superb frame.   clap:-)

Yes I also wish I had the space.  Too bad, we have what we have and perhaps that's a good thing or I'd never get out of the garden.   CW ;-)
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Post by: Big Gee on July 07, 2014, 11:02:33 AM
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. . . .  Thought I'd go wider, Gee, so that the beans, perhaps, would more readily hang down for picking. The downside is the frame is probably a bit less stable and may need some support at the extremities, but we'll see.

Also, I'm only 5'6" and can't easily reach when the canes are high up and have to enlist HI's help (she is a delicious 6' tall), just what you need for bean picking time.

Sounds like good logic Tommo! Picking beans from a conventional "A" frame support gets very tricky when you're a bit height challenged. Picking from a "V" frame makes far more sense - an extra wide "V" frame makes it even easier I suppose. I'd never thought of it from that angle! I'll be very interested to see how it performs for you. You'll have to watch your head though when you straighten up after picking at the bottom of the canes!
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Post by: Btoe on July 07, 2014, 11:03:13 AM
Tommo your are 100% right, am suffering now, we had a slight bump in the car a couple of weeks ago and my right arm/shoulder were strained. Advised to rest but then who would do the work and don't want it going to waste. Certainly feel it later on and next morning. It's funny but as the season goes on, I find myself wishing I'd done this and done that so made a list of things to remember and do. When people put the photos on then it sort of spurs you into action and gives you an idea of what you can aim for. Your plot looks really impressive Tommo  clap:-)
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Post by: scary crow on July 07, 2014, 11:14:35 PM
Had to do some watering today so pumped up about 300+ gallons to water veggies and refill my barrels think it could be a dry year here this year the weatherman /woman promised us rain for friday evening into saturday morning and possible showers for sunday and monday what a lie had a drop friday evening not enough to put a inch of water into my empty barrels so had to be done today ....
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 12:04:32 AM
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Had to do some watering today so pumped up about 300+ gallons to water veggies and refill my barrels think it could be a dry year here this year the weatherman /woman promised us rain for friday evening into saturday morning and possible showers for sunday and monday what a lie had a drop friday evening not enough to put a inch of water into my empty barrels so had to be done today ....

Guess what Scary - it rained here this afternoon and on till 9pm tonight. Gallons of the stuff in fine droplets with no wind - a nice soaking. It was promised initially for next Thursday, now they've changed their minds and tell us it's going to get sunny here again by the end of the week!

Do you trust them?  cwl:-]

I don't think it's as dry as it initially was here last summer, but this year is not a wash out either. Mind you the further west you travel the wetter it gets - unless it blows in from the east - which is pretty rare, but has been a tendency this year.

Does that Fen peat dry too quickly for you?
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 08, 2014, 07:48:40 AM
Well after a sunny forecast we ended up with very heavy showers yesterday that kept me off the lottie and into the greenhouses. But at least I managed to finish installing the irrigation system which runs of 4 separate timers.

The bees didn't get a look in yesterday, either so that may well be on the cards for later this afternoon if it brightens up.

Today I'm off to help out me mate, Julian, to do some concreting. Still nursing a sore disc so better be careful.
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Post by: squirrel on July 08, 2014, 10:19:25 AM
The sun was high and hot before 8am yesterday so an early start was called for.

I got lots of little jobs done like packing more straw under and around the potatoes, which are being grown in a no dig manner.
Root crop beds weeded, the tail and od the white cabbage cleared from last year as they have now all split and start6ing to go to seed.

Grape vines kept in check with all surplus growth removed. (Several nice looking bunches forming this year)
small seed beds and poly-tunnel watered and tomato side shoots nipped out.

Harvested lots of broad beans and raspberries. Other soft fruit coming thick and fast too.
By 12.30 it was just too hot to continue so I went home to have lunch and enjoy what was left of a lovely day.

Finished lunch just on time for it to start pouring down with rain and it didn't stop until the evening.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 11:34:25 AM
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Well after a sunny forecast we ended up with very heavy showers yesterday that kept me off the lottie and into the greenhouses. But at least I managed to finish installing the irrigation system which runs of 4 separate timers.

The bees didn't get a look in yesterday, either so that may well be on the cards for later this afternoon if it brightens up.

Today I'm off to help out me mate, Julian, to do some concreting. Still nursing a sore disc so better be careful.

Concreting is not an ideal pastime for a disc problem Tommo - you be careful - you don't want to lay yourself up at this time of the year!
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Post by: lottieguy on July 08, 2014, 11:46:28 AM
Hi Ya, Like the frame. takes up a lot of room though for a smaller plotter to use. Can see the benifits, is it a permanent fixture? soil looks red, I've seen soil like that before on the coast but can't think where, it'll come to me. I read earlier about trail of tears beans and wondered where you get them? Some thing to do with the cherokee indians and when I did a bit of research gave more meaning to the 70's song "indian reservation" by norman grenbaum I think. Happy Gardening.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 11:54:29 AM
It's that famous 'Devon Red Soil' lottieguy.

I got my Cherokee Trail of Tears from Annette (aftermidnight) - she lives in Vancouver. They have jet black beans, but Tommo's got a white seeded strain that he's growing. Galina is the one to talk to as well - she's quite an expert when it comes to this bean.
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Post by: Btoe on July 08, 2014, 01:28:54 PM
Gee, do you hink I could still palnt out my CTOFT beans this year would there be enough time  chrs:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 01:35:37 PM
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Gee, do you hink I could still palnt out my CTOFT beans this year would there be enough time  chrs:-)

I certainly hope so Btoe! I had a disaster with the first lot I sowed, only one survived! Might have been something to do with how they were handled in customs. Anyway, Annette is sending me another batch and I REALLY hope we have a long summer and late autumn so that I can get them grown and some seeds of my own saved. Apparently they should reach maturity (weather pending) in about 85 days - so here's hoping! If you have some spare room in a cold greenhouse it should definately be OK - as long as you get them going in the next couple of weeks. I'll be risking mine out in the open, but time is running short 
spf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 08, 2014, 02:31:58 PM
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Concreting is not an ideal pastime for a disc problem Tommo - you be careful - you don't want to lay yourself up at this time of the year!


Ah yes, I agree, Gee, but mine is purely supervisory with only a little bit of shovelling thrown in. I worked at a Civil Engineering Company in their Concreting section and the Welding section back in my late teens. Funny how som things stick in your brain. Both experiences have come in very useful over the years.

I'm sure that the ToT beans will be fine...85 days is only 12 weeks which takes us to the beginning of September. Runners will crop well into October and I'd have thought that those canny Native Americans would have kept beans that would produce for an extended season as their lives depended on it. It'll be in their heritage, you'll see. I wouldn't be surprised if you weren't still cropping at the beginning of November.  ThU432:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 03:02:33 PM
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I'm sure that the ToT beans will be fine...85 days is only 12 weeks which takes us to the beginning of September. Runners will crop well into October and I'd have thought that those canny Native Americans would have kept beans that would produce for an extended season as their lives depended on it. It'll be in their heritage, you'll see. I wouldn't be surprised if you weren't still cropping at the beginning of November.  ThU432:-)

Yes that's the way I figured it as well Tommo.

You need a 'Lazy-back shovel' for that concrete mate. Can I interest you in an Aberaeron shovel?  RedFaced:-(

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Post by: scary crow on July 08, 2014, 04:58:59 PM
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Hi Ya, Like the frame. takes up a lot of room though for a smaller plotter to use. Can see the benifits, is it a permanent fixture? soil looks red, I've seen soil like that before on the coast but can't think where, it'll come to me. I read earlier about trail of tears beans and wondered where you get them? Some thing to do with the cherokee indians and when I did a bit of research gave more meaning to the 70's song "indian reservation" by norman grenbaum I think. Happy Gardening.

Trail of tears and other ibeans available from                www.realseeds.co.uk/beans.html
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Post by: Big Gee on July 08, 2014, 06:26:26 PM
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Hi Ya, Like the frame. takes up a lot of room though for a smaller plotter to use. Can see the benifits, is it a permanent fixture? soil looks red, I've seen soil like that before on the coast but can't think where, it'll come to me. I read earlier about trail of tears beans and wondered where you get them? Some thing to do with the cherokee indians and when I did a bit of research gave more meaning to the 70's song "indian reservation" by norman grenbaum I think. Happy Gardening.

Trail of tears and other ibeans available from                www.realseeds.co.uk/beans.html

Out of stock with no date for more I fear old friend. They're based only 40 miles from here - they were my first port of call a few weeks back.
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Post by: scary crow on July 08, 2014, 06:59:36 PM
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Hi Ya, Like the frame. takes up a lot of room though for a smaller plotter to use. Can see the benifits, is it a permanent fixture? soil looks red, I've seen soil like that before on the coast but can't think where, it'll come to me. I read earlier about trail of tears beans and wondered where you get them? Some thing to do with the cherokee indians and when I did a bit of research gave more meaning to the 70's song "indian reservation" by norman grenbaum I think. Happy Gardening.

Trail of tears and other ibeans available from                www.realseeds.co.uk/beans.html



Out of stock with no date for more I fear old friend. They're based only 40 miles from here - they were my first port of call a few weeks back.


What about this one ..............http://myfolia.com/plants/35-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris/varieties/17077-cherokee-trail-of-tears   

Theres a few swaps and stashed at the top of the page worth a look at ...
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Post by: Btoe on July 08, 2014, 10:22:16 PM
Thanks for the positive replies Gee and Tommo, I will get back to the plot tomorrow and get them planted and keep fingers crossed. I picked anoth 4lbs of redcurrants tonight and dug up one of the Winston haulms as it was showing signs of yellowing and they were huge. I love digging them up it's like finding treasure and nearly 6lbs in weight  CThUpD:-) hopefully the rest will be similar  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 08, 2014, 10:58:58 PM
6 pounds in weight!!! is that just one potato???? I've got to get some of those next year.
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Post by: lottieguy on July 09, 2014, 07:43:10 AM
Hi Ya, thanks for the information on the trail of tears beans, a mate of mine is going to the states to tennesee so I will ask him to try and bring some back for me. I will liaise with galine as she has put me right acouple of times. See i am still learning and enjoying it to. Happy Gardening.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 09, 2014, 08:52:58 AM
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6 pounds in weight!!! is that just one potato???? I've got to get some of those next year.

Winston grow to huge proportions, especially considering they're earlies. I've grown them and they certainly grow big, although I never had one anywhere near 6Lbs!

I was very disappointed with their taste - or rather lack of it. In my soil they were very watery and bland - not my idea of a nice potato at all. I vowed never to grow them again - regardless of their impressive size. However they have a RHS AGM - so maybe they taste better in some soils other than mine.

Leslie Walsh (Dave) seemed to like them. In fact I grew them to try and beat him the following year for the biggest tuber. He can tell you who won!

I've had a similar experience this year with Pentland Javelin. I did grow them many years ago, although in a different soil in a different area. I won't grow them again here - until I get senile & forget how disappointed I was with them this season.  Blush:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on July 09, 2014, 08:58:46 AM
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What about this one ..............http://myfolia.com/plants/35-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris/varieties/17077-cherokee-trail-of-tears   

Theres a few swaps and stashed at the top of the page worth a look at ...

Thanks scary. I've registered, but I can't send a message requesting a swap until I've been a member for a whole day! Apparently it's an anti spam strategy  >:(
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Post by: lottieguy on July 09, 2014, 10:27:07 AM
Hi Ya, a crrection to one of my earlier posts in the Don Farden made the record I knew called Indian reservation not Norman. Sorry. I looked up trail of tears again and they are shiny black seeds that grow gree/red pods. You can use them dried or as snap beans. I will definately try them. Those of who grow them now what colour beans do you get? Happy Gardening.
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Post by: Btoe on July 09, 2014, 10:35:56 AM
Sorry guys  RedFaced:-( but that weight was for all the tatties howked up from that plant. The largest was just over one and a half pounds. I was that pleased with them I even took a picture, might even frame it lol. If all the Winstons are like that will grow them next year again  chrs:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 10, 2014, 10:50:59 PM
Well the onions are all weeded out at last - thats one of the jobs I find paradoxically annoying and yet, at the end, very satisfying as when you stand up and there they are all nice a neat and clean in their straight rows - hopefully that will be the last time before they finish and into storage. But you never know...a nice drop of rain and up come the blasted weeds again.

Yacon also weeded.

First picking of my District Nurse.What a lovely bean that is. Jst as tender as the APS but with that distinctive french bean taste in abundance. Tonight we had them with thin sliced smoked ham, fresh picked courgettes, sliced long ways and tossed in whole cloves of garlic and butter. All home grown of course and a lovely home brewed, chilled beer.

Fruit cages and hazelnut plantation all strimmed and tidied up. Looks like it's going to be a good year for nuts...must polish up the air rifle and get ready for the squirells.

More red currants picked, sorted and into the freezer.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 11, 2014, 12:40:23 AM
You're weeks ahead of us here Tommo - the only legumes I've had so far are a few handfuls of peas!

If you must shoot squirrels then do eat them Tommo - the're very pleasant to eat, it would be a sinful shame to rob them of their life in return for a few extra hazelnuts. At least if you eat them then the burden of guilt is greatly lightened!  usf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 11, 2014, 07:50:22 AM
You have a point there, Gee. I saw a good Huge Fearnley episode when he 'did' squirrels and he thought they tasted good too. Might even try it myself.

As far as the guilt is concerned with squirrels, I don't have any. Tree rats, I call them, and being rodents they have to keep on chewing to keep their teeth down which grow continuously. This usually means my hosepipes, electric cables, plastic trays etc etc. Have you seen the damage they do when they decide to inhabit your loft space. mad:-| well they do that in my sheds.

These grey squirrels that ousted our indigenous reds (incidentally the reds aren't as invasive in homes) are another Americanism I can do without.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 11, 2014, 12:36:29 PM
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You have a point there, Gee. I saw a good Huge Fearnley episode when he 'did' squirrels and he thought they tasted good too. Might even try it myself.

As far as the guilt is concerned with squirrels, I don't have any. Tree rats, I call them, and being rodents they have to keep on chewing to keep their teeth down which grow continuously. This usually means my hosepipes, electric cables, plastic trays etc etc. Have you seen the damage they do when they decide to inhabit your loft space. mad:-| well they do that in my sheds.

These grey squirrels that ousted our indigenous reds (incidentally the reds aren't as invasive in homes) are another Americanism I can do without.

 ROL :-)) Yes I know - rodents can be a real pain. The year before last I found some rats (I assume they were rats) had gnawed through about 50 yards of hosing for me over the winter months, they seem to love gnawing the stuff, it was riddled with puncture hole marks along it's whole length and rendered useless!

Here you go:


Sautéed squirrel, chanterelle mushrooms and autumn vegetables


Ingredients

        2 squirrels, skinned and gutted, chopped into quarters
        1 tbsp flour
        200ml/7fl oz red wine, preferably claret
        2 tbsp unsalted butter
        1 onion, finely chopped
        1 garlic clove, finely chopped
        2 tbsp chopped pancetta
        1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
        ½ bay leaf, finely chopped
        1 tsp lemon zest
        sea salt
        pinch cayenne pepper

For the mushrooms

        50g/2oz unsalted butter
        1 shallot, finely chopped
        1 garlic clove, finely chopped
        100g/3½oz chanterelle mushrooms
        salt and freshly ground black pepper
        2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley, plus extra to serve

For the autumnal vegetables

        300ml/10fl oz chicken stock
        1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, sliced thinly
        1 celeriac, peeled, sliced thinly
        2 turnips, peeled, sliced thinly
        1 tbsp clear honey
        2 beetroot, cooked, peeled, sliced thinly
        3 onions, sliced thinly
        2 tbsp olive oil
        1 fresh bay leaf
        sprig fresh thyme
        salt and freshly ground black pepper
        50g/2oz pine nuts, toasted, to serve

Preparation method

Dredge the squirrel pieces in the flour and set aside.
   
Warm the claret in a saucepan.
   
Heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Add the pancetta and squirrel pieces and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning regularly, until golden-brown all over.
   
Add the warmed claret, thyme, bay leaf and lemon zest to the saucepan containing the squirrel and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the squirrel is cooked through. Season, to taste, with sea salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
   
Meanwhile, for the mushrooms, heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the shallot, garlic and mushrooms for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and stir in the parsley.
   
For the autumnal vegetables, preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
   
Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a saucepan then turn off the heat. Add the butternut squash, celeriac and turnip. Heat for five minutes, or until slightly softened. Remove the vegetables from the stock using a slotted spoon and set aside.
   
Add the honey to the stock, return the mixture to the boil and continue to boil until the volume of liquid has reduced in volume and resembles syrup.

Arrange the butternut squash, celeriac, turnip, beetroot and onion on a large baking tray. Drizzle with the olive oil and pour over the reduced stock mixture. Add the bay leaf and thyme and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
   
Bake the vegetables in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until tender.
   
To serve, arrange the vegetable slices on the serving plates. Top with the squirrel pieces and spoon over the mushrooms. Sprinkle with the flatleaf parsley and toasted pine nuts.




Stay up in Sherwood Fluffy - it could be perilous for you down in zunny D'ebn at the moment!!  what:-o
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 12, 2014, 12:36:28 AM
I canabalism such a bad thing? at least we keep it in the family and nothing goes to waste.

 I notice there is no garlic in that recipe, Gee, you gotta have garlic.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 13, 2014, 12:37:47 AM
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  . . . . I notice there is no garlic in that recipe, Gee, you gotta have garlic.

Oh - go on then if you insist!

As I'm writing this I'm still having garlic 'repeating' on me after eating ONE mushroom in garlic batter, that her indoors insisted I taste during our evening meal tonight with her sister & brother-in-law who have been down for the weekend from Birkenhead.

I KNEW I shouldn't have given in to her pleadings!  Angry:-{

Why oh why do I keep on giving in to the eating of the vile stuff?
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Post by: aftermidnight on July 13, 2014, 09:55:18 PM
Gee, you don't like garlic, what:-o I really like it, hubby loves it. When I make Garlic Toast I just mix 2 or 3 minced cloves in a gob of Becel, spread it on the buns and pop the under the broiler for a couple of minutes. Now, if hubby was doing it he'd use the whole head if I wasn't watching.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on July 14, 2014, 12:33:39 AM
I'm sure MANY extremely nice people like it, but garlic & I are not the best of mates. I got roped in to eating some garlic French bread slices today - it's been giving me reminders all evening of it's presence whilst I was on the lottie. One of these days I WILL be brave enough to say no and mean no when I'm offered it!  :-[ 
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Post by: Westheathdave on July 14, 2014, 10:23:34 AM
Got a new nickname for you Gee   GHG  (GARLIC HATING GEE)  ROL :-))  lol(1)  cwl:-]
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Post by: wonky on July 14, 2014, 11:27:36 AM
 ROL :-))  lol(1)

But one of the extreme pleasures of eating garlic is that it keeps giving us these gentle little reminders of what we have eaten. (even if some of them are a wee bit smelly and from the wrong end and up to 36 hours later). We aren't called old farts for nothing you know!!!

wonky.

 ROL :-))  ROL :-))  ROL :-))  ROL :-))
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Post by: Big Gee on July 14, 2014, 04:07:47 PM
Extreme pleasures?!!!!!  what:-o

You've got to be kidding me! I think garlic is a food spoiler - not to mention the fact that it ruins your body - which should be a temple!  O:-)
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Post by: Btoe on July 14, 2014, 09:08:31 PM
This was an article in one of the newspapers today http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/13/smelling-farts-is-good-for-you-and-this-is-how-weve-reacted-to-the-news-4796649/ so you lot could be on the right road... what:-o ROL :-)) lol(1) cwl:-]  NTh:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 14, 2014, 10:19:52 PM
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Extreme pleasures?!!!!!  what:-o

You've got to be kidding me! I think garlic is a food spoiler - not to mention the fact that it ruins your body - which should be a temple!  O:-)


Now I know you must have bumped your head, Gee. Lightly cooked French Beans sauteed in garlicky butter is an absolute dream.....I think I will even try APS done this way
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 14, 2014, 10:35:58 PM
Anyway I think we're going a little off-piste as this is the 'What Did You Do In Your Garden / Allotment' thread and not 'Why I hate Garlic'.

So, we have a Work Experience student for 5 days. A very pleasant and well mannered 15 year-old lad who adores animals and wants to know what it's like to work on a mostly self sufficient small holding.

Today I took him to the National Bee Supplies centre in Okehampton, bought some essentials and went back to the bee shed where he learned how to construct super-frames with new foundation, open and inspect two hives, find and identify the queen bee, watch newly emerging worker bees and even witness a wasp trying to get airborn with a bee larva (before it was well and truly swatted)!

Then it was off to the fruit cages where we picked 13lbs of red currants and prepared them for the freezer, before helping to cut off the, now badly blighted, potato haulms and prepare them for burning tomorrow.

Water all the plants in pots and containers and eventually allowed him on my ride on lawn mower so he could cut the grass in the dog exercise paddock.

Before tea I introduced him to the big boys' toys and let him use my tractor and topper to top off the paddocks where my friend's three young bulls have been eating down the long grass.

Should sleep well tonight.  Zzz1 :-]
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Post by: Big Gee on July 14, 2014, 10:53:43 PM
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This was an article in one of the newspapers today http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/13/smelling-farts-is-good-for-you-and-this-is-how-weve-reacted-to-the-news-4796649/ so you lot could be on the right road... what:-o ROL :-)) lol(1) cwl:-]  NTh:-)

My guess is that was written for the April 1st edition of the Metro & was a bit late going to print!

Hydrogen sulphide on it's own is bad enough - mixed with a hint of garlic and it's unbearable!

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Post by: Big Gee on July 14, 2014, 10:58:15 PM
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. . . . Should sleep well tonight.  Zzz1 :-]

Poor little mite will sleep for a week I reckon! I bet he doesn't know what's hit him!! Are you sure you'll see him again Tommo? Despite the 'ride on mower' incentive!  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 16, 2014, 04:29:27 PM
Well if yesterday was a busy day for him, today was a real eye-opener!

So there we were, Fred (I mean, who takes a look at her first baby and then decides to call him Fred???) the Work Experience and me,  having a nice easy start to the day stripping out the last of the black currants, Fred with his headphones on listening to something that sounds like TSS, TSS, TSS T TSSS TSSS TSS, when I get a phone call from Mike; the chap in whose orchard our sheep and lambs are grazing.

"I think we have a problem with one of the ewes," says he.

"Oh?' says I, "What are the symptoms?"

"Well," he begins, "it was alright an hour ago then it fell over and started twitching and foaming at the mouth...and it won't get up."

"Righto," I reply, "I'll be right over."

A quick call to my sheep farmer mate (also called Mike) confirmed that it sounded bad and it would be better if I went and collected the ewe and brought it home "...after all, it's not a good idea to have dead sheep in someone else's garden, it might put them off having them next time."

"Come on, Fred," I call, "We've got to go and collect a sick sheep."

"What, eh," he starts, pulling the earphones out of his head.

So it was off to Mike's orchard with the stock trailer clanging behind us where, true enough, there was the ewe foaming away. Picture this...sitting on the floor was Mike's wife with the sheep's head on her lap whilst she fanned its face with a large dockleaf as if it was her pet dog dying from a snakebite. Poor old ewe was probably more stressed by this odd behaviour than the original ailment!

I backed the trailer up, dropped the back down and told Fred the Work Experience to grab a hind leg and together we would heave the ewe up into the trailer.

Now a fully grown Suffolk ewe is no lightweight so with much pulling and, ignominious shoving, we managed to get her in whilst the horrified Mike's wife stared on ...I knew at that point that it was not going to be any time soon that I would be invited to her literary group's afternoon tea on the lawn.

The panting and foaming ewe safely ensconced in the trailer we headed back home where we decanted her into a small field shelter. I showed Fred the Work Experience how to syringe some vital minerals into her throat as sometimes a sudden mineral drop can drop a sheep quicker than a stun-gun. In any event give a sheep 24 hours and it will either be standing munching hay or skipping over hurdles in the clover rich pastures in the sky. It was the latter in just under 2 hours. My guess was that it some poisonous plant or other wot done it.

So now we have a heavy, rigor-morticing, bloating sheep to heave back into the trailer and cart it off to the fallen-stock yard some 10 miles away. So with a grim look on his face, as the ewe was now beginning to leak strange yellow gunk from its nostrils, Fred the Work Experience heaved away until we re-loaded the departed beast.

For those without knowledge of these things A Fallen-Stock Yard is basically a huge concrete yard, a large steel barn, an incinerator and a fork lift truck, upon which sits a yokel who adopts a disturbingly sadistic smile when he spies the corpse in the trailer. The whole ambiance is one of the stench of dead and decaying meat which fills the air and which had the effect of turning Fred the Work Experience an interesting pale green colour.

After hoicking our cadaverous traveling companion out of the trailer and dumping it into a trolley truck I suggested that we left as I was sure that the yokel had begun to eye me up as his potential next victim.

Fred the Work Experience was very quiet on the way home but his colour began to return to normal after about 15 minutes as he gulped in lungfuls of fresh air in though the open window.

When we got back he asked me if he could take a shower.

"Only when we have cleaned the gunk out of the trailer," I said, them's the rules.

Fred the Work Experience simply groaned.
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Post by: aftermidnight on July 16, 2014, 08:22:09 PM
Just another day in the life eh! Loved you accounting of said incident.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on July 16, 2014, 09:18:28 PM
I loved the dialogue too Tommo  clap:-)

Could be pulpy kidney disease (Clostridium perfringens) especially if the grass in the orchard is a bit rich and different from the usual diet. I've seen animals foaming like that with liver fluke as well (where the fluke enters the lungs) but Devon is not associated a lot with liver fluke I wouldn't have thought - it's a very Welsh sheep problem with our wet climate and fluke snail levels. Mineral deficiency is not common at this time of the year, being quite prevalant when ewes are in lamb and there's an excessive drain of minerals on their bodies. Watch out for the others - they often tend to suffer these things in batches.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 17, 2014, 08:35:28 AM
I'm almost certain it's not parasite damage as they are drenched  regularly. It's high ground up there so not at all damp, which tends to rule out fluke, in fact there isn't a natural water suply so they have a drinking trough filled daily by Mike and his dockleaf weilding wife. The grass is not too rich either and being browsing as well as grazing animals they do love the abundant hedgerows and what's under them. That's why I think that she had found something toxic. The others all look fine (at the moment), but hey, that's the joys of sheep keeping...up one day and down the next...we can but try.
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Post by: Btoe on July 20, 2014, 09:09:12 PM
I was at the plot today after the rain yesterday and did some weeding to start with then right into picking the rest of my goosegogs managed about 6 kilos so should make more lovely jam, The remainder of the red currants picked as well and manged 3 kilos out of them so all in all pleased with the fruit in my first yseason on the plot well chuffed. Not so chuffed finding weevilly type beasties in my pea pods...was looking forward to them. Do I just pick them all or see how they go.

I dug up some of the Duke of York potatoes some braw looking tatties there along with some Rocket, Red Pear spuds. All the potatoes have been stonking so far with little slug damage to talk about. Am now pretty tired but happy now...  chrs:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on July 20, 2014, 10:08:15 PM
That reads like the post of a happy allotmenteer to me!  CW ;-)

Sadly it looks as if you've probably fallen foul of the dreaded Cydia nigricana the Pea Moth. Pea moths iare small, grey-brown moths whose larvae (caterpillars) feed in the pods of garden peas

Their larvae look like this:

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The moth itself looks like this:

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Don't worry, if they're a problem in your area, the next time you grow peas protect them with 'debris' netting or 'Veggiemesh' - or fleece. growing an early, fast maturing variety also helps.

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Post by: scary crow on July 20, 2014, 10:59:29 PM
Well got up this morning got dinner all ready and headed out with the dogs for a walk then went to visit allotment few growers busy on there plots ..We had a chat then we went and dug some spuds picked some broad beans and APS ,rainbow chard and the last of the gooseberries and a few black currants and headed for home it,s been a very warm day again but we had a shower of rain this evening not as much as some places local to us but better than nothing ..
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 20, 2014, 11:06:57 PM
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Not so chuffed finding weevilly type beasties in my pea pods...was looking forward to them. Do I just pick them all or see how they go.

Those pea maggots are the reason I never eat mange tout...yes I know they are delicious and sweet and crunchy (the peapods not the maggots) but the thought of possibly having those squirmy puss sausages exploding in my mouth puts me right off.

When I have a sessions podding my peas ready for the freezer I keep all the maggoty infested ones in a separate bowl before chucking them out into the chicken pen where the hens fall on them like harpees ensuring that none of them make it to adulthood to re-infest my next year's crop.
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Post by: scary crow on July 20, 2014, 11:08:56 PM
waste not want not and the chickens enjoy  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on July 21, 2014, 12:30:22 AM
 CThUpD:-) well I been at plot all day except for break to cook dads dinner. The no 1 job was yes you guessed it WEEDING spent most of day getting weeds out.
Then had to plant some more beans to fill the gap is in feedback posts.
Dug some rogue potatoes that came up in last years bed most were pretty good. My other potatoes I planted poor as only about half of em have come up.
My onions have come on a bundle nice and healthy (so far  :-)snigger ) not as big as I would have hoped but I think they will be ok.  :-Yes
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Post by: Btoe on July 21, 2014, 08:43:18 AM
Yep, those are the ones Gee, horrible wee beasties, unfortunately I don't have any chooks as I'like to feed them. However squished thew little blighters befor discarding the wasted peas. I wasn'a great fan of the old mangey tout anyway but that thought puts me right off them Tommo  lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on July 21, 2014, 10:53:13 PM
all that panic dave and as gee has said you,ve caught up them onions look ok to me ....It,s quiet easy to spend all day weeding dave those buggers grow whatever the weather good to see your getting back into the growing ..
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Post by: scary crow on July 23, 2014, 10:40:56 PM
Well today we did a little bit of weeding as we are now on top of them so a half hours weeding when we visit keeps them under control ..Then we pulled the onions and laid them on a wire rack to dry it,s ideal weather to dry them we picked half a carrier bag of aps there great producers plus  some broad beans a few courgettes and a marrow and some french beans the aps beans and the marrow and courgettes went to our local farmer who we see each day as are allotments are inbetween two of his fields he was well pleased and i look forward to his comments on the APS ..  He,s handy if we need anything for the plot like feed or sprays so I like to look after him ..  Watered a few things then headed for home as the heat makes a few hours seem like 24 and drains your body ..
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Post by: Big Gee on July 24, 2014, 12:32:34 AM
I know what you mean mate! This heat is a burden - reminds me of a penal colony in French Guiana where Papillion was sent! It wears you out just sitting in the shade.

Those APS beans are coming in handy as currency then!  CW ;-)

You'll be quite rich - they'll produce their little socks off till November for you!!
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Post by: scary crow on July 24, 2014, 10:27:49 PM
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Those APS beans are coming in handy as currency then!  CW ;-)

You'll be quite rich -

Yes dont need modern day currency when you can barter for what you need  ThU32:-) .

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 24, 2014, 10:57:59 PM
Here's a couple of pics showing the refurbished chairs and the new table I made, mostly out of re-claimed/re-cycled materals. The seats were completely rotted out so good use of the reclaimed security mesh and three metal reinforcing rods. I've still got to get the Hammerite out and paint them yet...just need to timetable them in.

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The table with the hexagonal design inspired by my lovely bees..also my first attempt at scroll-work. The table was put together out of some spare angle iron, some old security mesh and a piece of old market stall I found on the carboot. I actually bought the steel for the scrolls. Should be nice all painted up. I won't show the picture of my finger that I caught in the steel bandsaw when I was setting the 30degree angles for the hexagons.

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And another 7lbs of blueberries destined for the feezer

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Post by: Westheathdave on July 25, 2014, 10:12:00 PM
 clap:-) Wow what a lot of blueberries I only got about one eighth of what you got there you are doing better than me mate.  How many bushes in total do you have??  I have only got 3.
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Post by: Big Gee on July 26, 2014, 01:00:27 AM
Fantastic looking job there Tommo! "Have welder will travel"? If you want to spend a few days on the sunny Welsh coast in the middle of winter knocking up some garden furniture for me then you know where you can come for a little winter break!!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 26, 2014, 08:20:20 AM
Glad you like them my friend.

Sounds like a plan, Gee, you better get out your Mam's recipe book and light that stove.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 27, 2014, 11:34:16 PM
Don't you just love sweet peas. Here are some that we've had a great season with, just keep on cutting and they just keep on producing. they are called 'Royal Famiy'. Fantstic, long stemmed for cutting with a sublime scent as well.

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Post by: Big Gee on July 28, 2014, 04:56:45 PM
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Don't you just love sweet peas. Here are some that we've had a great season with, just keep on cutting and they just keep on producing. they are called 'Royal Famiy'. Fantstic, long stemmed for cutting with a sublime scent as well.

Gorgeous! Sweet peas & dahliah's are my favourite flowers on the lottie - they're almost a tradition amongst allotmenteers aren't they? Trouble is the tendency to relegate them down the priority list in the mayhem to get all the veggies sown & planted. I usually land up sowing and planting the old sweet peas a bit late.

I've never tried the variety "Royal Family". They sound like a good choice - especially as they're apparently well scented and thrive in cooler climates. The smell of these flowers for me is every bit as important as the way they look. Sadly many of the very pretty more modern strains have tended to be a bit wanting in the scent department, and are far removed from the original small flowered highly scented Sicilian originals.
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Post by: scary crow on July 30, 2014, 11:00:15 PM
Just harvesting today as it was too hot and humid to do anything else so a couple of cabbages some beetroot ,runners and french beans ,spuds and carrots and our first cucumbers then off home and made up a bag of veggies for a sweet old lady who lives a few doors away from us ...
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Post by: Big Gee on July 31, 2014, 12:47:44 AM
Funnily enough I made up a 'bag of goodies' for a sweet old lady yesterday - my mother!

In return I got the Bara Brith recipe off her - so I can now post it on the recipes board. I promised it for Annette - so she'll be pleased.  HTT:-}

Still hot & humid in sunny Yaxley then? It's cooled down a bit here - we had a nice sea breeze today so it didn't feel so 'heavy'. Rain promised here by Friday - but I'm not holding my breath!   lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 31, 2014, 08:27:07 AM
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Funnily enough I made up a 'bag of goodies' for a sweet old lady yesterday - my mother!

In return I got the Bara Brith recipe off her - so I can now post it on the recipes board. I promised it for Annette - so she'll be pleased.  HTT:-}(1)


She'll be pleased??? I'm well chuffed...hurry up and get it online
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Post by: Big Gee on July 31, 2014, 10:34:48 AM
  CThUpD:-)

 ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on July 31, 2014, 09:42:26 PM
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Still hot & humid in sunny Yaxley then? It's cooled down a bit here - we had a nice sea breeze today so it didn't feel so 'heavy'. Rain promised here by Friday - but I'm not holding my breath!   lol(1)



Well beeen a hot sunny day here today with a bit of a breeze and this evening we had about a hour of rain not heavy rain but very much welcome think it,s going to be wet over the next couple of days ....Well hopefully ..
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Post by: aftermidnight on July 31, 2014, 10:40:19 PM
.....and  a great big  :-)= from me for your mam  for her recipe Gee.

What did I do in the garden today? Well, I decided to clean out my raspberry bed so with a bit of help from hubby it's all done. It's been kind of neglected the last couple of years so after the old canes were cut out and the couch grass pulled we went up to the local feed store and picked up a couple of bags of  composted steer manure and a bag of sea soil. I'll spread these tonight after the sun's off this bed, (I call it the 'Back Forty', forty steps from our back door, not forty acres ;D). It's too stinking hot out there  for me right now so I'm in playing on my computer.

I grow my raspberries in a slightly raised bed, the canes trained horizontally on wire strung around and through two T-bars at the ends of the bed, the wire at a comfortable hight for picking, when the old canes are cut out, the new canes are left to grow inside the wire, the taller the better. In october after the new canes are no longer brittle I bend and weave them around the wire. This way you get lots of berries off just a few canes and they're at a nice height for picking. Anyone else growing their raspberries this way? I picked up this method of growing raspberries when watching a segment on raspberries at the RHS garden at Wisely many years ago, If I remember correctly Peter Seabrook was the commentator on a Victory Garden show, we used to have some good TV shows on gardening, not any more they're just rubbish, not for REAL gardeners.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 31, 2014, 11:01:20 PM
Love to see a coule of photo's of your raspberry frame, Annette, if you have time.
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Post by: aftermidnight on July 31, 2014, 11:32:11 PM
Tommy, each forum seems to have a different way of posting pictures, on GW I know how to post a single picture but have to get hubby to help with multiples, I think I still have some old pictures in my photo album taken at different times of the year. We'll see what we can come up with. If we can't figure it out I could possibly email you the pictures? As you all must know by now I'm not a computer whiz  ss:-(.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on July 31, 2014, 11:41:10 PM
That's great, Annette, I'll be happy to help.

Is the 'Photo Album' you mention on your computer, and, if so, are the pictures saved as jpeg files or bmp files.

It is VERY easy to put them on this forum. I would be happy to show you how but the best bet would be for BG to show you as he is our resident computer whiz.

Rob
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Post by: aftermidnight on August 01, 2014, 12:13:32 AM
Tommy, I resized my pictures to 500 or less pixels, they are on my desktop, I'm on a Mac computer, HELP!!!

Annette

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Post by: aftermidnight on August 01, 2014, 12:19:56 AM
 Rob, I should have mentioned some are jpg's and some are png.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 01, 2014, 09:27:55 AM
Hi Annette, that's fine. If you want to email me them I will put them up in the gallery and on gardening tips for you.
Rob
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Post by: GCS_Forum_Administrator on August 01, 2014, 01:38:55 PM
Hi Annette -

Just been browsing this board & realised that I hadn't put up a 'Personal Gallery' for you in the GALLERY section of the forum.

I've now installed it for you - have fun!

Here's a link to it:

http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php?action=gallery;cat=36 (http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php?action=gallery;cat=36)

Don't forget to choose the 'category' (in your case 'Aftermidnight's Personal Gallery') when you upload your photos, otherwise they'll get uploaded to the default gallery.

Any problems then PM me  ThU:-)

G.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 01, 2014, 01:41:15 PM
NIce one, Gee, I knew you'd don that armour and ride up on your trusty steed.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 01, 2014, 01:57:31 PM
Yeah! AND soaking wet in the pouring rain!!!

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My steed will now probably get pneumonia. The things I'm called on to do for damsels in distress  ROL :-))
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Post by: aftermidnight on August 01, 2014, 02:43:56 PM
Thanks Gee, I'look into that when I have a bit more time, right now the weeds are snowing me under HB:-(.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on August 01, 2014, 03:03:41 PM
You're welcome Annette!  ThU5:-)

Did the bulk of my weeding yesterday - before the rain. Now I'm a stiff old man perched over his keyboard listening to the rain, but with a grin of accomplishment on his face!!  lol(1)
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Post by: aftermidnight on August 01, 2014, 03:24:15 PM
Gee, in the meantime I emailed some pictures of my raspberry bed, such as it is to Tommy, so he'll post them for me if he thinks they will be of any help. Now I'm off to the weeding before the sun hits, it's just about 7:30 am here so I should be able to get a couple of hours in  ;D.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on August 01, 2014, 08:38:01 PM
It stopped raining around lunchtime here today & it became sunny, warm, but very humid this afternoon (classic jungle weather) so 'She Who Has To Be Obeyed' & I decided to go down the lottie for an hour to do some picking. This was decided upon after SWHTBO informed me that this was our only window of opportunity before the rain started again & then continued over the weekend. Annoyingly, she's probably right again! We spent a couple of hours on the lottie & sure enough it started bucketing down again just as we were leaving for home. However mission was accomplished for today as the following pics show:

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A trugful of Aeron Purple Stars. We only grow our own beans. The ones for seed collecting are separate, but we still grow the APS for eating as well. These are them. Notice a few have not yet developed the maroon flushing that precedes the eventual purple colour of the pods.

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Yet another trugful of the Onward peas. They've cropped their socks off this year & amazingly the dreaded powdery ,mildew has stayed away (so far) which is a surprise, because everything else that gets affected by fungus seems to have gone down with 'mushroom' disease! Those spores love the warm humid weather we've had.


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Not the best of the bunch when it comes to apricots. These are the ones that have been jettisoned by the tree. The really lush big ones are still left and ripening nicely. However these 'orphans' taste gorgeous - even though they've been abandoned before their time was up.



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If you're wondering she's 5' 7" so it gives you an idea on the height of the sweet corn.


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On the trail of the lonesome sunflower! Absolutely amazing. It's a stray seed from the area where I grew three or four sunflowers last year. It's survived winter, been rotovated at least three times, been earthed up in the potato row & after all the potato haulms got cut off after the blight strike it's still standing proud & amazingly right in the middle of the potato patch and exactly in the middle of a ridge! How amazing is that? Isn't nature wonderful when left to her own devices?

Incidentally the 'haulmless' potatoes are from the left two rows of Pentland Hawk (maincrop) a row of Harlequin (maincrop), two rows of Charlotte (second earlies) and on the far right a row of Pentland Javelin (first earlies). It'll be a while before I grow Javelin again (until my memory fails me for a second time). I grew them many years ago - although that was somewhere else -  and said I wouldn't grow them again, but then had a memory lapse and planted them again this year - NOT my favourite spud, well not in my soil at least.

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'You know who' seeking out the pea pods. The gap in the lettuce patch is where my Iceberg succumbed to bottom end rot - that's right - another fungal problem.

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From a different angle . . .


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End on view of my Aeron Purple Stars with the French bean wigwams to the right, the apple, apricot & plum trees to the left (espalier trained) broadbeans (who have also fallen foul of rust - which is ALSO a fungal infection) and in the foreground my onion bed.

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A glimpse of my brassicas under the debris netting. These are Primo, also growing in the other debris 'tunnels' are cauliflowers, savoy cabbage, and some broccoli plants.


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My girls in Burkas! I don't know about you but these French beans growing on their wigwam supports look like giant Muslim women to me - especially in the half-light at dusk! Four different varieties including Irish Connors, District Nurse, Kentucky Yellow Wax and some Cherokee Trail of Tears (I hope to have more Cherokee Trail of Tears next year - had iffy germination problems with them this season).


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The onions with their foliage just starting to keel over - not as big as usual, but they did get planted very late this year - thanks to the weather in these parts last spring! They're Autumn Gold - highly recommended.


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That's it - otherwise you'll start to get bored, but I couldn't finish without letting you see ol' faithfull - my rhubarb patch. I thought it was curtains for my rhubarb this year, they spent a long time under water, and when they started to sprout in the spring they looked decidedly sick, with rust and what I thought was a bit of crown rot. But being tough hombres they've pulled through and caught up with their usual display of leaves. If you're wondering - that's yet another wigwam of Blue Lake French beans to the left of the rhubarb.

And that was that on our lottie today!  HTT:-}

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 01, 2014, 10:51:50 PM
What a brilliant garden tour. Thanks for sharing.

I've often fancied growing apricots...yours look fantastic. What variety are they, and how long do they take to start fruiting?
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Post by: Big Gee on August 01, 2014, 11:02:13 PM
I planted it three years ago (third season now). It's FLAVOURCOT check it out here:

http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/products/14712#.U9wMeqPI2wI (http://www.blackmoor.co.uk/products/14712#.U9wMeqPI2wI)

People tend to shy away from apricots thinking they're too exotic for our climate - that of course is a nonsense. They originate in northern Armenia where winter temperatures plummet to -30oC at times. In fact the apricot likes hard winters. BUT it's early flowering and does NOT tolerate spring frosts. In Armenia and similar countries once spring comes you don't get any more frost - so flower buds don't get effected. In this country the traditional problem has been frost damage to young early buds. The Flavourcot variety has been bred to flower a little later, therby providing better protection against spring frost in the UK. Here by the coast we have a pretty mild climate anyway & we don't have frost problems, so apricot growing is a possibility, although I don't know of anyone else in this area that grows them except me. I get lots of wide eyed amazement when passers by ask me what fruit I'm growing!  lol(1)
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Post by: aftermidnight on August 01, 2014, 11:39:27 PM
Gee, they all looks so yummy, My APS's are still very small but they're coming along nicely, I can hardly wait for the first taste :). I might even get some seed off the 4 beans I planted if the weather holds and we have a nice fall.
I envy you your apricots, love them but I won't buy canned apricots or peaches for that matter any more, they all taste like crap. I have to can them myself if I want some good tasting fruit. I've never grown apricots just peaches, had a nice peach tree for about 20 or so years but when it started to go down hill we took it out.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 02, 2014, 11:35:23 PM
Today was interesting. Rushed off my feet with getting some essential paintwork done on the tired old window and door frames so that we can go into Autumn well prepared (yep, Autumn is just round the corner) . Picking blueberries (43lbs to date) and various other crops, but more essentially, I have been coerced into setting up a plant/produce stall to support the local church. Now I'm not a believer in all things religious, but I am a believer in community, giving and sharing so I said OK.

Cut a long story short I piled loads of plants and produce into the van and duly set up. (Wish I had taken a few pic's really, still, can't do everything).

In my produce section were a tray of Victorian Purple Podded Peas, APS, Squashes, Courgettes and jars of home-made Raspberry, Loganberry and Tayberry Jam.

The peas were a great success, Sold NO courgettes or squashes, Jams went down VERY well. But, the APS, now they were another story. Every time anyone came to have a look they turned their noses up at the purple-flushed runners in the box...until, that is....I took a largish one, snapped it  and offered it to them to taste.

You know what it's like when you see that look of skepticism followed by a completely involuntary smile as they crunch into a taste of bean. Almost everyone uttered "Wow". Followed by "I never expected that", or "It's really sweet". But the best one was an old lady who closed her eyes and simply said, "It's ovely, it's just like eating a fresh peapod."

I'd never thought about it like that, but when I reflected on it she was absolutely right, they do, indeed have that fresh sweetness that you get from a freshly picked peapod.

Needless to say, all the APS were gone in next to no time. And that is the reason that I will do what I can to help keep this amazing variety going.

All in all it was a good, if not knackering, day.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 03, 2014, 12:17:09 AM
If we weren't pushing the wrong side of sixty & were greedy little money go getters (which we're definately not)  I'd offer you an executive role as my marketing director Tommo! Then we'd retire to the south of France on our yachts & die as miserable old fat rich men!! ROL :-))

Do you know what my mam said when I proudly took her a bagful of APS beans to try, the first season I managed to get them to a stable level of development? "Ach a fi! Are you sure they're alright to eat? They look as if they've got some sort of disease to me!!!" But that's my mam for you - if a stranger of a tramp she'd never met bumped into her on the road & offered her the same beans she'd gladly take them and praise them to everyone she met. Welsh mothers for you - they are the nearest thing you'll ever find to typical Jewish mothers! Don't get me started on the subject!  spf:-(

Well done you Tommo - in fact KING TOMMY (http://www.hydrocanna.com/images/smilies/You_Rock_Emoticon.gif)

It gives me so much pleasure to know that I've got a secluded spot in Zunny Deb'n where I can get my APSs bred pure by a fellow enthusiast & friend. I'd gladly swap two yachts for you Tommo - you're priceless mate!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 03, 2014, 08:19:15 AM
It's always possible, Gee. I'm not rich and I'm not miserable so one out of three for me!

Talking of "Ach a fi!". At the church 'barbie and charity event' last night there was one typical Mid-Devon resident who looked as though he had finally found his way out of the hills, Resplendant with fresh (and some not so fresh) gravy (perhaps custard) stains decorating the front of in a moth-eaten jumper he was shuffling around the stalls. I'm sure I could detect two tracks on the ground where his knuckles were dragging. He came to mine and eyed up the APS. After some deliberation - I knew he was thinking because I could hear the rust flaking off the cranial cogs - he muttered "....yur, tek a pund 'n I'll clear em off fer yur."

Now I'd got about half a carrier bag full left so I said "make it £2, it is for charity you know. Here, I said," and I took a bean (as I had done with other customers), snapped it and said try it, it tastes just like sweet, pea-pods."

He stepped back with alarming grace for such a chubby chappy, looking as if I had just offered him the chalice of death.

He squinted at me,  "Curn eat them raw, thems poisonous raw."

I showed him how it was done by chewing on a small piece whilst making the 'mmmm' noises. Ruth joined in, " see", she said, "these are a new sort of un-poisonous ones, mmm, delicious."

Full of suspicion and dis-belief he sidled off without comment.

Later he came back and offered me £2 without noticing that they had all gone. He scratched his head with bewilderment as if I had just performed a magic trick. Instead he bought 2 jars of my, now locally famous, Raspberry-Loganberry-and-Tayberry jam.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 03, 2014, 12:47:52 PM
cwl:-] that is such a vivid picture - I can visualise the exact kind of person you describe, even down to the garb. We have our share of them here. They tend to creep out of the mountains either dragging their knuckles or driving an ancient and battered old red Ford Escort ex-postal van, they usually appear for auctions, livestock sales, car boot sales and the odd open air gathering!

Priceless! His 'mam' probably told him as a child that raw runner beans were poisonous - to keep him out of her garden, before he scoffed the lot (actually they are mildly toxic if too many are eaten raw)! My mam - with her left hand wired logic, told us as children that wild berries were poisonous - her logic was if she didn't know what a berry was, then it could be deadly poisonous, so to safeguard us from any accidental poisonings she made a blanket statement that all berries were poisonous, so that we wouldn't eat anything that she didn't see us picking and gave her seal of approval. As a consequence I made a fool of myself in primary school when I noticed (to my absolute horror) that some children were picking and eating hawthorn berries at the bottom of the school yard. In desperation, because nobody heeded my warnings, I rushed in to the headmistress to try and get her to save my mates lives before they all fell dead - frothing at the mouth. She had a fit of giggles and told me that hawthorn berries were fine to eat. I'll never forget the embarassment! That's probably why I set on a life course of learning as much as I could about fruit, veg & berries!

So you can see the source of the "ach a fi" alarm call when I introduced mam to the original Aeron Purple Star specimens - because she'd never seen purple podded runner beans before, so true to form, she immediately swung into action with her usual first defencive  reaction by assuming they were probably diseased and poisonous. At the age of sixty I've long ago given up on the re-educating efforts!
  ss:-(
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Post by: scary crow on August 03, 2014, 09:20:38 PM
A pretty easy lazy day today a walk with the dogs to the plot a bit of weeding in the leeks and then home to get the dinner ready and then just dossed for a while and had a evening walk with the dogs . A perfect sunday ...
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Post by: boleyn on August 04, 2014, 10:50:39 PM
Today I went to my "patch" and....................................................Admired wot I dun yesterday! RedFaced:-(
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Post by: scary crow on August 04, 2014, 11:19:00 PM
Sometimes it,s so hectic when your rushing around like a headless chicken on your plot with a hoe under one arm two handfuls of runners [APS] and french beans and a garden fork over your shoulder while trying to hold a cabbage under your chin to really admire what you have achieved on your plot so you need to go the following day just to admire what you had achieved the previous day  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 04, 2014, 11:31:42 PM
Yep, Scary, you are right. There is nothing quite like a self satisfied smile after a good day's work on the plot. But don't dwell in the land of smug for too long because those weeds will jump up and laugh right back at yer.
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Post by: scary crow on August 04, 2014, 11:47:05 PM
I can hear them laughing as im locking the gate to walk home  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on August 05, 2014, 12:25:08 AM
Those precious little moments are what a mug of tea, with a lottie mate, sitting on a  bench & looking out over their  plots at the end of the day are for!

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 05, 2014, 08:37:03 AM
Absolutely.
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Post by: boleyn on August 06, 2014, 10:43:15 PM
Today I intended to admire what I'd done yesterday...... so I did and I was so impressed that I had to get my spade (OK Gee my shovel!) and fork and rake out of the garage and try to outperform yesterday's efforts. The 2/3rds of my first patch are now done and I will have to cover it with some plastic and start on the third third tomorrow...maybe. After that it's my second patch to demolish with Horsey....dig, rake and cover then start over on the first 2/3rds of my first patch and so on and so forth. till it's all ready to.......? I'll be back with questions later :-Yes
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Post by: Big Gee on August 08, 2014, 10:29:18 AM
Ask away boleyn - that's what we're here for!
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Post by: lottieguy on August 08, 2014, 12:52:33 PM
Hi Ya, Well down the plot and picked runner's, french beans, a greyhound cabbage and some purple carrots. Not the first picking of carrots and when peeled they are orange. Bit dissapointed with that but they still taste so much better than shop bought. I use black pond netting to cover my brassica's but today found a little greenfinch inside dead. Broke my heart it did. I have got some green debris netting so will look at using that next year along with some enviromesh. We have to use netting else the pigeons trash every thing I hadn't seen many cabbage whites this year I thought but today they have mad an appearence judging by the way my sprout plants look. Caterpillars for the world if any one wants some pm your address and I will send some post and packing free.  ;D Did a bit of weeding and after a very slow start this year it's all catching up now. Still I'm a happy chap. The climbing french  beans are looking good, never grown them before, and thye purple runners are rocketing away. Thanks to you all. Happy gardenoing.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 08, 2014, 02:33:24 PM
No thanks lottieguy, we're fully stocked with cabbage white - thanks all the same! They're queued up OUTSIDE the debris net tunnels!!  lol(1)

Interesting history to carrots, the priginal 'wild' carrot was yellow, white and some were purple. We have the Dutch to thank for the orange ones - they bred them that colour to market their carrots (Orange being the national colour of the Netherlands) it soon caught on.

The purple ones you've grown must have been bred back from the orange varieties, but those old orange genes are still there along with the carotine they contain.
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Post by: boleyn on August 08, 2014, 11:01:32 PM
Today I started my third third of my first "patch" and found roots galore, a few round stakes (broken just a few inches below the surface) and some miracle stones, flat of course, that knew the exact position of every prong on my fork and the exact position of the point of my spade! (oops! shovel)
Shoved My Little Pony into destruction mode (that is to say I started up the ole Bolens) and hit the ground...........ambling!  Found more roots and the odd remains of some trees adjacent to the broken round stakes....poor old Horse never had it so tough but she bucked her way through, pointing out the position of the stumps and roots. Out with the Shovel and axe, removed said stakes  and the remains of the stumps with the point of the shovel, traced and pulled the roots back beyond the patch and down with the axe. Now root, stump and stake free fired up the beast and sailed through going deeper and deeper. (Hi Toto in oz! cwl:-]) Finished off raking out the detritus and stones, levelled and raked. Ready to cover and then start on root 66. No2 patch that is. Wonder what I'll find? Haven't had this much exercise in years and I feel good. Didn't realise this old frame had this much left, but then again the buzz of working with Mother Nature again works wonders on the spirit.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 08, 2014, 11:20:10 PM
Don't you just love it when you win the fight with a rough piece of ground?!  ThU432:-)

Just think what you could achieve with a drop of kombucha inside you!!!!

A grubbing mattock wouldn't go amiss on those roots & stake stumps!

(http://www.get-digging.co.uk/pickazada.jpg)

Or as Mr Drummond calls it a "Pick Azada" on his  GET DIGGING (http://www.get-digging.co.uk/tools.htm) web-site!
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Post by: boleyn on August 08, 2014, 11:44:20 PM

"Or as Mr Drummond calls it a "Pick Azada" on his GET DIGGING web-site! YRTB"
Maybe I'll visit his site and get one .......for SWMBO. Might help her dig her drainage channels. Better than using a RAKE. (which she does!) what:-{
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Post by: Big Gee on August 09, 2014, 12:09:25 AM
Seems to be a trait up there in Ysbyty Ystwyth - using the wrong tools for the job!!!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 09, 2014, 07:01:08 AM
I hope you managed a couple rescucitative  beers after all that effort, Boleyn. You are right there is nothing quite like that tired 'glow' that you get from a good day's graft on the plot. Sounds like you and you plot are developing a good relationship.

What are you going to with all those stones? Might I suggest that if you like asparagus (who doesn't like asparagus?) you can prepare the bed, which will be going in 10 years time or more, by deep digging out your asparagus space, lining the bottom with the stones and back filling with the usual compost and slightly gravelly soil as asparagus like a well drained site.

And, yes, have a look on the Kombucha and Kefir pages on this site, I you haven't heard of them already you will be amazed.
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Post by: boleyn on August 09, 2014, 08:39:21 PM
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Seems to be a trait up there in Ysbyty Ystwyth - using the wrong tools for the job!!!  CW ;-)
And on that basis I went and bought myself a.......spade....not a shovel but a real spade! Headed home with the intention of starting to tidy the edges of patch1. Got home, started to clear away all the roots and stumps, gathered all the stones (enough to re-gravel my drive) into one nice heap, raked patch1 to remove remaining detritus, smiled and went indoors for a cuppa and a sandwich, and to contemplate employing my nice new spade. Within 5 minutes, having brewed said tea and made cheese and pickle sandwich, the heavens opened........and its been showering and thundering on and off until @ 7.30pm. Just time enough to chop the roots and stack them for incinerator and bag up stones. Edges will just have to wait now and my spade will last another day.
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Post by: scary crow on August 09, 2014, 08:42:10 PM
Had walkies with the dogs then a visit to the plot to get some veggies for teatime and for sunday dinner as sundays looking like a day of unsettled weather so dont think we will be visiting the plot tomorrow ... Picked yet more APS and french beans rainbow chard cauliflower spuds and cucumbers had loads left over so gave them to a young couple who have just taken over a plot recently and are still in the progress of clearing it they were overjoyed with the veg then we headed home for a bit of lunch ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 09, 2014, 08:58:51 PM
 clap:-) Now that was a nice gesture giving that young couple some veg that will kick start them into action to try and replicate your vegies especialy if they are very good which I am sure they will be. Well done  clap:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 09, 2014, 09:04:19 PM
 spf:-( Nothing done today on plot as we had a meeting this morning at 10-30 to discuss the finances etc when the 2 sites split up 2 outside guys were there to act as mediators 3 1/2 hours it lasted. Be glad when it is all settled.  ss:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 09, 2014, 11:22:59 PM
Well I managed to sort out the freezer shed and lay some traps for a new rattus rattus resident, clear some more weeds although that is slowing down a bit now. Broke the onion roots so they can begin to die back before being lifted completely and  picked another 12lbs of blueberries, making a staggering 56lbs so far in the last 3 1/2 weeks, and still loads to come.

Then  my old mate of the last 56 years (we met when we were only 6) and his wife dropped in on their way back to the Midlands from a holiday in Cornwall for the rest of the day so that was then end of work for me.
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Post by: scary crow on August 13, 2014, 10:49:10 PM
Managed to get to the plot today and get some weeding done and have a look to see how things are doing ..  While we were there we picked some lettuce pulled some spring onions and beetroot and a cucumber and headed home for a salad ...Did all the runners and french yesterday filled a washing up bowl with beans ...
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Post by: Big Gee on August 13, 2014, 11:54:30 PM
I had an evening of carpentry with my mate Stephen. He's just finished building a big slope lidded box to keep tools in (it's the size of a small shed on it's side!). We cleared an area for it, laid down some plastic sheeting and wood chips. We installed some shelves in it tonight and finished painting it with preservative (waste oil mixed with a bit of petrol) - before you all have a fit, there won't be anything edible going near it just tools & bits 'n bobs.

Before that I picked about ten pound of plums, the last of the apricots, a few apples that were ready and half a dozen figs. The grapes won't be long.

I noticed that the spring onions have suddenly accelerated after the rain and it looks like another glut is on the cards. Oh yes and a trugful of Charlotte - they're still good - despite the haulm crew-cut they suffered after the blight!

Got home in the dark!  HTT:-}
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Post by: scary crow on August 20, 2014, 10:56:52 PM
Just the normal routine today take waste from kitchen to compost on the plot ...Then a pick of some lovely aps nice and young about 6/7 inches long got so many need to pick them younger to keep up with them also another few handfuls of french beans picked a few raspberries for the scooby brew and a cucumber and took a few ripening tomatoes home ...Everything doing really well on the plot cabbages beet and caulies and sweetcorn all looking good im well pleased with this years produce ...
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Post by: Big Gee on August 21, 2014, 12:03:16 AM
Stephen & I are still working on the area to keep our bits 'n pieces. We've had to expand the unused area around my compost bins (which is about 25metres away from my plot)  so that we can both make a bit of room on our plots. I earmarked an area for a shed 4 years ago & then started using it as a store area. So now we've decided to make a proper place to store stuff & we're clearing the foundation for the shed - AT LAST!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 21, 2014, 08:38:53 AM
Good work there, Gee, I managed to re-stake I the fallen apple trees and ones where the stakes had snapped causing the trees to lean alarmingly far over.  I'm getting too old for all this post-hammer wielding. Got the new raspberry supports in place and tied in the new canes, picked another 11lbs of blueberries (that' same very labour intensive job).

Then it was off up the scaffolding on the gable end of the house to paint the fascia and gable wall before the autumn sets in.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 21, 2014, 11:13:39 AM
Post knocking is a young man's job with one of these:

(http://www.gwrltd.co.uk/images/post_knocker.jpg)

We've been doing the same as you to make a pallette fence with 4" split posts - it really is a killer, by the time you get to sawing the tops off the posts to make them even your arms have turned to jelly! Carrying the damned thing around is enough before you start wielding it!  lol(1)

Stephen draws the short straw there most of the time, being an inch taller and 3 years younger than me and with a healthier heart!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 21, 2014, 10:14:10 PM
(http://www.gwrltd.co.uk/images/post_knocker.jpg)

Yes, that's the blighter I've been heaving round the holding. Managed to get 8 posts into the ground yesterday and 2 today.

What else have I done today?

Sawn and split about a ton and a half of oak, ash, sycamore and blackthorn logs (God bless the chap who invented the hydraulic log splitter!), made the new wood bunker and stacked the logs in it.

Took of 6 frames of honey from the 'good' hive and extracted that beautiful liquid gold into 17 x 350gm jars. Big G&T moment tonight as that was the first honey produced here on our own little farm.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 21, 2014, 10:20:42 PM
Monsters aren't they? But you can't beat them for the job - as long as you have the strength & stamina!  lol(1)

Congratulations on your 'liquid gold' moment! Gorgeous innit? (As they say in Brum) CW ;-)
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Post by: scary crow on August 21, 2014, 10:36:03 PM
It,s amazing how much you manage to fit into one day tommy that was a well earned G&T ..And congrats on the first honey produced well done  clap:-) ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 21, 2014, 10:46:29 PM
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Good work there, Gee, I managed to re-stake I the fallen apple trees and ones where the stakes had snapped causing the trees to lean alarmingly far over.  I'm getting too old for all this post-hammer wielding. Got the new raspberry supports in place and tied in the new canes, picked another 11lbs of blueberries (that' same very labour intensive job).
Wish I could pick that amount of blueberries I told you before I had 3 bushes about 5-6 years old now but the bushes are not that big. How big do you reckon they should be now and how much should I get off them, you seem to be getting about 4 times the amount I get.
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 21, 2014, 10:59:07 PM
 ThU432:-) I have finally finished levelling the ground and de-weeding it the docks were like mini trees had one over 2ft long the root on it.
We are going to have a coffee morning on the 6th Sept and be putting a small gazebo up.
Here is a photo nearly finished waiting for more bark to be delivered.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 21, 2014, 11:06:32 PM
Looking good Dave  ThU5:-)

Do you buy your bark or do you know a local tree surgeon? I get mine from a local tree surgeon - as and when they are in the area. Otherwise it's a case of having to part with a few spondulicks!
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Post by: scary crow on August 21, 2014, 11:12:07 PM
Have to agree there good job you have done there Dave .... ThU5:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 21, 2014, 11:17:58 PM
 ThU:-) Yes G we got a local tree surgeon only to glad of having somewhere to dump the excesses of his labours trouble is most of the local allotments are after his bark to what he does he usually drops it on the site nearest to where he happens to be working ( Big place Birmingham with a lot of sites)  :-)snigger

Thanks Scary am aching in places I did not know I had   :-)snigger
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 22, 2014, 07:27:05 AM
Looks great, Dave, what are your plans for a space like that? Wish  was up for a coffee morning with you too.
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Post by: Westheathdave on August 22, 2014, 09:12:37 PM
Tommy we are thinking of having a permanent place to hold events and possible open days in the future. One of the ladies holds regular Macmillan coffee mornings could hold them there as near to the loos and water. We have got some spare slabs so may slab the area to.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 22, 2014, 09:39:30 PM
Ahhhh, an alfresco function room, great idea.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 22, 2014, 09:53:47 PM
Well this morning was spent with my octagenarian bee buddy, Pamela. We did her hives first and mine last - applying a second dose of Hive Clean to kill of some remaining Varoa mites. Actually even though varoa have been a nuisance for many this year, we don't seem to have been afflicted very much at all. It's beginning to look as though these darker bees do have their act together with them. All foraging has slowed right down as there is not a lot of nectar going on out there so syrup feeders have been installed to keep the bees topped up with their winter frames on the ready.

This afternoon Simon, the editor of 'Country Smallholding', came round  to take a bunch of photo's for the article I am writing for them. He read the first half and OK'd it so far in as much that he has asked me to write a third page and has increased the fee for me by 50%. Nice surprise, that, I wasn't expecting it at all. If all things go well he may publish our story in the December edition. Start saving folks, I can't afford to send you all a copy. CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on August 22, 2014, 09:58:45 PM
I'll order mine now Tommo!  Grin2:-)
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Post by: scary crow on August 22, 2014, 10:40:20 PM
Well done Tommy he must have liked what he read to want you to add to the writing well done you deserve the money and it will come in very handy when your trying to be self sufficent ....

Well me I never did a lot today got up this morning and had to go to the chemist to collect my pills jumped in car never got far as the oil light came up on the dash and on inspection discovered i had a oil leak from the sump so limped it home so never got to the plot as it,s a bit too much of a walk there and back at the moment as the old spine is playing up a bit ...So no plot for the next couple of days so giant courgettes when i do finally get there there enough to damage anyones spine ...
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Post by: Big Gee on August 22, 2014, 10:52:43 PM
Not a good day then Scary  ss:-(

Have you bumped your sump somewhere & holed it or is it a leak from the sump seal? Either way it's a dmned nuisance.

Hope your back is better soon mate - don't worry about your courgettes - I'll send you some marrow recipes!!  HTT:-}
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Post by: scary crow on August 22, 2014, 11:04:34 PM
Yer not a good day Gee but cant complain car done over 100,000 and only ever had one fault with it ...Sump got a tiny hole in it caused by corrosion read today it,s a common fault so ordered new sump just got to wait for it to arrive and get fitted was going to a game fair on sunday planned it months ago had to cancel that now ...   As they say shit happens ...
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 23, 2014, 07:15:17 AM
Crap news that, Scary, sorry to hear about it. Double whammy with having to miss out on the Game Fair..is it far from you and is there any way you could get on a train or something?

Talk about giant courgettes....I'll post a couple of pic's up later...I'm going to need a machette to chop these up, not a knife...how is it you check every day or two but still miss them?????
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Post by: Big Gee on August 23, 2014, 12:17:39 PM
THAT is one of the mysteries of gardening Tommo! How many times have you also picked down a row of peas or beans, thinking you've got them all, and then a second walk around uncovers another load of 'readies'? I sometimes wonder if courgettes have the power of invisibility!

Hope you're better today Scary. Sod's law that this happened to you when it did - being a Bank Holiday weekend & all  spf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 23, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
Not just courgettes...have you noticed how the side shoots of tomatoes do the same thing? You can take a magnifying glass and take every last one of them off only to find in three days time some huge vine big enough for Tarzan to swing from...not just one but 3 or 4!  what:-{
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Post by: Big Gee on August 23, 2014, 02:40:44 PM
Oh yes! Tomato side shoots are another expert 'sneaky' grower. In fact I've often scolded myself for missing them - only to realise that it's IMPOSSIBLE to have a side shoot free row of toms for more than a day or so - they just materialize out of nowhere when your back is turned. And yes, as you say some seem to have supergrowth that makes you scratch your head and wonder if you've been blind or in a coma for a month! At the heighth of their growth some of those side shoots could not only hold Tarzan, but all of Cheetah's family as well!

Talking of which, did you know that Cheetah only died in 2011 - he was 80 years old! He must have swung on a good few tomato side shoots in his day!!  lol(1)

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Cheetah the chimpanzee, in a scene from the 1932 movie Tarzan the Ape Man

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Post by: scary crow on August 23, 2014, 07:55:13 PM
Well some good news got sump ordered yesterday at 3,30 pm at cockermouth no i never made that up think it,s somewhere near north yorkshire it arrived this morning at canvey island on the south coast just before midday and then my mate  [tripod ] jumped into his van drove to me and fitted it all done by 5pm and up and running again .. ThU32:-) ..     Think corejets and tommy side shoots only start growing very rapidly when you close the gate to go home for the evening    lol(1)  ..
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Post by: Big Gee on August 23, 2014, 10:42:57 PM
Good news Scary  ThU432:-)

Will you make the game fair? Nice how things turn out sometimes - it doesn't happen often (not to me anyway).
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 24, 2014, 07:20:08 AM
Yeah, Good luck with the game fair, Scary.
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Post by: scary crow on August 24, 2014, 08:45:57 PM
Thanks Lads yes we made it to the game fair today good weather and we had a great day but think my back and legs will need a week off to recover but it was worth it ....
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Post by: Big Gee on August 24, 2014, 08:50:21 PM
Good - I'm glad you enjoyed scary! Have you still got a full sump of oil?  lol(1)

A day like that is knackering isn't it? Rest up for a few days mate. The weather is going to be rubbish anyway from tonight on.

Did you manage to take a few photos?
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Post by: scary crow on August 24, 2014, 08:59:56 PM
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Good - I'm glad you enjoyed scary! Have you still got a full sump of oil?  lol(1)

A day like that is knackering isn't it? Rest up for a few days mate. The weather is going to be rubbish anyway from tonight on.

Did you manage to take a few photos?


Yes car was perfect new sump oil and filter fitted .. ThU32:-)
Yes it,s a killer as i,ve had a sore leg for over a week now and have been coating it in cream to get it ready for the outing today .
will est it now and as you say weather not going to be good rain predicted here ..
Took camera but only took a couple of pictures of a very old grass cutter ..
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Post by: boleyn on August 24, 2014, 11:21:29 PM
Been a busy boy over the last week. Finished painting the garage so started on the 10ft high laurel hedge that seems to go on for ever. It is about 4ft deep front to back and so up with the scaffold and planks (plus blocks to compensate for a meandering lawn). Long handled pruners, long reach rope operated pruners, clippers and saw all to hand and away we go. Oops! 2/3rds done and what do I do? Yep. Reached the end of the planks, using the long reach rope operated pruners to cut the back and as I strained to pull the rope no more planks behind me ! Bang! Bruised ribs and a grazed elbow not to mention the Meerecat "look around to make sure no-one saw me". Anyway dust down and re=arrange the scaffold and boards and continue with the said enterprise. Down to about 7ft as directed by SWMBO. All done. No they could do with being a bit lower!
Today I cut to the ground the Laurels alongside the garage and then up with the scaffold and planks to start cutting another foot or so off the hedge I thought I had finished. Rain stopped play around 7.45pm. Not much left to do. Yeah right!!!!!!!! HB:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on August 25, 2014, 12:11:50 AM
Ouch! If that had been me I would have been as stiff as one of those planks the next day! Are you made of rubber or something?

I like the meercat analogy - we all do it don't we?  ROL :-))
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on August 27, 2014, 07:52:16 AM
Well I'm off to Notttingham today to help some friends move all their University stuff back down to Devon. Not looking forward to it really as it's going to be a long day - 450 miles round trip. Hoping to be back in time for the 'Grand Chat' but we'll see.

So, no lottie today, just as well because it's still raining.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 27, 2014, 11:04:32 AM
Rather you than me Tommo! The trip alone is enough to tire you out. All the best with it  usf:-(

Surprised it's still raining down there, we seem to be getting the best of the weather this week. Lovely morning here with a strong warm breeze and nice sunshine.
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Post by: boleyn on August 29, 2014, 10:27:16 PM
Nothing doing today on my patch, but then again I started my new job today. Thought I had to be there for 9.30 but at 8.40 the phone rings just as I'm brushing my gnashers....."..where are you? You are meant to be here at 8.30......." Oh what a bright start! Is I getting old and confused? Never mind I saved the day by getting a higher score than the rest in four tests. clap:-)  YRTB So am I!
So I'm really chuffed and the late start mis-hap didn't cause too much bother so ever onwards and upwards. Cor what a relief to be back at work under the command of someone governed by employment legislation rather than being under the command of Mein Fuhrer  ROL :-)) Looking forward to getting back into a routine and being able to organise working on the planned patches (weather permitting). Just one or two garden jobs to finish and then I can concentrate on cultivation...unimpeded if possible.
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Post by: Big Gee on August 29, 2014, 10:40:48 PM
Woo-hoo!

I'm SO pleased for you boleyn. Well done you. A bit of a bummer something like that happening on your first day - but you seem to have sorted it. Phew!  CW ;-)
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Post by: scary crow on August 30, 2014, 10:54:25 PM
Well done boleyn  clap:-)  ...   Allworked out well even though you got your timing wrong ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 02, 2014, 03:24:56 PM
 Grin2:-)  Well I must say I am really pleased with my tomatoes this year only the second time I have ever grew them in my new greenhouse that I bought 12months ago.

here is a photo.
Bye the way they taste as good as they look  CW ;-)
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Post by: Big Gee on September 02, 2014, 03:46:36 PM
They look lovely Dave no splits or defects.  ThU5:-)
What variety are they?

They look much better than last year's - no blossom end rot this year then?

Amazing the difference when we get the watering regime right. Mind you, it's been a good season this year, lots of things that do OK in most years were a delight this year.

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Post by: Westheathdave on September 02, 2014, 06:47:35 PM
 doh:-{ I cannot remember, as what happened I sowed seeds but they were no good, and I saw some in a local shop and bought 3 plants for a £1 cannot remember what they were.  doh:-{
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Post by: Big Gee on September 02, 2014, 09:14:44 PM
Aw Dave! You've just let the side down - no gardener worth his salt can't remember the variety he planted. It's what separates the novices from the expert growers!!  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on September 02, 2014, 09:29:05 PM
WHAT DID I DO TODAY IN MY GARDEN / ALLOTMENT?

Sod all is the truthful answer. I was going to go down this evening, but I'm still feeling shi**y. So Stephen called to see how I was & we spent a couple of hours drinking tea & chatting on my garden bench at home - which is probably what we would have done down on the plot! Just a change of scenary and no work done  ss:-(

Another early night tonight to see if I can shake it off - seems I've got a bit of a chest infection as well - fed up of being told "you've probably caught a chill down that allotment after sweating and sitting around to get cold" (guess who that was) "you should be sensible like Stephen & put a fleece or jumper on - the nights are getting cold" that's right my beloved. Same old sermon as I heard many times off my mother - only off her it was "you should dress warm after playing rugby and then showering, you'll catch pneumonia one of these days". It's like a blast from the past!
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Post by: scary crow on September 02, 2014, 10:02:02 PM
Same here did nowt on the plot today had a few hours there yesterday picked some veg did some weeding and Mrs scarecrow cut the path and the grass outside our plot ...
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 03, 2014, 07:31:11 AM
Quite excited today as I will spend the day with my packed lunch to begin the Polytunnel dismantling. Luckily it is only 1/2 mile away so if I need the loo it's quite close. There are two polytunnels and I managed to get the other one for my friend so we should be working together.
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 03, 2014, 10:33:35 PM
 what:-o Blimey Tommy you never stop was still fast asleep at that time this morning I not done a thing on plot, shopping day and eating out day with Dad no cooking today.  clap:-)
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Post by: scary crow on September 03, 2014, 11:07:55 PM
Picked a washing up bowl of french and aps beans some more tomatoes some spinach and a butternut squash and bagged up some onions that we had drying on some racking ..
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Post by: Big Gee on September 03, 2014, 11:39:16 PM
I finally got down to my lottie this afternoon after my few 'crook' days. Still not 100%, but thought I'd sweat it out of my system - I sweated alright - non stop for six hours, even when sitting down drinking tea! In fact I feel as weak as a kitten tonight, so sweating out the baddie wasn't such a great idea after all!

Got loads of hoeing done, and brought home 2 caulis, half a dozen apples, some beetroot (that's been fantastic this year), corn cobs, spring onions, some APS beans, a fig (that's the very last one) and a bunch of grapes. The bloody grapes must have fallen out of my trug in the twilight (Stephen's fault for keeping me yaking till dark) because when I got home - all excited to show HI the grapes - they weren't there!  spf:-(

They are the sweetest grapes I've ever tasted - Black Hamburg - from a vine that was originally a cutting from 'the great vine' at Hampton Court. I'm going to HAVE to go down again first thing, because those grapes are too precious to lose.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 04, 2014, 08:07:14 AM
Those grapes sound delcious, Gee. You'll have to do me a cutting or two. Do you know if they are good for wine as well as eating?

Well we (Steve and I) managed to dismantle two complete polytunnels yesterday, including the anchor posts, and today we are going to collect them and bring them home this morning. There were one or two bonuses there too: A whole load of enviro-mesh (used but apart from a few rat holes still in excelent nick), a large set of dexion shelves, almost a full roll of fleece, a knapsack sprayer, some good lengths of 105gm weed suppressant and a few other bits. A good but somewhat knackering day all round. The kombucha had a lot of work to do when I got back home.

Was it my imagination or was it very humid yesterday?
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Post by: Big Gee on September 04, 2014, 10:01:17 AM
They are delicious Tommo, exceptionally sweet. Strictly speaking they are dessert grapes as opposed to a wine making variety, but having said that I don't see why they couldn't be used for the odd bottle of 'dessert wine'. I'm not an expert in the department but I think the main difference is the juice content & sweetness. Dessert wines are made from sweeter grapes that are left on the vine for longer to sweeten - often to the point of shrivelling. The Black Hamburg is really sweet. Here's a photo of my first bunch picked last night (yes I found them this morning - they'd fallen out of the trug and were on the floor of the car boot):

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I only have one vine and it's still young - this is the first year that it's produced. You're welcome to a few cuttings. Pity I didn't know earlier because it was given a summer pruning a few months back and I had loads of cuttings you could have had. As it was armfuls landed up in the compost heap.

It sounds as if you've landed on your feet with the polytunnel Tommo! The accessories you discovered are almost worth the effort on their own. I guess you'll have to re-cover it. Have you got the polythene yet? If not I have a good cheap supplier I can put you in touch with.
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 04, 2014, 05:35:25 PM
 ROL :-))  ROL :-))  ROL :-)) Heard of someone losing there marbles but not their grapes  lol(1)  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 04, 2014, 10:41:55 PM
Well the polytunnel is now sitting in the garden all in bits waiting for me to get organised and plan the layout and final position. I'm not in a hurry, though, because I have a lot of clearing to do before I start any of that. We'll talk more of coverings when we meet up, Gee. In the meantime I have to work out some more time to go and start dismantling the 10x8 greenhouse that is part of the package. I could do with two pairs of hands right now as I'm beginning to feel a bit snowed under with projects...better start brewing some more Kombucha to stoke up the energy levels!

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 09, 2014, 08:43:29 PM
Well the 24 table birds are safely loaded up in their crates for tomorrow's visit to the abattoir. I didn't tell them.

The rest of today was spent up a decorating tower on the front of the house trying to get the last coats of paint on teh windows and walls before the good weather gives in and Autumn proper visits us. On window to go then I can rest.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 10, 2014, 12:09:19 AM
Fat hens eh? Do you know why the weed of the same name got it's name?

Because it was used to fatten poultry; it goes by many other names too, notably lamb’s quarters in the US and pigweed in Canada, as it was used for pig and sheep’s food.

So you know what to grow in future for those table birds Tommo!

Now you be careful not to break any legs by trying to outpace this weather. It would be a tragedy to hear you'd fallen off your perch with paint pot in hand a fortnight before your 'hols'!

Everyone seems to be drinking the last drop of summer sunshine before it turns into autumn proper. I've been tidying up on the plot and spreading some wood chips along my paths - maybe I should be lifting my maincrop spuds or roping the onions. I'll probably be sorry when the rain finally arrives!
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Post by: scary crow on September 10, 2014, 08:16:28 PM
Just a quick pick of beans ,cucumber ,carrots ,beetroot ,butternut squash ,and tomatoes for my sister as she came to visit today and wanted to make sure she went home with some veggies ...
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Post by: Big Gee on September 10, 2014, 09:52:26 PM
Well I've been doing some shovel & fork graft for a couple of days. A local tree surgeon company drops in a load of wood chips for me occasionally. I hadn't seen him for about nine months, then on the weekend I got a phone call from Paul (Lampeter Tree Services) asking what the combination padlock No is on the gate. I told him and imagine my surprise to find not one Mogg load of chips but THREE! There's a huge MOUNTAIN of it. I know I'd told him to drop some off when he's in the area - it's a big help to him because it means he has to find somewhere to dump it. He also said he's got more next weekend. I'm loath to do it, but I'll have to tell him it's too much. Anyway wood chip paths is the order of the day at the moment.

THEN the French guy (Gerard) who cuts grass locally decided to follow suite & dumped about twenty bags of grass clippings for my compost heap! It never rains but pours! So I had to lug that around tonight as well. Ever get the feeling sometimes that you can get a bit sick if you have too much of what you like? But I daren't complain.

We've got No.1 son calling in to see us over the weekend, so like you scary I'm going to have to get a veggie 'goodies' bag sorted for him as well.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 11, 2014, 07:32:06 AM
Sounds like you and me, both, have been stretching ourselves to the limit.

I know what you mean about sometimes having too much of a good thing. I love raising our own chickens for the table, especially as they are grazing on lush Devonshire grass and tucking into organic pellets too but by the time I've jointed, vac-packed and frozen a dozen of these little beautie,s and it's 8:30pm and I haven't had my tea yet, and my back aches from standing over a chopping 'bored' (literally), I hope that I don't see any more sometime soon.

We managed 23 out of the 24. 1 condemned by the vet. Probably 'water belly' again. This is an affliction suffered by these fast growing hybrids hearts, "ascetis", also called water belly, and had to be thrown out.  It's not a disease, but is heart failure and hypertension, their liver stops functioning properly and goes bad, and their belly fills up with fluid leaking from the liver, which they can eventually die from after a while. It's become very common for to see ascetis in "older" laying hens recently due to years of breeding them for high egg production, and that their bodies just get worn out sooner from that.

I am trying to find a meat bird that I can bring on slower and with then next lot I tink I will ration out the feed so that it forces them to scratch out a lot more and grow slower so that their hearts can keep pace with the growth rate.

I'm going to copy and paste this last bit and post it on the Chicken board for general interest.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 11, 2014, 09:56:10 AM
Exactly Tommo. In Wales we have an old saying "gormod o bwdin a daga dy gi" which translated means "too much pudding will choke your dog!"

It sounds as if both our dogs are choking at the moment! TOO much of a good thing can be as troublesome as too little.

I think you are the victim of 'over breeding' where the breeders of chickens have pushed the boat out a little bit too far. We see it at a basic level when ironically (as we've brought dogs into the picture) German Shepherds have weak hind quarters because of the way breeders like to see the way the breed 'stands', poor bulldogs struggle in the heat because they can't breathe because breeders want to see them with a bulldog's face with an exaggerated flat nose. It's a madness really. The moral of the story is "DON'T MEDDLE WITH NATURE".
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Post by: spuds on September 11, 2014, 03:43:36 PM
well over last couple of days mornings only can't finish to quick or  her indoors will find me more work
I have dug out all my strawberry plants and moved some of them to a new spot
they had been in the same spot for about 3/4 years so it was time for a move  ground was very
compacted and took some digging over, but its done now
next job is to sort out the fruit cage ,have pruned the blackcurrants already  but there is a lot of weed to get out

like you we have wood chipping down for our paths going to dig them out and replace with new chips always loads at the allotment
same as you the tree boys are glad to have somewhere to dump them
the old wood chips have rotted down nice now so will just spread them on the plot I think of the path as a long thin compost heap  ThU32:-)   
did see somewhere  a guy that sieved his wood chips after rotting down and used it for his seed compost never done it myself  but he swore by it
as the best   
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 11, 2014, 11:01:23 PM
Yes you are right, Gee, sometimes we do go a bit too far with our gene controlls, but, as they say: you can't unmake an omelet. I think the answer will probably be to slow down with the feeding regimes and allow the birds to deveop more slowly. It isn't just the fact that they put weight on, per se, but how they put it on. This Ross-Cobb cross actually is a real 'brick' shaped bird that develops a deep and broad breast and excellent thigh and drumstick. If I can make that happen more slowly then there shouldn't be too much stress placed on the hearts through ad-lib feeding and I should end up with a better textured bird (through wider free ranging and living longer).

I will probably have my next batch early next summer.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 12, 2014, 07:43:22 AM
Well, yesterday I picked a surprisingly large basket of hazels, cobs and filberts from my developing nut patch.

For those interested in free foraging, now is about right to gather any hazelnuts the squirrels don't get. Go get them.

Here's a bit of nut trivia for you, too: filbert nuts are named after St. Philibert whose 'feast' day is the 20th August, when these nuts are said to be ripe enough to pick. Well the seasons must have changed a bit from then because mine are lovely and ready now.

Also yesterday I managed to move the scaffold tower and get the first coat on the last of the South facing window frames.
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Post by: Lottylady on September 12, 2014, 04:38:21 PM
Picked french violette beans.....courgettes ...planted up nero...and an artichoke....it is dry as a bone.....


My dog Buffy is part JR...Corgi...Staffy....her son bit more stuffy......have to have them on long leads as the fox sometimes struts past. Mayhem.
Title: Lucky Me (Part2)
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 13, 2014, 08:27:40 AM
When I was dismantling the polytunnel that I had bought of the local chap, I pointed to a huge pile of 'enviromesh' that had been bundled up outside the polytunel and had begun to diasappear into the overgrowth. "Is that up for grabs?" I ask. "Yep, just take it away", says he.

This is a picture of SOME of it. Yes the rats had made an appearance here and there but H.I. soon got busy with her needle and twine and patched them up. There is a massive amount and I am thrilled with my lot. I am, indeed A Lucky Me!

(https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/JPqgm_ELUGtm8IObHtlpBIlBszs3OyVSu9BP77ZcET-iLf7S_k4nO9t2Nvr3ETHs5WcVc5urLBeTj_U5N6ohMaeFhJknPWXvJBPk3NWGo-pb3BU=s0-d-e1-ft#https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3917/15219731955_16bf7e4146.jpg)

Hey, Spuds, If you need some for your carrots or brassicas just give me a shout.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 13, 2014, 09:24:38 AM
YES PLEASE  YRTB
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 13, 2014, 09:54:19 AM
Time you popped over for a cuppa, then, mate. Not here between 22nd Sept and 25th Sept, other than that any time will suit us, I'll bake some fresh scones.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 13, 2014, 09:58:45 AM

Hi Tommo !!
if you missed beech grove this week here it is good bit about comfrey and tomato's



http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04hbz2m/beechgrove-garden-2014-episode-20
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 13, 2014, 10:57:16 AM
You've landed yourself a few Bob's worth of kit there Tommo!  ThU432:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 13, 2014, 05:48:21 PM
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Time you popped over for a cuppa, then, mate. Not here between 22nd Sept and 25th Sept, other than that any time will suit us, I'll bake some fresh scones.
sounds like a plan to me will ask her indoors if I am allowed out  ROL :-))
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 14, 2014, 11:18:05 PM
Well I managed to lift all my red maincrops and get them into storage in well ventilated trays, in the dark to stop any green developing.

Cut all the lawns after having to weld up a broken bracket on the Stiga.

Split a load of logs on the hydraulic log splitter.

Picked all the Carminat deep purple climbing French beans plus some District Nurse for seed and got them into the dryer. First of the drying seed for next yer. I'll add them to the seed swap page later on. Shelled out dried Victorian Purple Podded Peas, also to be added to the 'Seed Bank'

Got some more of the house painted

Went to the pub and had a couple of well earned pints
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 15, 2014, 12:19:56 AM
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Well I managed to lift all my red maincrops and get them into storage in well ventilated trays, in the dark to stop any green developing.

Cut all the lawns after having to weld up a broken bracket on the Stiga.

Split a load of logs on the hydraulic log splitter.

Picked all the Carminat deep purple climbing French beans plus some District Nurse for seed and got them into the dryer. First of the drying seed for next yer. I'll add them to the seed swap page later on. Shelled out dried Victorian Purple Podded Peas, also to be added to the 'Seed Bank'

Got some more of the house painted

Went to the pub and had a couple of well earned pints

Jeez - makes my day feel like a stroll in the park! Although in my own defence I WAS strolling around this morning till lunch time at the bootie. Got a lovely mattock for £8.00. Good job I did No.1 son wants to borrow my mattock, and that means goodness knows when I'll see it again - seeing as he lives over 40 miles away, so having two will help!

I also covered 50m of paths with wood chips this evening (that's the job completed), so it wasn't really a stroll in the park!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 15, 2014, 10:14:04 PM
Well all I can say is WOW

What an amazing bean this Cherokee Trail of Tears, white seeded is. We had our first meal with them tonight. I can honestly say that it's like Aaron Purple Star meets Climbing French Bean. Tender, succulent, lovely light flavour, reminiscent of kidney beans, of all things. Now this is one I will definitely grow again. I should also have enough seed saved to go round as well. I will be freezing some, too, to see how they fare.

Since I joined this forum back in December 2013, things on the bean front have been a revelaton.

So what else did I get up to today...Well first thing I had to do was take two ram lambs off to the abattoir, didn't get back until 11:30. So then it was on to lifting the white maincrops and into storage...cup of tea and recuperation. Then I had to deliver three ewes to mates farm....back home, jet was the trailer out (sheep are filthy creatures) and then up the ladder to complete the re-painting of the front of the house. At last, that bit is now complete. Topped up the pig's feeder before tea.

Relaxed with a lovely tea that included the Ch. T of T beans, a DVD and a G&T. Bed time now...knackered, with a capital 'F' again.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 16, 2014, 09:40:07 AM
ROL :-))

Bet you slept well last night! You tire me out just reading about your work exploits!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 16, 2014, 05:03:47 PM
well Im in shock.......just had email off chairwoman.......council bod has just announced that 42 trees to be removed from Priory...!!!! yes 42!!! .....the shady bit by the brook...Im confused the tree hold the brooks bank together....or will they just cut them down leave stumps?

then I feel sorry for the birds...squirrels.....where will they go?


they are going to start 3 rd week of november so hope my shed and greenhouse will be ok. It will be a big upheaval.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 16, 2014, 05:13:05 PM
Surely they can't be full sized trees Lottylady? I mean 42 full sized trees is a FOREST! You usually need permission on a grand scale to engage in a contract like that - unless they are diseased and/ or a safety hazard to the public.

Who's trees are they?
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 16, 2014, 05:54:47 PM
The wiping out of complete ecosystems seems to be the preserve of idiots in power. You try and remove a tree in your garden and they throw the book at you, slap a preservation order on the tree and threaten you with a fine.

Isn't there anyone you could ask why, to?

In the event that it will go ahead, buy a wood burner and stock up with fuel for the next five years. usf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 16, 2014, 06:12:41 PM
Orders are from the top.......there have been inspections...debates...and thats the number.......they are sort of in single file...lining and following the brook. Some are huge. Some are sycamore....bramble....untouched......home to many....


it is selfish thoughts at first...me + dogs sit by the brook...feed the fish...ducks...birds.....even the squirrel creeps up......occasionally I spot the kingfisher.


It is a green corridor in SW London.....its shady and cool in the summer.......and in the winter shelters me.....a feeling of impending devastation.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 16, 2014, 08:17:05 PM
Awkward, poor you. Any change on that scale is hard to deal with. I feel for you.

Just let the dust settle and see what new growth the spring brings in. All may not be lost. Nature is a wonderful thing and you may still see the kingfisher visiting again. ss:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 16, 2014, 11:33:47 PM
There MUST be a valid reason other than some twit in a suit making sweeping decisions in ignorance.

What reason has been given? Surely a decimation of vegetation on that scale, not to mention the impact on wildlife would surely trigger uproar if there was no valid reason like disease or something similar.

On the brighter side - as Tommo points out -, nature has a wonderful healing process & you may find that the spring may bring a few surprises - let's hope anyway.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 17, 2014, 07:41:18 PM
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Time you popped over for a cuppa, then, mate. Not here between 22nd Sept and 25th Sept, other than that any time will suit us, I'll bake some fresh scones.
well I  did pop over for that cup of tea (today) very good too, also picked up some of the netting Tommo had offered
will put up some photo's of the big spud plant later
thank you for a nice afternoon and the net!!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 17, 2014, 09:28:44 PM
Yep, it was good to see you both again. You are welcome to have some of the enviromesh netting, I know it has gone to a good home.

After sorting through, grading the spuds and putting them into storage I did manage to get the rotavating done before tea, too, so that's another job to tick off the list.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 18, 2014, 08:09:39 AM
WELL DONE YOU  clap:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 18, 2014, 11:27:38 AM
It seems that lifting spuds & rotovating the potato patch is the order of day this week! Same pattern here.  ;D

Always a definite symbol of autumn. Timely too - I've just received a yellow warning from the Met Office of rain in our neck of the woods from midnight tomorrow. It looks like the onion's holiday in the sun will have to be cut short between now & then as well.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on September 19, 2014, 10:23:59 PM
Well got to Visit the plot today and picked loads more of the tiny tomatoes and loads more of the big tommies been a crazy year for tomatoes this year ...   Dug a few spuds to do us for dinner and the weekend and picked several cucumbers went to see the guy at the parish council about getting all the old carpets and rubbish that have been removed from several plots taken away thats all arranged for the  end of the month .. Headed  home as the weather was looking a bit iffy on the way dropped a few veg into our local farmer as he does me so very good favours then  went to see a few neighbours to hand out tommies and cucumber so there happy then got to finally have a sit down before dinner ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 19, 2014, 11:24:47 PM
Sounds an idyllic & classic 'lottie day' for you scary!

All my spuds are now in sacks and home - ready for the coming months. I finished roping my onions this afternoon. I love the end result of that job - there's something magical about a rope of onions at this time of the year. So five ropes later (and tired fingers and rather painfull finger tips) it's all done. I plait my onions using three strands of thin rope, there's approx 30 onions per rope, and as it's not a job one does every week the little finger tips get a bit sore through lack of familiarity with the job - the occasional attack of cramp in the thumb didn't go unnoticed either! Now there's no worries if the heavens decide to open. The rest of what's left can cope with it. The only things that will need a bit of dry weather now are the corn cobs - but that's not so critical. If push comes to shove they can be harvested between showers.

The curtain is slowly coming down on another season . . . .
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on September 19, 2014, 11:42:17 PM
Still need to dig my tatties up must find the time within the next few days ...   Good to hear that you have managed to do yours and get the onions roped up ... The evenings are drawing in now getting darker earlier every evening will soon be time to get the pencils and paper out to start drawing in the long winters evenings .....
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 19, 2014, 11:52:04 PM
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Still need to dig my tatties up must find the time within the next few days ...   Good to hear that you have managed to do yours and get the onions roped up ... The evenings are drawing in now getting darker earlier every evening will soon be time to get the pencils and paper out to start drawing in the long winters evenings .....

That's something nice for you to look forward to scary. Don't forget to post your efforts in the gallery.

Not only are the evenings drawing in, but I'm finding that the darkness comes more suddenly now. It's light one minute and the next minute it's dusk and getting too dark to find your tools!  what:-o
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 20, 2014, 03:27:59 PM
Cleaned out the shed. Put up my grand dads table which is over 100 yrs old. Set up a chair for a new view on life......will be sheltered in shed from oncoming tree men. Yep its 42 trees......by the council abore team. Didn't look for the squirrel who will probably move on. Fed the fish.......which I ve watched grow. Happy with my shed tho.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on September 20, 2014, 07:31:23 PM
Well I been busy in garden grouting my patio area after lowering the area due to flooding in heavy rain it was to high and the water could not get away and run under the gate like it should. Here is a few pics am very pleased with it all it wants now is a pressure wash as it looking a bit grubby.
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Post by: spuds on September 21, 2014, 08:10:37 AM
GREAT JOB DONE THERE, are you for hire???? ROL :-))
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on September 21, 2014, 12:39:31 PM
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Cleaned out the shed. Put up my grand dads table which is over 100 yrs old. Set up a chair for a new view on life......will be sheltered in shed from oncoming tree men. Yep its 42 trees......by the council abore team. Didn't look for the squirrel who will probably move on. Fed the fish.......which I ve watched grow. Happy with my shed tho.

Don't let it get you down Lottylady. Sadly some things are often beyond of our control. So we just have to shrug our shoulders & move on with a clear conscience.  ThU:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 21, 2014, 01:47:57 PM



Went down plot.....they had a bring + buy stall....so bought 2 pots. Back to the topic of tree......Some folk are for it all...thin them out ..let more light in for veg to grow.....some folk sad. One guy set off to count them.
All I can think of doing is saving my wildflower seeds....so when they have done my bit...I can set it up as shady or maybe not so shady wildflower area.  But there are deeper thoughts at work....deep down Im upset bout Scotland...then same day news bout the trees......which is my haven from the London life.....I sit there and could be anywhere.....it makes life bearable. A double blow.....but pottering round plot helps think it all through.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 21, 2014, 02:32:36 PM
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Went down plot.....they had a bring + buy stall....so bought 2 pots. Back to the topic of tree......Some folk are for it all...thin them out ..let more light in for veg to grow.....some folk sad. One guy set off to count them.
All I can think of doing is saving my wildflower seeds....so when they have done my bit...I can set it up as shady or maybe not so shady wildflower area.  But there are deeper thoughts at work....deep down Im upset bout Scotland...then same day news bout the trees......which is my haven from the London life.....I sit there and could be anywhere.....it makes life bearable. A double blow.....but pottering round plot helps think it all through.

Look on the bright side. Scotland WILL get it's freedom, just a little later than expected. The trees will soon start to grow again (unless they dig the stumps up - which they probably won't). So it's just a case of waiting a little while.  :-Yes
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: spuds on September 22, 2014, 08:31:56 PM
Hi all
planted out my garlic today , finished off the path with barrow loads of wood chippings
tomorrow its out with the front garden flower display, going to pot up the geranium's as they keep well over winter so long as I keep them on the dry side and open up the greenhouse when ever the weather allows 
also going to try and keep over winter new guinea busy lizzie never done this before ,think they will need to stay on the dry side and have a fleece tent over the top  when its really cold ,if the come through winter I will give them a bit of heat in the spring
anyone kept them over before ? got any tips?

the replacement for the summer plants will be tete-tete  and daffodil's for height and viola's that I have grown from my own saved seed 
they came up like weeds
all the old plants go to the allotment compost heap
   
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 23, 2014, 09:46:05 PM
 clap:-) Nice one spuds Wish I had some garlic to plant I ordered some online over 3 weeks ago only to be told they were experiencing problems with delivery but not to worry as I will not miss the window for planting in Oct. Just hope they come soon.  usf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 23, 2014, 10:47:47 PM
Haven't got my garlic yet.....but done my back in at lofty bent down...froze so sat on the soil and thought Id better get home...hot water bottle....made some soup...happy equinox.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 24, 2014, 01:11:56 AM
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Haven't got my garlic yet.....but done my back in at lofty bent down...froze so sat on the soil and thought Id better get home...hot water bottle....made some soup...happy equinox.

Ouch! You have my sympathy Lottylady, as a recent victim of a sciatica attack. Your injury seems more physical though - hope you haven't done a any permanent damage.  spf:-(

Happy equinox - always a harbinger of autumn, colder nights and longer darkness than light from now on.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on September 24, 2014, 03:49:45 PM
Back is much better......resting today as it rained early.....reading seed catalogue......drooling and dreaming........always this time of year I think of next year....hope to improve...do better.....accepting that change is ahead....so maybe I better change. Thought up a whizz idea for shed and greenhouse rooves.....Im go to stick on bright flower stickers so they stand out for the tree men when they swinging on their ropes.....so hopefully they won't drop a branch of my precious shed and corrugated greenhouse.

Hopefully get back my third of plot which I let go.....over 400 on waiting list and the tenant has left it all summer......bindweed everywhere....well Ive hinted I want it back.....thinking I could make a pond.....ask son to do some proper raised beds......invest in some mini fruit trees.

Where Im going to get all the money is beyond me......but the will is there and I think its good to have targets.

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on September 26, 2014, 09:17:20 PM
Today was spud lifting day so I made a flask of coffee and both I and Mrs crow headed to the plot when we got behind our house and on the fens I opened the back door and released the dogs they run beside the car overtaking us at times so they had a good run before we got to the plot ..  It was nice and dry and sunny and a great day to lift the spuds was really happy with the crop got 90% of them lifted today also picked a load more tomatoes and some sweetcorn for tomorrows dinner ... Had a scratch around the top of some of our parsnips to see how there doing there looking good .  ThU:-)  ..    Did a bit of weeding /clearing up and headed for home as I was getting hungry and needed painkillers so a good day really enjoyed ourselves  ThU5:-) .
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Post by: aftermidnight on September 26, 2014, 10:45:04 PM
What did I do out in my garden today....absolutely nothing, the rain has finally come after the driest summer we've had in a long time. I don't grow as many veggies as a lot of you do but I do grow garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, a few peppers in the greenhouse. I grow a lovely buttercrunch type of lettuce, a friend gave me some seed of a Croatian lettuce that had been given to her, I've been growing it for about 10 years. I grow a few herbs, Greek oregano, several different varieties of chives, keeled garlic, parsely, sage and sweet cicely. I also grew rattail radishes for the first time this year, absolutely love em, no more wormy radishes for me. I also have a small rhubarb patch, a raspberry bed and I keep a few strawberries (British Sovereign) almost extinct.

Pole beans, mostly heirlooms, are my main interest :), I grow them in every available space I have, a lot are finished, seed collected including a few seeds from the 4 plants of Aeron Purple Star I did manage to plant, had a few green pods so didn't keep seed from them, ate most of them, sooooo good. Still collecting seed from 'Barksdale', 'Flamingo', 'North Carolina Speckled Long Greasy Cutshort'(how's that for a mouthful), 'Ryder's Best', 'Cherokee Trail of Tears', 'Woods Mountain Crazy Beans' (bush), 'Major Cook's', 'John's Purple Pole', 'Taiwan', 'Mrs. Fortune's', and also seed from the bean I grew this year from high in the Andes in Ecuador.

Last week I was playing musical chairs with a some of the clematis vines I have, digging and replanting in different areas of the garden. The flower side of my garden is full of some very rambunctious plants, rather unruly just like me but that's the way I like it ;D. One of my favourite plants is 'Cardiocrinum Gigantum' seven years from seed to see them flower but oh, when they do the scent just fills my garden in the evening with a delicious fragrance. Then it dies but not before it makes some pups, these only take 3 or 4 years before they bloom.

I think we will be back into some warm dry days next week, time to do some cleanup and do something about the pot ghetto in front of my greenhouse, get some of these plants in the ground before winter. Lots to do so little time  ss:-(.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 26, 2014, 11:08:05 PM
Cor blimey you lot make ME feel exhausted just reading all you have done.  Today I managed to pick up two of the ram lambs I sent to the abattoir last week. When I got there they hadn't done the butchering because I had omitted to give them a cutting list...so...I had to bring them home and do the cutting/jointing myself, vac pack them and get them in the freezer. Well that's it really so it was off to the pub for a meal with our friends and home to bed.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 12:31:19 AM
Annette:
I'm highly interested in that Croatian Buttercrunch lettuce. Do you keep your own seeds or do you get fresh in? If you save your own I would really like to beggar some off you - or if you know the name of the variety then perhaps I can source some nearer home. They must have impressed you if you've grown them for ten years!  ;D

The Cherokee Trail of Tears that you first sent me (do you remember I had germination problems?) managed to make it to seed although planted late. The second lot you sent I didn't sow this year as it was far too late in the season to get a meaningful result - I still have them, BUT as the two plants that made it have grown to maturity I'm saving all those seeds this season to kick start me off with fresh beans that haven't been zapped in customs next year!

It's nearly time to harvest my Aeron Purple Star pods for the bean seeds I've got to send out. I've got over 90 requests this year, including a few from the US, Canada & one from Australia! The rest are in the UK.


Tommo:
That's you nicely settled back into reality then!  ThU32:-)

Scary:
It's been a good one for spuds this year - despite the early blight we had here. The weather for lifting them has been just perfect hasn't it? Nothing worse than lifting spuds in your wellies and having to scrape the soil off them! I bet yours were lovely and clean out of that Fens peat - you lucky sod!  CW ;-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: aftermidnight on September 27, 2014, 02:48:20 AM
Gee, I keep fresh seed from this Croatian lettuce every year and you are very welcome to some. The lady who first gave me the seed said she in turn had been given it by her neighbour and the only stipulation that the neighbour made was that her lettuce seed could be shared amongst friends and neighbours but she didn't want to see it sold commercially. This is about the only lettuce I grow now, so there's no chance of the seed crossing. Maybe  the term buttercrunch is a little misleading, IMO it has a very silky texture and ours very seldom gets to the head stage so whether it gets a bit of crunch or not I can't really say :). I'll email you a picture, I gave a gal in Texas some seed and she sent me a picture of how it grew for her.
One year I seeded a row the beginning of september in a sheltered spot, it grew a bit then stopped. It wintered just fine and we started thinning it out and eating it as leaf lettuce in march leaving a few to head up, well almost head up  :)). I'll pop some in the mail on monday.

Annette
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Post by: Lottylady on September 27, 2014, 10:52:36 AM
cor Id love some Croation lettuce seed.......I have violette and cherokee beans from Real Seeds...they do very well.

Have booked my xmas prezzie from son.......6 raised beds so the order for scaff planks has gone out....even though I haven't got the plot yet...... cwl:-]

Im a bit of a messy gardner ...I have stuff spilling over the edges.....mix flowers with veg....but next year must get more productive to simply feed the family. So I get gluts but rush round handing it all out to my kids.

Its dry as bone down here........so busy watering still.
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 27, 2014, 12:03:14 PM
 Grin2:-) HURRAH!! My garlic arrived this morning so hopefully get them in tomorrow all being well whoppers they are to just hope they like my plot  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 12:22:07 PM
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Gee, I keep fresh seed from this Croatian lettuce every year and you are very welcome to some. The lady who first gave me the seed said she in turn had been given it by her neighbour and the only stipulation that the neighbour made was that her lettuce seed could be shared amongst friends and neighbours but she didn't want to see it sold commercially. This is about the only lettuce I grow now, so there's no chance of the seed crossing. Maybe  the term buttercrunch is a little misleading, IMO it has a very silky texture and ours very seldom gets to the head stage so whether it gets a bit of crunch or not I can't really say :). I'll email you a picture, I gave a gal in Texas some seed and she sent me a picture of how it grew for her.
One year I seeded a row the beginning of september in a sheltered spot, it grew a bit then stopped. It wintered just fine and we started thinning it out and eating it as leaf lettuce in march leaving a few to head up, well almost head up  :)). I'll pop some in the mail on monday.

Annette

Thanks Annette - I read your e-mail first and replied to it before reading your post, so the questions I asked have been covered here (in case you think I'm going senile!).

So it's an all year round variety going by what you say? It must be pretty versatile to grow like that in Texas & grow equally well with you in Vancouver! It sounds like a lettuce I could start off now & let it overwinter - it's relatively mild here on the west coast (as long as it can put up with our winter gales & rain). Seems a good utility lettuce that can fill most growing gaps. I look forward to trying it.

Thank you so much for your kind offer - it's wonderful to have such kind 'givers' on here Annette (if you read this tommo you'll notice that your chat with me about 'givers' & 'takers' has definately struck a chord with me!).

I look forward to receiving those seeds Annette. Is there anything I can interest you in on the seed/ bean front?
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 12:27:58 PM
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cor Id love some Croation lettuce seed.......I have violette and cherokee beans from Real Seeds...they do very well.

Have booked my xmas prezzie from son.......6 raised beds so the order for scaff planks has gone out....even though I haven't got the plot yet...... cwl:-]

Im a bit of a messy gardner ...I have stuff spilling over the edges.....mix flowers with veg....but next year must get more productive to simply feed the family. So I get gluts but rush round handing it all out to my kids.

Its dry as bone down here........so busy watering still.

The same here lottielady - I'm in permanent "shall I or shall I not" water mode.  Most of the stuff is coming to the end of it's life, but the stuff that's still got legs needs water, then the weathermen promise rain, but it's in spit & spats. If the truth be known watering has outlived it's appeal for me after having had to do so much of it this summer!
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 12:31:26 PM
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Grin2:-) HURRAH!! My garlic arrived this morning so hopefully get them in tomorrow all being well whoppers they are to just hope they like my plot  :-)snigger

Send it back Dave - Big Gee's Book of Life says it's bad for your health and will ruin your love life!!  ROL :-))

On a more serious note - out of curiosity - where did you say you ordered it from Dave?
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Post by: aftermidnight on September 27, 2014, 03:31:37 PM
Lottylady, I'll put an extra pinch of seed in the envelope I'm sending to Gee, maybe if you twist his arm he'll share a few ;D.

Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 27, 2014, 03:46:03 PM

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Grin2:-) HURRAH!! My garlic arrived this morning so hopefully get them in tomorrow all being well whoppers they are to just hope they like my plot  :-)snigger

Send it back Dave - Big Gee's Book of Life says it's bad for your health and will ruin your love life!!  ROL :-))

On a more serious note - out of curiosity - where did you say you ordered it from Dave?

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Got em from  www.quickcrop.co.uk
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 04:30:28 PM
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Lottylady, I'll put an extra pinch of seed in the envelope I'm sending to Gee, maybe if you twist his arm he'll share a few ;D.

Annette

With a 'messy' gardener NEVER!  cmu:-)

Yes of course I will - no need for the torture treatment - my arms are stiff enough at times without a 'messy' gardener wrenching them out of their sockets!!  ROL :-))
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Post by: Lottylady on September 27, 2014, 07:57:45 PM
Squirrels got my address.....she sent some fruit cuttings...that have taken very nicely. My sons are a carpenter...and .... a plumber/electrician....always working.......so they do not approve of my higgedly piggedly ways.....I lay paths by eye.....or a bit of bamboo.....but I do it all alone.......no men to help me.....so things are not square.....or straight at times..... ;)


my carpenter son can't wait to straighten me up with regimental raised beds....

plus I love lettuces....grow quite a few....

also I have a young lass who visits and helps me....she is at college learning catering.......she has been in care as her mum died when she was 4.....they gave her a puppy to help with the grieving......well I rehomed the pup...10 yrs later the lass when she is 18..... comes looking for her dog.......a reunion..........so we go down the lotty.....pick food...bring it home and she adores crashing around the kitchen preparing it.....I enjoy sharing with a youngster ......she enjoys learning and trying new stuff. 18 is a critical age for ex care kids.....they gave her £50 and a tv to start her adult life in a hostel.......well I reckon she is going to be a good chef.....she is a natural....her was mum was good cook.....and good cooks need a good garden....... :-Yes

So a have quite a few to feed good fresh veg and fruit. Plus for Londoners even seeing....touching..smelling....feeling....tasting fresh food can be quite rare. They think all food just comes from the supermarket.

Ive got to order the garlic.....off a french lady...this year I had a good crop with Sprint........but all my seed, bulb, fruit stuff is in my shed at lotty. I can't keep carrying them back and forth. On foot with my 2 dogs.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 08:26:41 PM
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Squirrels got my address.....she sent some fruit cuttings...that have taken very nicely. My sons are a carpenter...and .... a plumber/electrician....always working.......so they do not approve of my higgedly piggedly ways.....I lay paths by eye.....or a bit of bamboo.....but I do it all alone.......no men to help me.....so things are not square.....or straight at times..... ;)


my carpenter son can't wait to straighten me up with regimental raised beds....

plus I love lettuces....grow quite a few....

also I have a young lass who visits and helps me....she is at college learning catering.......she has been in care as her mum died when she was 4.....they gave her a puppy to help with the grieving......well I rehomed the pup...10 yrs later the lass when she is 18..... comes looking for her dog.......a reunion..........so we go down the lotty.....pick food...bring it home and she adores crashing around the kitchen preparing it.....I enjoy sharing with a youngster ......she enjoys learning and trying new stuff. 18 is a critical age for ex care kids.....they gave her £50 and a tv to start her adult life in a hostel.......well I reckon she is going to be a good chef.....she is a natural....her was mum was good cook.....and good cooks need a good garden....... :-Yes

So a have quite a few to feed good fresh veg and fruit. Plus for Londoners even seeing....touching..smelling....feeling....tasting fresh food can be quite rare. They think all food just comes from the supermarket.

Ive got to order the garlic.....off a french lady...this year I had a good crop with Sprint........but all my seed, bulb, fruit stuff is in my shed at lotty. I can't keep carrying them back and forth. On foot with my 2 dogs.

 NTh:-)

I enjoyed reading that Lottylady. Very touching.

PM me your address (I've probably got it somewhere - but it would be much easier if you just send it to me again). I'll make sure you get your Croatian Lettuce seeds - as soon as I receive some from Annette  ThU:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on September 27, 2014, 08:33:15 PM
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Got em from  www.quickcrop.co.uk

Nice site that Dave, I haven't come across it before. Their seeds are a tad expensive - but maybe they're good quality. Still not as expensive as the big boys. Did you notice the page they have dedicated to Charles Dowding? He's growing my Aeron Purple Star runners next year. He's already requested some  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Lottylady on September 28, 2014, 07:41:05 PM
25 whopping degrees......beautiful day and random acts of kindness....I was given 3 heavy duty brand new baking trays......a blue ceramic glazed pot and seeds whizzing there way to me.

Picked, toms, raspberries, french beans, lettuce, american land cress, rocket, sorrel and parsley. Watered green house that needs sorting.

Put flower stickers on shed and greenhouse rooves.....a tree is right at back of shed and at risk.....the greenhouse has one pretty close to it as well.

Have a hawthorn, variegated laurel and a bay tree happy in a somewhat shady area....they will enjoy more light.

 CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 28, 2014, 08:20:39 PM
Well You never guess what I have got growing now on the plot and one nearly ready to harvest.
TAKE A LOOK AT THESE
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 28, 2014, 08:37:23 PM
Also got my garlic planted and all covered up to keep nice'n warm through the winter  cmu:-)  not really it will help to keep the weeds at bay.
It is a layer of 12 month old partly rotted leaves + compost on top.
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Post by: Big Gee on September 28, 2014, 11:49:12 PM
It's mad weather isn't it? Those poor strawbs must be confused! "We're doomed I tell you - doomed"  cwl:-]

I see your spare paving slabs are migrating down to your plot as well Dave!
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Post by: Westheathdave on September 29, 2014, 02:31:34 PM
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It's mad weather isn't it? Those poor strawbs must be confused! "We're doomed I tell you - doomed"  cwl:-]

I see your spare paving slabs are migrating down to your plot as well Dave!

Actually they are not mine my neighbour has been renewing his slabs and gave them to me.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth so they say  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on September 29, 2014, 04:12:17 PM
I know a good second hand tat web-site where you could advertise them for a bit of pocket money!!  lol(1)

Fancy going into the salvaged paving slab business then do you Dave?!!!   ROL :-))

Only joking Mate - I've got about 200 18" slabs myself that I was given for free - difficult to refuse things like that isn't it?. They are destined to be used as a base for my shed - when I get around to it! It's been on the cards for about two years  usf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on September 29, 2014, 10:30:48 PM
Just a quick visit today while walking the dogs everything looking ok for this time of the year looking bare in places which is sad   spf:-(  and soon it will be 90 % bare I hate that time of year and start looking forward to the next growing season ...
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Post by: Big Gee on September 29, 2014, 11:49:38 PM
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Just a quick visit today while walking the dogs everything looking ok for this time of the year looking bare in places which is sad   spf:-(  and soon it will be 90 % bare I hate that time of year and start looking forward to the next growing season ...

Very much the same here scary. I'm not a fan of this time of the year on the lottie. Everything looks either very tired or dead. About a third of mine now looks bare. Once the beans get cleared the bare soil will look like the head of an aging old man with alopecia! I find myself putting off digging things up to keep the bare patches to a minimum.

Once the time comes I don't mind going at it big style - to make it all look nice and tidy and ready for sleep for the winter, but this in between period is a sad one. Winter is a time for hibernation for me and the lottie, apart from the odd visit to dig up a swede, pick some sprouts or winter cabbage and to dig up the odd leek. I'm a cold weather whimp anyway!

Spring I absolutely love, summer is great, but autumn is the season of sadness - no wonder the ancient Celts used to celebrate the rebirth of the sun around the winter solstice. Once the hour goes back in about three weeks - that'll be it, until the days get longer again in January.

I hope I'm not depressing anyone . . . .  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on September 30, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Well not an allotment day for me, exactly, but in the spirit of self sufficiency I popped down to me mate, Pete's, yesterday for a day out on the briney to stock up my freezer with Cornish mackerel and whiting. The day started brilliantly glass calm and sunny. The mackerel soon filled a bucket and then it was out about 7 miles to the whiting grounds...Where have all the big ones gone???...plenty of tiddlers but only a few decent sized ones. Normally we would pull in about 40 or 50 lbs on a day out but only managed about 10 yesterday before he wind changed and the Atlantic began to play pitch and toss with the boat so we cut the trip short by a couple of hours and headed back in.

Totally Knackered today. It's gone 9:00am already and I'm typing this in bed, this is the latest I've stayed in for years. It is amazing how much energy it takes staying upright in a pitching boat whilst unhooking fish. Still, about 20lbs of fish is my reward, all vac-packed and freezing down.

An easier day, today, I think.
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Post by: scary crow on October 01, 2014, 07:00:23 PM
Walked the dogs then visited the plot to see how things were doing and to pick a couple of lettuce for dinner   ...  While we was there we collected a oversized marrow to go to my neighbours chickens heres a photo of it ...

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Post by: Big Gee on October 01, 2014, 08:12:35 PM
Wow!

Looks like your Jen is struggling with that monster Scary  what:-o

Was it hiding from you, and you missed it??  ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on October 01, 2014, 08:22:32 PM
Yes by the time we see it the thing had grown too large so we left it to grow even more and today it got delivered to my neighbours chickens to eat ...   She was struggling with it and It weighed 26 pound ...
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 01, 2014, 11:11:29 PM
That certainly is some marrow. Our chooks love them.

I was a busy boy today. I managed to get all the nice, ripe squashes up and into storage for the winter. they should keep us going for a while. I've settled on Uchiki Kuri, Harlequin, Butternut and Orange Hubbard for my winter keepers.

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Made 13 jars of oven roasted tomato, garlic, oilve oil and sea-salt puree which will go in the pasteuriser tomorrow. Recipe in the recipe's section.

Gave the garden lawns and the dog exercise paddock a close haircut.

Made chicken curry, rice and chips for tea.
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Post by: ladybird on October 02, 2014, 08:09:13 AM
Good harvest KT. What are the orange pear shaped ones called?  I'm always on the look out for something different, if there are any seeds going spare, perhaps we could think of a swap. :)
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Post by: Big Gee on October 02, 2014, 12:37:22 PM
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Yes by the time we see it the thing had grown too large so we left it to grow even more and today it got delivered to my neighbours chickens to eat ...   She was struggling with it and It weighed 26 pound ...

If you missed one that size you "should have gone to Specsavers" Scary!!!  cmu:-)
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Post by: ladybird on October 02, 2014, 05:27:26 PM
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Post by: Big Gee on October 02, 2014, 09:02:38 PM
I picked about 20 corn cobs tonight - they were screaming out to be harvested, trouble is most of them have matured at the same time. No big problem though. I'm trying to get everything in before the bad weather sets in - it's bound to happen soon!

I've also started harvesting the Aeron Purple Star pods. These, at the end of the season, will be my core seed stock for next season. It's a bumper crop and I actually think I'll be able to fulfill all the requests I've received so far. last season they matured a lot later and I had to put a stop to any more requests because I was getting nervous some growers would be disappointed. I don't think that will happen this year.  But having Tommo as my reserve stock down there in Devon is keeping the jitters away!

Lots of other beans to pick for shelling, so it's a busy little period at the moment  HTT:-}

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 03, 2014, 08:51:04 AM
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Good harvest KT. What are the orange pear shaped ones called?  I'm always on the look out for something different, if there are any seeds going spare, perhaps we could think of a swap. :)

They are called 'Hubbard' winter squash. They have bullet proof skins and a wonderful, rich flavoured flesh. I've never grown them before but they are definitely on my list for next year. Ruth cooked the flesh down to mashing consistency, seasoned it and it was brilliant. You could have it on toast, next to chops, in with a ratatouille etc. Fab.

I'll have a look to see if I have any spare seed from this year but if not, I will get another packet and share them with you, Ladybird.

Just found this link....well worth a look

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Hubbard_Squash_9981.php
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 03, 2014, 09:04:00 AM
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I picked about 20 corn cobs tonight - they were screaming out to be harvested, trouble is most of them have matured at the same time. No big problem though. I'm trying to get everything in before the bad weather sets in - it's bound to happen soon!

I've also started harvesting the Aeron Purple Star pods. These, at the end of the season, will be my core seed stock...... I don't think that will happen this year.  But having Tommo as my reserve stock down there in Devon is keeping the HTT:-}

Yes, getting the sweet corn in on time is a bugger. Just a few days over and they start to become mealy and protein heavy. The ones we had at yours, though, were delicious and sweet.

Don't worry about the APS seed, Gee, I've already started to bring them in as they dry off on the vines. Haven't needed to put them in the dehydrator yet as the weather continues to be kind to us all.
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Post by: ladybird on October 03, 2014, 02:22:02 PM
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Good harvest KT. What are the orange pear shaped ones called?  I'm always on the look out for something different, if there are any seeds going spare, perhaps we could think of a swap. :)

They are called 'Hubbard' winter squash. They have bullet proof skins and a wonderful, rich flavoured flesh. I've never grown them before but they are definitely on my list for next year. Ruth cooked the flesh down to mashing consistency, seasoned it and it was brilliant. You could have it on toast, next to chops, in with a ratatouille etc. Fab.

I'll have a look to see if I have any spare seed from this year but if not, I will get another packet and share them with you, Ladybird.

Just found this link....well worth a look

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Hubbard_Squash_9981.php

Thanks for the link KT....Interesting!   I meant saved seeds from your squash.
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Post by: Lottylady on October 03, 2014, 03:39:54 PM
I am plotting......a land grab......I stupidly let a third of plot go.....the lady has been in Belgium all summer ...it has been neglected.....overgrown with weeds....bind weed

well I asked chair.....site rep.......well begged.......I want it back......it breaks my heart to see it so.

Got my old garden book out......looked back at the years of plans....watercoloured drawings and layouts I have tried....

got a new book.....well my granddads empty text book....which I will plan the next phase.......if I get it.


Still weeding......watering......planted kale and brussels .....potted cuttings. It is unreal the weather. CThUpD:-)
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Post by: ladybird on October 03, 2014, 04:47:36 PM
Yes indeed Lottylady the weather is unreal. It is more like the middle of summer down here in Kent. I know what you mean about giving up part of your plot. I done the same thing last year, I had two plots and gave up three quarters of the second plot, only to see it go to weeds and total neglect.  Hope you get your patch back but looks like you will have work to do!
 
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Post by: Big Gee on October 03, 2014, 05:04:09 PM
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I am plotting......a land grab......I stupidly let a third of plot go.....the lady has been in Belgium all summer ...it has been neglected.....overgrown with weeds....bind weed

well I asked chair.....site rep.......well begged.......I want it back......it breaks my heart to see it so.

Got my old garden book out......looked back at the years of plans....watercoloured drawings and layouts I have tried....

got a new book.....well my granddads empty text book....which I will plan the next phase.......if I get it.


Still weeding......watering......planted kale and brussels .....potted cuttings. It is unreal the weather. CThUpD:-)

So you're a planner and note maker as well are you Lottylady? Me too. I REALLY look forward to that during the winter months. I have notebooks & laminated planting layout plans that go back years. I dug one up the other day from 1977! It was on a totally different site over 120 miles away, but it gives you a lovely warm & contented feeling to revisit those drawings & notes. It was actually written on an old Garden Plotter book by Hessayon - before his 'Expert' series. It had a graph squares page in the back of it for you to draw your plot planting plan to scale. Sigh! Am I sentimental or what?  ::)
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Post by: Lottylady on October 03, 2014, 10:30:51 PM
 I used my granddads old book with graph pages.......but now it is just a lined paper book.......yes it is lovely looking back....but I noticed that I lose a few plants along the way.

Next year Im hoping to make a pond...someone gave me some pond liner ....now Ive never ever had a pond so it will be a learning experience for me.

Also tho I write it down so if anything happens to me......my son can pick up the book and read and hopefully learn.

Prefer putting it down on paper first to see if it all will fit in.......I do plan but always end up adding stuff.....squeezing a bit more in.


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Post by: Big Gee on October 03, 2014, 10:54:38 PM
Yeah - sounds like the same pattern this end!!
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 03, 2014, 11:10:15 PM
 Grin2:-) Been in the garden most of the day doing some bricklaying very slow going tho as not a bricklayer. Making a brick raised bed in a dead corner which is an acute angle not a lot you could do in there. So i thought it would be nice to make a raised bed and put some flowers there. A few photos not quite finished yet (Ran out of daylight)  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on October 03, 2014, 11:15:46 PM
Don't forget the 'weep holes' Dave - or you'll land up with a pond that will burst your brickwork when it freezes!
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 03, 2014, 11:23:18 PM
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Don't forget the 'weep holes' Dave - or you'll land up with a pond that will burst your brickwork when it freezes!
Thanks for the reminder but I have put a nice big one in the centre at the bottom as the corner is quite high and will drain well, put a nice layer of gravel in the bottom I will before I put the soil and compost in from the plot.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 03, 2014, 11:28:04 PM
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Don't forget the 'weep holes' Dave - or you'll land up with a pond that will burst your brickwork when it freezes!
Thanks for the reminder but I have put a nice big one in the centre at the bottom as the corner is quite high and will drain well, put a nice layer of gravel in the bottom I will before I put the soil and compost in from the plot.

In that case "Hush ma mouth ma man!"
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Post by: Big Gee on October 07, 2014, 09:07:36 PM
Had my thick winter jumper, cap & woolly socks on for the first time this autumn - it was a glorious afternoon but VERY cold.

Saw for the first time the damage caused by the gales we had on Sunday night/ yesterday morning, I was amazed. Bean supports down all over the place, even my "V" frame was lop-sided! My Goji berry bush was at a 45o angle and the top supports of my espalier support had been ripped off. It must have been a hell of a gust that caused all that. Stephen's pyramid of flowers had collapsed in a heap and there were bits 'n pieces strewn everywgere. I really didn't expect that. I heard today that the wind speed was recorded at 80mph during the night of the gale - I can well believe it.

Picked the next lot of beans for seeds. Loads of APS, Irish Connors & District Nurse. Lots more to come.

A glorious full moon was up by the time I left. Got to go - just had a call that food is ready - a nice fresh mackierel for me tonight!  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Lottylady on October 07, 2014, 09:34:03 PM
Brill sunshine...but not quite wet as you.....or windy ...took my beans down....did a bit of digging but dry below.

Had me first taste of Ugni molinae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia    Chilean Guava mmmmm if it was good enough for Queen Victoria......good enough for us.
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 07, 2014, 09:43:26 PM
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Had my thick winter jumper, cap & woolly socks on for the first time this autumn - it was a glorious afternoon but VERY cold.

Saw for the first time the damage caused by the gales we had on Sunday night/ yesterday morning, I was amazed. Bean supports down all over the place, even my "V" frame was lop-sided! My Goji berry bush was at a 45o angle and the top supports of my espalier support had been ripped off. It must have been a hell of a gust that caused all that. Stephen's pyramid of flowers had collapsed in a heap and there were bits 'n pieces strewn everywgere. I really didn't expect that. I heard today that the wind speed was recorded at 80mph during the night of the gale - I can well believe it.

Picked the next lot of beans for seeds. Loads of APS, Irish Connors & District Nurse. Lots more to come.

A glorious full moon was up by the time I left. Got to go - just had a call that food is ready - a nice fresh mackierel for me tonight!  ThU32:-)

Wow you sure get it windy where you are mate, quite windy here where I live as we are 180 metres above sea level with nothing in the way till Wales and them mountains it is ALWAYS windy here around 14-00 hrs in the afternoon.
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Post by: scary crow on October 07, 2014, 10:25:26 PM
Not had much time to visit the plot dropped in yesterday just to grab a cabbage for dinner need to try and get some time there the weather aint helping at the moment either ..
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 07, 2014, 10:27:32 PM
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Had me first taste of Ugni molinae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia    Chilean Guava mmmmm if it was good enough for Queen Victoria......good enough for us.

Chilean Guava, aren't they wonderful. They have a flavour reminiscent of Strawberry Cream Soda from my childhood. I am bringing two on in  30 litre pots this year for the first time. I may well have a go at doing some cuttings to increase my stock for next year. Deliscious.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 07, 2014, 11:24:32 PM
Talking of cuttings Tommo - how are the blackberry & vine cuttings I gave you behaving? Are you confident there's life in them?
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Post by: Big Gee on October 07, 2014, 11:29:59 PM
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. . . . dropped in yesterday just to grab a cabbage for dinner . . . . .

Don't go telling me you take a parachute down there & Jen "drops" you off!! I can imagine you doing your paratrooper act, parachuting in at dusk, sneak up to the cabbage patch, quickly dispatch one with your commando knife, then after swiftly looking around scarper into the undergrowth in your camouflaged kit!!!   ROL :-))
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Post by: ladybird on October 08, 2014, 08:22:32 AM
A bit wet underfoot when I got to the plot yesterday morning and a sharp nip in the air.  I left home wearing a jumper and fleece ane took an extra pair of socks to wear inside my wellies.  Gave the wellies a good upside down tap in case something might be nesting in the toes, but all was clear except for a bit of dust and a wrapper from a club bar.

Started collecting up all the pots and trays which had been left in various places, just for the time being, and stored them away until spring.  Put all the bamboo canes back in their special rack and stored away any netting that can be used again.  By now the sun is out and getting warmer, the fleece is off and I'm starting to enjoy the day.

One compost bin is now full up, I capped it off with a barrow load of manure from the paddock and covered it.  Spread a layer of manure on two raised beds and put covers over.

Picked beans and put them in the greenhouse to dry. I still have one cherry tomato plant in the greenhouse sprawling all over the place but tomatoes are still ripening, thought it would be exhausted by now!

Anyhow, had a good day and cycled home in brilliant sunshine, with leeks, carrots and a few B. sprouts in my carrier!
 
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 08, 2014, 08:41:46 AM
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Talking of cuttings Tommo - how are the blackberry & vine cuttings I gave you behaving? Are you confident there's life in them?

They seem happy enough in their tissue holders that you wrapped them. Still in water, they will be in the greenhouse for the foreseeable. I don't like to disturb things whilst they seem settled. As soon as I see any evidence of roots they will be potted up. Keep you posted
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 08, 2014, 08:52:07 AM
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Good harvest KT. What are the orange pear shaped ones called?  I'm always on the look out for something different, if there are any seeds going spare, perhaps we could think of a swap. :)

Thanks for the link KT....Interesting!   I meant saved seeds from your squash.

I don't save seed from my squashes as they are so promiscuous (even worse than runner beans). I tried it once and got some weird, inedible thing that was horrible. After reading up about it the advice was..."Unless you are prepared to only grow 1 variety and there are no others within half a mile, don't bother." Another website said the same thing but then offered step by step instructions that included precise timings, unopened flowers and clothes pegs.

Well, one day I might just give it a go again but, hey, squash seeds aren't so expensive so I m happy to pass some on when I get my next seed.
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Post by: ladybird on October 08, 2014, 09:19:54 AM
No worries KT.  Now that I know the name I can pick up a packet in the spring. Butternut still remain my favourite but I also like to try a different one each year.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 08, 2014, 09:38:14 AM
Just thought I'd share a couple of pic's of the Yacon I am growing this year (for the first time). I am 5'6" tall so some of these must be heading in the direction of 7'. Those beautiful little 'sun-flower' type blossoms really look out of place on such a huge plant.

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Post by: spuds on October 08, 2014, 11:12:17 AM
hi Tommo
won't  be long before that yacon is ready now , don't stand there to long or you won't find your way out of the jungle  ROL :-))
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Post by: Big Gee on October 08, 2014, 11:21:30 AM
You're just about the right height for a Peruvian Yacon grower Tommo!  cmu:-)

Looking good - those Peruvian Ground Apples! You can tell they're a member of the 'Girasol' (sunflower) family can't you?. They must like that Devon red soil - perhaps it reminds them of their original Andean home.

It's probably been a good year for them. I got some tubers, but they dried up to nothing in storage, as did some of my dahlia tubers - don't really know why. Better luck next year perhaps. I'm not sure if they'll be as 'at home' here on the west coast with it's rain and salty wind - we'll see.

I'm looking forward to hearing how those cuttings come along, if you get just one vine & one blackberry to strike it will be a result & a permanent reminder of your first visit to 'sunny' Aberaeron!

Little wonder there are so many varieties of squash, gourds & pumpkins etc. they just love having multiple 'lovers' - makes runner beans look like morally strict Welsh Methodists! A total waste of time collecting seeds, because everyone and their dog grow such a variety your whole summer would be spent chaperoning them! And that's a tough job for a Peruvian peasant!!  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on October 08, 2014, 11:27:53 AM
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A bit wet underfoot when I got to the plot yesterday morning and a sharp nip in the air.  I left home wearing a jumper and fleece ane took an extra pair of socks to wear inside my wellies.  Gave the wellies a good upside down tap in case something might be nesting in the toes, but all was clear except for a bit of dust and a wrapper from a club bar.

Started collecting up all the pots and trays which had been left in various places, just for the time being, and stored them away until spring.  Put all the bamboo canes back in their special rack and stored away any netting that can be used again.  By now the sun is out and getting warmer, the fleece is off and I'm starting to enjoy the day.

One compost bin is now full up, I capped it off with a barrow load of manure from the paddock and covered it.  Spread a layer of manure on two raised beds and put covers over.

Picked beans and put them in the greenhouse to dry. I still have one cherry tomato plant in the greenhouse sprawling all over the place but tomatoes are still ripening, thought it would be exhausted by now!

Anyhow, had a good day and cycled home in brilliant sunshine, with leeks, carrots and a few B. sprouts in my carrier!

Sounds like an idyllic autumn day on the plot ladybird! I like days like that. I had a similar day myself yesterday, although most of it was spent tidying up and repairing after the gale on Sunday night. Lots of beans to shell & put out for drying today.  ThU:-)
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Post by: scary crow on October 08, 2014, 08:29:46 PM
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. . . . dropped in yesterday just to grab a cabbage for dinner . . . . .

Don't go telling me you take a parachute down there & Jen "drops" you off!! I can imagine you doing your paratrooper act, parachuting in at dusk, sneak up to the cabbage patch, quickly dispatch one with your commando knife, then after swiftly looking around scarper into the undergrowth in your camouflaged kit!!!   ROL :-))


You know all the details have you been spying on me at the plot .. lol(1)   ..         Talking of parachuting Just heard on the news that a fighter jet that do there practice over the fens crashed just north of peterborough today
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Post by: Lottylady on October 09, 2014, 04:07:40 PM
awful aircraft crashing near folk.........Ive stayed away from plot as we've been told to when its windy because of the dangerous trees.

So sent a begging....prompting......reminding email to chair bout grabbing next door plot......they will ring tenant soon as they have not replied to any emails.

Have to wait till 17th Oct the deadline day......so hoping I get it......surely they have given up if they haven't been there all summer?

Then I may look for help with digging......a cheap pole that will dig for 20p an hour or something...... lol(1)
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Post by: scary crow on October 09, 2014, 05:58:32 PM
Well must say lottielady it,s not a great day to be near tall unstable trees it,s very windy out there ...Fingers crossed you manage to get the plot next door sounds like the previous owners have not been bothered to do anything on there ..   Visited my plot today just to take the kitchen waste over as we had a rather large bag of it ..  Not a great place to be today out on the open fen with just a hazel hedge for protection from the wind so headed home for a cuppa must spend a day soon as the weeds are invading my leeks maybe able to spend a few hours over there this weekend weather permitting ....
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Post by: Big Gee on October 09, 2014, 11:07:20 PM
Would you believe that we have abandoned plots, where we haven't seen a soul working on them for two years - guess who they belong to? The assumed chair, treasurer & secretary of the 'loonie' club! They still have the gall to say they manage the site though - I guess that's why they're in the 'loonie bin'!!! There are 13 people on the waiting list waiting for plots to cultivate. Sad isn't it?  spf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on October 09, 2014, 11:15:47 PM
Yes very sad when there the people who should be setting the standard on a site ...   We are lucky well at the moment as we have no free plots but have 3 growers who have paid for plots but have done very little on them so will see if they pay when there rents are due in febuary if they pay then and do nowt they will be getting a warning for non cultivation cant see why people pay for plots but dont grow ...
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Post by: Big Gee on October 10, 2014, 12:21:14 AM
It's my belief it's one of three things or a combination of them scary

1.  They just want a plot as a fashion accessory that they can boast about to their tap room friends at the local
2.  They've been catapaulted into getting a plot because of the attraction generated by gardening programmes on TV
3.  They've got a plot and quickly discovered it entails work and dedication. Not many people are used to that these days.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 10, 2014, 08:14:19 AM
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A bit wet underfoot when I got to the plot yesterday morning and a sharp nip in the air.  I left home wearing a jumper and fleece and took an extra pair of socks to wear inside my wellies.  Gave the wellies a good upside down tap in case something might be nesting in the toes, but all was clear except for a bit of dust and a wrapper from a club bar.

Started collecting up all the pots and trays which had been left in various places, just for the time being, and stored them away until spring.  Put all the bamboo canes back in their special rack and stored away any netting that can be used again.  By now the sun is out and getting warmer, the fleece is off and I'm starting to enjoy the day.

One compost bin is now full up, I capped it off with a barrow load of manure from the paddock and covered it.  Spread a layer of manure on two raised beds and put covers over.

Picked beans and put them in the greenhouse to dry. I still have one cherry tomato plant in the greenhouse sprawling all over the place but tomatoes are still ripening, thought it would be exhausted by now!

Anyhow, had a good day and cycled home in brilliant sunshine, with leeks, carrots and a few B. sprouts in my carrier!

Sounds like an idyllic autumn day on the plot ladybird! I like days like that. I had a similar day myself yesterday, although most of it was spent tidying up and repairing after the gale on Sunday night. Lots of beans to shell & put out for drying today.  ThU:-)

Well I wish I'd had an idyllic Autumn day! Mine began the night before at about 9:30......".

Just cuddling a single malt, winding down before bed and the phone goes.....

'Wonder who that is at this time.' Says I to HI. (Why is it that the sound of a late phone call conjures up images of ailing, aged parents and your kids in a hospital A&E Dep't).

"Hi, Rob, it's Mick here" (Mick is a neighbouring, septuagenarian smallholder).

"Hi, Mick, everything alright?"

"Rob. Have you ever milked a goat?....only Pete, over the road has had an accident; broken his ankle really badly and can't milk his goat....he's really worried".

I take Pete's number and call him. It's true. He was hacking render off his wall ready for the builders using a (wait for it...) sledgehammer ! Dislodges a lintol which then moves downwards faster than he can go sideways and lands across his ankle, shearing the bone.

OUCH!

So back to today. After doing the smoothies and feeding the pigs and chucks I head over to Pete's. What a fantastic place. An old, dilapidated stone-built Devon farmhouse that has been unchanged for at least 50 years with old timber outbuildings resplendent with unidentifiable rusty stuff and dust-laden cobwebs.....you could film an episode of All Creatures Great And Small here without changing a thing.

Fortunately or me I spent many years in the presence of goats so was able to get to it without much ado, and to be fair, his beloved, pet nanny is a delight....probably because she had missed her milking the night before and was hanging like a barrage balloon and was mightily relieved at being mightily relieved.

I arrange to return at 6:00pm for the evening milking and head home. My day now has to include two hours for two milkings for the next 5 to 6 Weeks!

My plan to do some trailer repairs also fell into disarray when me mate, Julian turns up with a large welding job which needed a visit to the steelyard and a local builders merchant....my carefully planned day slowly disappeared like sand through an hourglass.

I was chasing my own tail. 6:00pm arrived...off to milk the goat.....barely got back and another mate turned up at 6:50pm to pick me up for our first Autumn Beekeepers Meeting........oh bugger. I'd forgotten that. No time to get changed so, resembling Compo from Last of the Summer Wine, off we went........Tomorrow.....perhaps tomorrow.........
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Post by: spuds on October 10, 2014, 09:47:06 AM
what an easy life you smallholders have  ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-)) ROL :-))
did you manage to write something for the smallholder mag !!!!????????????????
I mean you can't do a lot outside after about 7pm now so you must have time on your hands  cwl:-]
 YRTB
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 10, 2014, 11:29:52 AM
Yes, what an easy life we have....I'm just about to rig up some flood lights so I can carry on 'til midnight, then I can join the night owls on here in the chat room.

Yes the article is finished and they have sent me the proofs which look fine. It will feature in December's issue, so out in November, sorry I aml not allowed to give you a sneak preview as them's the rules.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 10, 2014, 11:52:11 AM
Don't you just LOVE days like that?  spf:-(

The best laid plans of mice and men eh?

"But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren't alone]
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy."


Robert Burns (1786)

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Post by: Lottylady on October 10, 2014, 05:02:03 PM
goats....I can milk a goat.......but no goats down here....my unc used to have goats......brings back many happy memories.........

went up plot and weeded and prepared patch for winter lettuces. It rained heavy for a short while but we were safe in the shed.....felt smug that my son has
put some super duper bomb proof plastic on it.....ready for anything. Will risk it more knowing Ive got a safe dry place to shelter.

Making mental notes about the main path which does need straightening up and bit slippy so will change them.

Fed the fish in the brook.....they are getting bigger......

got to prune fruit bushes.....and forget me nots and nigella sprouting round the edges ready for next year.
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 10, 2014, 05:30:15 PM
 clap:-) Been at plot most of day been a lovely day here till now it has just started to rain the first today.
I have been fixing the main gates to the site two things were wrong 1: The gate posts have moved and gates were misaligned.
2: there were no proper locations in the ground for the bolts. Have concreted some tubes in the ground for the bolts to go into.
Managed to pick some beans to had another bag full.
Here's a Photo.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 10, 2014, 11:20:32 PM
Well it's been crazy in this house. The super-glut of tomatoes, pears, physalis, nuts, tomatillos etc etc hve all needed to be dealt with. So, it was marathon cooking, bottling and pasteurising today. well, once you have the oven on you might as well take advantage of all that heat, eh.

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Various types of ratatouille some with mung beans, some with aduki beans and some just simple and plain, plus good old, simple chopped tomatoes. Then there are the bottles pears in a light syrup made from low G.I. coconut palm flower sugar....mmmmm....delicious with ice cream.

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The pantry is almost full which means we are well on the way to having preserves for the the next 12 months. Wonderful.
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Post by: ladybird on October 11, 2014, 10:05:05 AM
Oh my god KT,  that kitchen is my idea of paradise, what a wonderful sight!!  All that yummy stuff to delve into during the dark days of winter. I bet you have a nice log fire as well.  Long may you continue to enjoy the 'good life'.  I am a bit jealous really, green is the colour!!
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 11, 2014, 10:41:53 PM
Well Tommy you put me to shame I have never seen so much stuff all home made brilliant job you done there mate. I could never do all that for a start I would not have anywhere to put it in my small place. I could never be self sufficient like that. If I had to live on what I grew I would starve as things are at the moment.  usf:-(
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Post by: Lottylady on October 13, 2014, 05:07:33 PM
well the plot thickens........neighbour has been issued a 4 week warning.....taken 4 weeks to reply.......says she still wants it.......so has been told next warning is only 2 weeks.....how is she going to work on plot in this weather?

plus I don't think she understands what bind weed is......her attempt will be dig a little square and plant something but leave all the weeds elsewhere growing away happily.


So it is a waiting game......I will go up plot and hopefully see her and ...delicately....tactfully mention the bindweed....but haven't seen her for months.

Almost daily I have to dig up bindweed creeping over border....maybe I should train them up poles?....make a fence? ...a trellis?

Poured down all day.
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Post by: scary crow on October 13, 2014, 08:03:37 PM
Well hopefully she wont attend to the plot and get thrown off and then you can have it and tackle the bindweed ...  Cannot understand these people that have a plot do nowt on it and then when confronted about it say they want to keep it in the meantime there overgrown plots invade others which growers struggle to control makes my blood boil people like that ..
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Post by: scary crow on October 14, 2014, 09:54:23 PM
Took a walk today with the dogs to the plot to see what damage had been done was really surprised when i got there that everything was ok which was surprising considering the heavy wind and rain we have had ...  While we was there we dug some parsnip /swede/carrots/ and turnips so we can have a venison stew tomorrow ... 
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Post by: Big Gee on October 15, 2014, 07:39:47 PM
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Well it's been crazy in this house. The super-glut of tomatoes, pears, physalis, nuts, tomatillos etc etc hve all needed to be dealt with. So, it was marathon cooking, bottling and pasteurising today. well, once you have the oven on you might as well take advantage of all that heat, eh.

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WHAT A DISPLAY! That's what it's all about Tommo! Well done you and Ruth  clap:-)
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Post by: squirrel on October 15, 2014, 11:25:08 PM
 wonderful display KT I love to see all those bottles and jars after a preserving session. Well done
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 16, 2014, 07:57:25 AM
I can't take all the praise. The lovely Ruth worked her fingers to the bone chopping and peeling and lending her culinary genius (she made me write that!) to the team effort! We work well together.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 16, 2014, 12:25:26 PM
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I can't take all the praise. The lovely Ruth worked her fingers to the bone chopping and peeling and lending her culinary genius (she made me write that!) to the team effort! We work well together.

Aw - that's sweet!
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Post by: lottieguy on October 16, 2014, 03:40:20 PM
Hi Ya, don't seem to have much time to myself these days and when I do, other half wants to go visiting or shopping. Got a couple of hours in today and so much to do. Spent it lifting old sweet corn plants, picking beans for drying, spread some leaf mould on vacant ground, picked some veg for stir fry tonight, had a chat with a fellow allotmenteer. enjoyable really. Looked at mt shed and thought I might tidy it at week end. What do you think. There is enough room for me to get in out of the rain but I have two sheds and the other I have to take stuff out to get in it it's so full. Does any one else collect stuff? never mind I love it, Happy gardening  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 16, 2014, 11:11:38 PM
That's TIDY Lottyguy. I also have 2 lotty sheds and they are a lot worse than that. Time for an Autumn clear out methinks.
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Post by: Lottylady on October 18, 2014, 06:48:06 PM
wow what a display......my shed is clean and ready already sheltered us from a few showers.
Today was the compost run. Saved up. Up plot early with dogs who watch me go off.....think Ive disappeared forever.......to get the bags of compost. £3 per bag. Can haul 3 at a time with a bit extra.

So had ten bags of compost. 1 bag of seed soil....3 trips....and yes Im about the furthest away from trading shed.

Just laid the bags out as did not have energy to really get them dug in yet. Still got stuff growing.....rocket, lettuce, american land cress, pak choi, nasteursiams and toms......in mid october. Got me garlic....Sprint...yet to quickly plant up soon.
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 19, 2014, 09:07:07 PM
 :-Yes Finally got my little corner bed I made filled up and planted with bulbs and a few evergreen type plants at the front called "Heuchera Purple" that spreads and should hide the top of the wall. Here's a photo.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 19, 2014, 10:23:59 PM
Nice one Dave!  ThU:-)
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Post by: scary crow on October 20, 2014, 06:44:28 PM
Well I Ventured out today to the plot to do a bit of weeding as the leeks seem to attract the weeds couldent believe how many there was the weather is still mild here and there growing like mad ...   Today I cleared 3 barrow loads of weed mainy chickweed and a few small nettles ...  At 3 I deided that was enough packed the tools away changed my footwear and got the dogs into the car and the sky opened up  and it poured of rain I chose just the right time to depart ...
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Post by: ladybird on October 20, 2014, 07:45:17 PM
Cleared out the last remaining tomato plant from the greenhouse, it was like an octopus with branches going everywhere.  Gave the greenhouse a good clean out, just got a few geraniums in one corner which I will cover with fleece later and hope they will survive the winter.

Took the last cut of comfrey, put half on the compost and the other half in the bin for comfrey liquid.  Cleared away the last of the Kenya bean plants, forked over the bed, spread a layer of manure and covered with weed control fabric. The worms will do their work over the winter months.

Had a cop of tea and chin-wag with plot neighbour before heading for home.
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Post by: scary crow on October 20, 2014, 08:15:41 PM
Seems like you,ve had a busy day today getting things cleared and getting ready for winter it,s a cold place kent in the winter i,ve spent many a winters day there ... It,s a big place kent what area are you in ? ..
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Post by: ladybird on October 20, 2014, 09:35:55 PM
Yes, I have seen a few severe winters here. We bought our first house in Gillingham over 30 years ago when we moved down from London. We now live in Rainham. I like it here as it's on the edge of open countryside and only a stone throw from the coast. I often visit the fish market at Whitstable, famous for it's oysters (though I've never tried one) and where they sell fantastic fresh fish.  The apple orchards are a sight to behold when they are in full blossom during the summer.  Yeh...... Kent is not a bad place to live!
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Post by: scary crow on October 20, 2014, 09:46:06 PM
I love kent a truly stunning place use to do rabbit control at longfield / bean /and greenst green there nearer to dartford and also did some farms at sittingbourne would have liked to have moved there myself loved all the orchards but now im on the fens near to peterborough a nice place and the soil is fantastic ...
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Post by: Big Gee on October 20, 2014, 10:08:47 PM
I've been doing some autumn clearing as well. Broad bean bed cleared, pea fence dismantled, five wig-wam supports stripped clean of beans and dismantled (another couple of trugfuls of Blue Lake to shell) - just the one wig-wam to clear, that's got Kentucky Wonder Wax ripening on it - they seem to last longer than the other beans. Apple, apricot & plum trees pruned, goji berry tree, raspberry canes & blackberry bushes cut back.

Came home when it got dark. The rain stayed away, although we had a quick shower at about 1pm. I'm bushed. Waiting for the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo to hit sometime tonight - got a Met Office yellow warning for high winds & heavy rain between tonight and tomorrow night. I actually got my timimng right this time! Missed all the rain today and managed to get quite a few chores done before the aftermath of Gonzalo makes landfall here on the west coast.
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Post by: ladybird on October 22, 2014, 06:17:24 PM
Nice day at the plot, no damage apart from a few bin lids blown around. Planted a blackberry that had been waiting in a pot all summer. Cut down asparagus plants and spread seaweed on the bed. Put a dressing of BF&B on broad bean bed ready for sowing in November.

Got home to find a parcel in the porch containing 30 bare root wallflowers,  lovely looking healthy plants now soaking in a bucket of water, that's a job for tomorrow!.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 22, 2014, 11:15:58 PM
Had a REALLY tough day at the plot. Finished clearing up all my beds, sweetcorn plants, bean vines & everything else that is past it - they're now all in the compost bin!

Then got stuck in with Big Bertha (the rotovator that is!)  Blush:-( Turned it ALL over - and I'm as stiff as a board, that's because after I finished my plot at around 5 & started gathering my bits up before heading for home, my mate Stephen arrived. Seeing what a fine job Bertha had done on my plot (the soil was just persect for the job) he decided to do the same on his - just in case it rained again. SO, as a good friend in need - I went to help, because starting at 5 would cut it a bit short for one person. So Bertha's tank was filled up again.

I got home after dark, not just bushed - as I was at 5 o'clock - but ZOMBIFIED!!

That's why it's just a quick post and off to bed for me (whilst I can still walk!).
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Post by: scary crow on October 23, 2014, 12:51:20 AM
Sems like a few on here have been busy i never managed to get to plot today was kneeling in front of the bog not chucking up was fixing it had a leak not a great job for a bad back all done now when that was done had a gallop with the hounds and then home to finish off my stew which always seems to taste better the 2nd day then i set up jens tablet a early christmas prezzie for her ....

You must be feeling better big gee to be waltzing around the plot with bertha ...will chat tomorrow ....
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Post by: Lottylady on October 23, 2014, 01:41:22 PM
cor wish I had a big bertha........I went up and low and behold ......rare neighbour has done some work on her plot....a sheet of black plastic.........so dreams of extending over in a dash.

Never mind I look at my plot......still flowering....growing.......producing.....maybe make the raised beds with what I got for now?

Was going to plant garlic.....broke up the bulbs but was not in the mood and it looked like rain. I hope neighbour does make it nicer......I am grateful for what Ive got.

Just plot and plan to make my bit much better. Back to the drawing book and a think.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 23, 2014, 03:26:43 PM
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cor wish I had a big bertha........I went up and low and behold ......rare neighbour has done some work on her plot....a sheet of black plastic.........so dreams of extending over in a dash.

Never mind I look at my plot......still flowering....growing.......producing.....maybe make the raised beds with what I got for now?

Was going to plant garlic.....broke up the bulbs but was not in the mood and it looked like rain. I hope neighbour does make it nicer......I am grateful for what Ive got.

Just plot and plan to make my bit much better. Back to the drawing book and a think.

If I lived a bit nearer I'd happily introduce Big Bertha to your plot lottylady!

It seems to be a trend amongst 'dog in the manger' plot holders - mention the fact that you want their abandoned plot & they spring into life - not to get stck in, but to cover the soil with plastic sheeting or they get someone to strim it for them. It happens here too. It's a bye-word by non gardeners that says "look I'm doing something" - it's like a dog pissing on his territory. Nothing will get done gardening wise, but the present occupier now thinks their token action has extended their right to non activity for another year, whilst genuine growers wait in frustration. Not on I say!
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Post by: Big Gee on October 23, 2014, 03:39:35 PM
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Sems like a few on here have been busy i never managed to get to plot today was kneeling in front of the bog not chucking up was fixing it had a leak not a great job for a bad back all done now when that was done had a gallop with the hounds and then home to finish off my stew which always seems to taste better the 2nd day then i set up jens tablet a early christmas prezzie for her ....

You must be feeling better big gee to be waltzing around the plot with bertha ...will chat tomorrow ....

Yes, I think that nasty little virus is behind me - thanks to the kombucha and a sweaty session with Big Bertha!!!  what:-o

Funny that, I bought my OH a tablet about six weeks ago. That was my annual present as well - just to say "I appreciate you really - even though I forget to mention it very often"!

Poking around under toilet bowls is not good for ANY back - it must be murder for you. Toilets are the most frustrating and annoying of all plumbing jobs I find, & they're so 'hit and miss'. I'm sure someone could come up with a better design if they thought about it long enough! As it is their design hasn't changed much since Victoria sat on her throne (in her Water Closet). In fact the Victorian standard of manufacture was a lot better - no bendy plastics and nylon threads that strip by bringing a brass nut within a foot of them, and when you start fiddling with the 4" stuff, well that's another league up in Hell!
Don't forget to scrub under your fingernails when you've finished, otherwise you'll be kneeling in front of it again, but for another reason! cwl:-]
 
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 24, 2014, 08:01:45 AM
We'll I've done bugger all on my allotment. Too much rain, squidgy soil, garlics still in the box (damn, I really wanted them in early). I will be stripping off the APS today, hopefully an picking some of the CToT that are now ready for seed drying. That is, of course after attending to my friends goat, coal, ash, hay, straw etc.

Then HI has commandeered me into the kitchen to clear up all the stuff I've been dumping in the corners Blush:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on October 24, 2014, 10:24:32 AM
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"Then HI has commandeered me into the kitchen to clear up all the stuff I've been dumping in the corners" Blush:-(

Sounds very familiar that Tommo! My stuff gets shunted to the back door . . . . . hint hint !

I've also been commandeered for chores this morning as well, in readiness for our weekend visitors  ss:-(
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 24, 2014, 02:30:33 PM
 RedFaced:-( You all have BEAN very busy put me to shame not done a lot as not a lot to do not got much growing should have more I know.  Blush:-(
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Post by: scary crow on October 24, 2014, 03:49:05 PM
Well a quick visit to the plot today just to grab a cabbage for sunday lunch and couple of swede / turnips and parsnips for a stew and emptied the kitchen waste bin that was bulging with waste just as we was about to leave it started to rain that was about 2,30 and it,s still raining now ...
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Post by: ladybird on October 26, 2014, 10:13:25 AM
Had a lovely day yesterday, went to a local horticultural show with a friend. The show was held in the village hall about a mile away, and as it was such a beautiful afternoon we decided to walk by way of the public footpath, through the fields and woods along the edge of Upchurch golf course, the golfers seem to be enjoying the sunshine as well.

Then show was great, with lots of lovely fruit, vegetables, flowers, cakes and preserves on display.
There was also a children's section of artwork and cut-out pumpkins, which we were invited to vote for the best entry, their efforts were so good that we had a job to decide.

On the way home my friend suggested we stop in at the golf club for afternoon tea with scones jam and clotted cream...yum..... will have to be good for a few days now!!    Resting today Zzz1 :-]
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Post by: Big Gee on October 26, 2014, 11:21:20 AM
Sounds idyllic that. I LOVE horticultural shows, there something magical about them. Although I've never competed - but I always find myself thinking " . . . I've got better so & so than that at home . . . " but I REALLY shouldn't because at least the competitors make the effort, if it was left to people like me we wouldn't have any shows.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 26, 2014, 11:10:14 PM
At last...almost 3 days of dry weather. So.

Fire up the rotavator and turn over next year's garlic patch. Job done, weed suppressant with all the pre-made holes in all pegged down and 410 garlics and elephant garlics snugly pressed into the earth. At last. I've been fretting myself about getting them in but now it's done.

On to the lawn mowings. 1/4 acre dog exercise paddock mowed...bonus discovery that 2 moles had entered the trap from different directions...I bet they weren't expecting that! Orchard mowed and the back garden lawn mowed.

Trailer tailgate Hammerited and the wooden board varnished.

Cup of tea and three biscuits.

Broken jokey wheel welded and greased.

Mate's goat milked.

Back home....my turn to make tea so it's filleted whiting with a rosemary and lemon stuffing wrapped in pancetta accompanied by home grown chips and Safari beans in garlic butter. Glass of red wine. Film on T.V. and off to bed.

Good day, all told.
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Post by: ladybird on October 27, 2014, 06:41:50 AM
410 garlics ??  what:-{  Glad you got them in at last KT.  You sure have had a busy day, it's a good feeling to relax with a glass of wine knowing that you have caught up with those outstanding jobs!. It looks like the weather is going to continue dry and mild for a while longer.  My plot is pretty much put to bed now for winter, but as the weather is so nice I still like to go there for a potter and a natter.

 I started building a bug hotel last week, I've got all the bricks and wood to build with but need to collect suitable material to furnish it with. Whilst out walking on Saturday, i found a discarded ridge tile which will go nicely on the roof. Hope it attracts some beneficial guests to take refuge for the winter months.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 06:59:06 AM
Good, that, finding stuff you can make uses of. I've built a couple of 'bug hotels' out of discarded clay pipes and sawn up old splitting bamboo canes for the tubes so the various insects can tuck themselves in for the winter.

Yep, 410 garlics. We use loads of them for various preserves, purees and cooking, and, of course, I have to save about 40 or 50 of the best ones for seed for next year.

You're right about wandering down to the plot, just to 'be' there. Trouble is I always seem to spot things that need doing.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 07:45:20 AM
Well I know that our 'allotment' is a bit different to most as we have a 2 1/2 acre small holding but I still think this count as a 'What We Did on our Allotment'

A couple of days ago we were offered a pair of twin Aberdeen Angus calves. We quickly cleared out a field shelter and set it up to receive our new livestock. Judy thought you would like to meet them

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Post by: Big Gee on October 27, 2014, 11:47:46 AM
Wonderful Tommo - Judy was right!

Takes me back to my childhood - only calves didn't have huge plastic tags in their ears in those days. The only things marked were sheep. Times have changed a bit haven't they?

An allotment is only a small holding on a micro scale isn't it?  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 11:52:37 AM
Thought you might like a photo of the goat I've been milking for the past 3 weeks. Peter, the owner, took this snap of her one day. I think it is excellent.

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Post by: Big Gee on October 27, 2014, 11:54:14 AM
Try again Tommo - she's legged it off the page!!!  lol(1)
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Post by: spuds on October 27, 2014, 04:52:09 PM
come on own up who's NICKED THE GOAT!!!!!! ROL :-))

looks like good  calves tommo,   when next year is the BBQ

do we all get an invite  clap:-)
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Post by: ladybird on October 27, 2014, 05:15:25 PM
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Try again Tommo - she's legged it off the page!!!  lol(1)

 lol(1)

Perhaps she got the hump when the calves arrived!   Nice calves though KT
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 06:15:04 PM
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come on own up who's NICKED THE GOAT!!!!!! ROL :-))

looks like good  calves tommo,   when next year is the BBQ

do we all get an invite  clap:-)


Bit something premature there, Mick, we were thinking of 24 months old not 12 months. We all get a bigger, juicier rib eye that way. They are about 8 weeks old at the moment. Unless you know something I ought to know. :))
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Post by: scary crow on October 27, 2014, 07:46:01 PM
Think spuds  might have been thinking veal  not a bit thick steak on the barbi   ..          I,d rather eat the goat myself i do like a bit of goat meat ...  Nice calves there but they turn into big grass munchers that burp fart and leave cow pies everywhere       
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Post by: ladybird on October 27, 2014, 07:55:53 PM
I'd like to see a photo of the goat, or better still a photo of KT milking the goat.  chkl:-]
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Post by: scary crow on October 27, 2014, 08:38:19 PM
To make you smile ..

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Post by: Big Gee on October 27, 2014, 08:50:10 PM
Made oi smile that!
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Post by: Lottylady on October 27, 2014, 09:48:15 PM
yes where is the goat???? I remember their eyes.....staring away waiting for me to lower a branch of tree so they could munch.

Us townies have chickens but we have 3 big turkeys at the plot that the committee keeps asking about meanwhile they get fatter and fatter........the owner keeps dodging the rules but no one has the heart to remove them yet......

planted my measly amount of garlic .........and it was so hot...sun shining........it felt like the wrong time of year.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 10:37:41 PM
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Try again Tommo - she's legged it off the page!!!  lol(1)

This any better...

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 27, 2014, 10:46:25 PM
Anyway I thought you might like to see my first Cherokee Trail of Tears bean seeds.

The white seeded ones are obvious and the black ones have come from the purple plant that grew from a white seed. These black seeds are also larger thn the white ones. So, I am keeping all the black ones to see how they grow next year and I am keeping any seeds from the white ones that have 7 or more seeds per pod. There will be plent of white ones available if anybody wants some.

I found the white ones to be some of the nicest flavoured pole beans I have eaten. When picked young, before the seeds develop, they are completely stringless and have a real meaty texture. These are to be thoroughly recommended.

I haven't tried the bean seeds but will be doing so in due course.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 27, 2014, 11:36:46 PM
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yes where is the goat???? I remember their eyes.....staring away waiting for me to lower a branch of tree so they could munch.

Us townies have chickens but we have 3 big turkeys at the plot that the committee keeps asking about meanwhile they get fatter and fatter........the owner keeps dodging the rules but no one has the heart to remove them yet......

planted my measly amount of garlic .........and it was so hot...sun shining........it felt like the wrong time of year.

Life WILL get more precarious for the poor things as Christmas approaches  spf:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on October 27, 2014, 11:39:06 PM
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Try again Tommo - she's legged it off the page!!!  lol(1)

This any better...

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Ah that's better - hiding under the straw was she?  ROL :-))

Funny animals to watch at times are goats - especially playful kids.
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Post by: ladybird on October 28, 2014, 04:51:21 AM
AAH, she looks so cute, makes me want to give her a big....  :-)=
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Post by: Big Gee on October 28, 2014, 11:15:05 AM
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Anyway I thought you might like to see my first Cherokee Trail of Tears bean seeds.

The white seeded ones are obvious and the black ones have come from the purple plant that grew from a white seed. These black seeds are also larger thn the white ones. So, I am keeping all the black ones to see how they grow next year and I am keeping any seeds from the white ones that have 7 or more seeds per pod. There will be plent of white ones available if anybody wants some.

I found the white ones to be some of the nicest flavoured pole beans I have eaten. When picked young, before the seeds develop, they are completely stringless and have a real meaty texture. These are to be thoroughly recommended.

I haven't tried the bean seeds but will be doing so in due course.
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That's quite amazing. Especially the fact that the black ones are bigger & came from a white seed plant.

As my plants were limited (only had 1 that was successful (but that's not a reflection on the variety, just 'trip fatigue' from travelling from Canada!!). Next year I'll have plenty to play with so may at last taste a few pods. We'll be using some of the dried beans over winter though, as there are still plenty for next year's sowing needs.
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Post by: aftermidnight on October 28, 2014, 04:27:34 PM
Some nice looking seed Gee. In all the years I've been growing them (since 1988) I have never found one with white seed. I'm looking forward to trying them next year.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 28, 2014, 05:52:10 PM
I've already got  packet of the white seeded CToT with your name on it Annette. When I get enough of the 7 seeds in a pod together I will mail them to you with one or two surprises too.

Would you like half a dozen of the black seeds that came from a white seeded sowing too?

Incidentally the seed website in Canada I sent off for some tomatoes from emailed me to say there was a delay and then eventually my packet turned up with all sorts of things. I'll pm you with the varieties as I seem to remember you showing an interest in some of them - I could be mistaken but hey, you might just fancy some.
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Post by: aftermidnight on October 28, 2014, 06:22:36 PM
Thanks Tommy, a surprise packet, look forward to that :).  I just pulled the rest of my bean vines yesterday, wicker baskets of drying bean seed stacked wherever I could find an out of the way spot. Out of Percy's reach (my kitty) she has a habit of helping herself and playing floor hockey with them :).
All my tomato plants are pulled with the exception of a 'Cherokee Green Grape' cherry tomato, it still has a few tomatoes on it. I grew this one for the first time this year, we really liked it so it's on the grow list for next year. Another tomato I grew this year was one called 'Goldmans Italian American' flavour good and sliced the pleated edges are quite attractive. One of the other tomatoes I grew this year 'Rio Fuego' firm flesh, I imagine it would be great for stuffing but I like it in a greek salad, almost the same texture of a green pepper. Let me know if there is anything I can send you :).

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 28, 2014, 10:54:40 PM
That goldmans italian american is very similar to a heritage one I grew this year called 'Zapotec Pleated'. Nice and meaty with a good flavour. Good for sauses and purees (although I do mix my tomatoes together when I am making puree.

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Post by: Big Gee on October 28, 2014, 11:27:30 PM
That looks too pretty to eat Tommo!  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 29, 2014, 07:37:48 AM
Annette, are the Cherokee Green Grape determinate or indeterminate. I can't seem to find much info on line but they do seem interesting.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 29, 2014, 12:55:46 PM
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Annette, are the Cherokee Green Grape determinate or indeterminate. I can't seem to find much info on line but they do seem interesting.

Here you go Tommo:

Cherokee Green Grape (Bred by Mark Korney).
Maturity:    mid season
Growth habit:    det.
Leaf type:    regular
Fruit colour:    green
Fruit size:    small
Fruit type    salad




More info.

http://www.victoryseeds.com/tomato_cherokee-green.html (http://www.victoryseeds.com/tomato_cherokee-green.html)
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Post by: aftermidnight on October 29, 2014, 02:16:45 PM
Tommy, I bought my Cherokee Green Grape seed plus a few more from the Sample Seed Shop in the U.S. Remy (owner) is always coming up with another bean I just have to have :). I like her packaging, more than enough seed for my wants and very reasonably priced.       
 http://www.sampleseeds.com/?page_id=65
I collected seed this year, do you want a few? My plant was growing off by itself so I'm pretty sure it hasn't crossed with anything. This has turned out to be one of our favourite cherry tomatoes. There is a bigger tomato called Cherokee Green, I grew it as well this year but didn't get around to saving any seed.

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on October 30, 2014, 12:50:37 AM
Thanks, Annette, I'd love some. We'll have to swap lists before sending any packages, though as I have a sneaking suspicion that you will have some interesting heritage varieties up your sleeve.

Gee, the Cherokee Green link you put up is a different animal. It is a larger fruit and is indeterminate whereas the Cherokee Green Grape is determinate and smaller fruited if I have read the bit about Mark Korney correctly.
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Post by: Big Gee on October 30, 2014, 01:54:03 AM
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. . . . Gee, the Cherokee Green link you put up is a different animal. It is a larger fruit and is indeterminate whereas the Cherokee Green Grape is determinate and smaller fruited if I have read the bit about Mark Korney correctly.

Sorry Tommo - that was a link I copied from the wrong source, you're quite right, that one refers to the Cherokee Green & not the 'Grape'. Here is a link to the source I meant to post:

http://t.tatianastomatobase.com:88/wiki/Cherokee_Green_Grape (http://t.tatianastomatobase.com:88/wiki/Cherokee_Green_Grape)

I had been browsing the Cherokee Green just prior to stumbling on the one above & got my links mixed up!


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Post by: Westheathdave on October 30, 2014, 09:00:18 PM
 HB:-( Re. It is a larger fruit and is indeterminate whereas the Cherokee Green Grape is determinate and smaller fruited if I have read the bit about Mark Korney correctly.
Sorry but you lost me there no idea what "Indeterminate" and "Determinate" means never heard of it before someone will have to enlighten me.  :-)snigger
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Post by: aftermidnight on October 30, 2014, 09:23:23 PM
Here you go Dave,  to save my lazy fingers from a bunch of typing  lol(1)
Here's a link to the explanation    http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/tomato/2000082337022708.html
hope this helps.
Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on October 30, 2014, 09:40:29 PM
 YRTB Thanks for that Annette. Well you know what they say you learn something new every day never new that before very interesting articles them.  ThU32:-)
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Post by: scary crow on November 01, 2014, 08:30:36 PM
Unfortunantly unable to do anything on my plot today or the past week due to injury just drove to the plot today to grab a cabbage for sundays dinner well jen picked it as i couldent even bend down to pick it    spf:-(  ....   Pised off as we have had some good weather and i cant do nowt very frustrating ...
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Post by: Big Gee on November 01, 2014, 10:39:25 PM
Don't worry mate - just take it easy. Fine days will come again. Just get yourself better & chill out until things are back to normal.  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 01, 2014, 11:27:09 PM
Oh dear Scary poor you hope it does not last tooo long very frustrating for you it must be. Let's hope it'll soon be better.  usf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on November 02, 2014, 08:16:51 PM
Yes im trying to take it easy Big gee cheers dave yes very frustrating but i have to just wait and hope it dont take too long ...
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Post by: ladybird on November 03, 2014, 04:22:25 PM
Because B/G sent bucket loads of rain down here I had to stay indoors, whilst he basked in sunshine up there in Wales. But I did get a chance to do some baking instead....scones and soda bread!
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Post by: Big Gee on November 03, 2014, 06:36:46 PM
 ROL :-)) It's an ever ending task for me Ladybird! Another front blew in late this afternoon - it went straight from glorious sunshine to wind and torrential rain. Nearly caught me out - but it was getting dark by then anyway - so I don't mind too much.

SO be on the lookout for phase two by tomorrow - it's blowing away from us and over the Cambrian mountains at the moment & out to the English plains - keep your fingers crossed that it runs out of steam before it gets to Kent!

Staying indoors & eating scones & soda bread with a nice mug of tea sounds OK to me . . . .  CW ;-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on November 04, 2014, 08:17:12 AM
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Because B/G sent bucket loads of rain down here I had to stay indoors, whilst he basked in sunshine up there in Wales. But I did get a chance to do some baking instead....scones and soda bread!

Scones and soda bread....yum yum.

Actually soda bread is better for you than ordinary bread as its natural fermentation deals with some of the lectins and phytins present in the grain husks.
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Post by: ladybird on November 04, 2014, 03:29:15 PM
That's interesting KT. I very rarely ate shop bought bread when I was growing up. My mum baked all her own bread, white and brown soda bread.  Every now and then I get a craving and make brown soda bread, it is so easy to make and delicious for breakfast with a good helping of marmalade. It is also very good with a chunk of strong cheddar cheese for lunch!
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Post by: Big Gee on November 04, 2014, 04:30:40 PM
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Because B/G sent bucket loads of rain down here I had to stay indoors, whilst he basked in sunshine up there in Wales. But I did get a chance to do some baking instead....scones and soda bread!

Scones and soda bread....yum yum.

Actually soda bread is better for you than ordinary bread as its natural fermentation deals with some of the lectins and phytins present in the grain husks.

You Tommo are a font of wisdom - don't do anything silly in Cyprus, make sure you come back in one piece because we need you here!!!  Who else could dig something like that up? lol(1)
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 04, 2014, 06:03:35 PM
That's interesting I have never tried soda bread as bread did not agree with me it made me blow up and have indigestion fatal to have cheese with it or meat.
According to Dr Hay who was instigator of the "HAY DIET"  nothing to do with eating straw  :-)snigger He say's you should not mix carbohydrate and protein in the same meal.Fruits are fine with any food BUT to be eaten first not last.
If you want to know more about the diet here is the link
http://www.haydiet.co.uk/
Too involved for me to explain here  chkl:-]
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Post by: Lottylady on November 04, 2014, 09:58:01 PM
well trotted up with dogs and the sun shone....but it was wet and muddy....great for a bit of weeding at the edges....layed a bit of manure...3/4s done......too wet to do much else so trotted back.

Spoke to son...who asked if I had a tape measure?...me...yes......well measure it up for scaff planks.....gulp!!! Now I have never measured it up .....properly......
so I got to crash about and do that.......we spoke about it doesn't have to be existing layout we can change it.....improve paths....back to the drawing book.....

I will measure in both feet and inches and metric. The opportunity is suddenly hitting me. What do I want built? My bestest xmas prez yet.  :-)=
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Post by: Big Gee on November 04, 2014, 11:01:09 PM
Now who's a "KOOL" Cat Lottylady?!

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Post by: squirrel on November 05, 2014, 12:45:52 AM
Up at 7am for the first working trip to the lottie for many weeks. There was the last vestiges of a frost but the fog lingered and I nearly chickened out. So glad I didn't as the sun was up and burning off the fog before 8.30am and the day turned out warm sunny and windless.

All potatoes now up and drying in the poly tunnel, carrot tops chopped off, and the bed was topped with straw for winter once I had lifted some for the kitchen.

The beans left to dry for winter cooking were taken in and the bean row removed. Asparagus cut down and bed weeded. tomatoes and pepper picked for last time and plants removed. Last of the fennel and some more beetroot picked, together with some turnips and kohl rabi.

The weeds are worse that they have been for years but it was good to have a go at them. Also good to have the makings of a few soups, stews and casseroles in the kitchen again.

Reward? Aching muscles but happy heart.  RedFaced:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on November 06, 2014, 09:41:43 PM
Sounds as if you've got your mojo back Fluffy!  clap:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 07, 2014, 11:22:42 AM
 spf:-(  bit of a damp squid day today went to plot along with other committee members to light a bonfire but rain stopped play tooo wet for us even to try doubt it would have ever got going.  cry:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on November 07, 2014, 11:35:20 AM
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spf:-(  bit of a damp squid day today went to plot along with other committee members to light a bonfire but rain stopped play tooo wet for us even to try doubt it would have ever got going.  cry:-(

You definitely missed the boat there Dave! NOT the weather for bonfires, although amazingly the 5th was quite dry & pleasant this year.
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 07, 2014, 11:43:10 AM
We have had it ready to burn for weeks but the council would not let us have an early burn as we can have fires only Nov--March other times with permission.  ss:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on November 07, 2014, 11:57:31 AM
You should have bought some sparklers and a few spuds and made an evening of it on the 5th Dave - it was dry that night! (Well it was here anyway).  ROL :-))
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Post by: scary crow on November 09, 2014, 08:25:54 PM
ABSOLUTELY NOWT  I even had to buy a cabbage today as i couldent get to the plot thats the first bit of veg i have bought since we got our plot ..    spf:-(   
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 09, 2014, 08:58:33 PM
Never mind Scary that's a good record better than mine.
Went to plot this morning all rent collected now had to turn off the water for the winter, so that's another year gone  what:-{ where does the time go.
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Post by: Big Gee on November 09, 2014, 10:29:41 PM
Sod all done here on the lottie neither. Back to the misery of wellies. From now on it'll just be visits to emty the kitchen waste bins in the compost bin on the plot, pick a few winter veggies & home. Roll on spring!
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Post by: ladybird on November 10, 2014, 08:05:03 AM
I like to sow my broad beans about mid November. I usually sow direct but the ground is very wet at the moment, hopefully we might get a few dry days in the next week or so, otherwise I will have to start the seeds off in root-trainers. That will be my last job of the season but I will be making a weekly visit to the plot for winter veg.

My knitting bag has now been retrieved from the back of the cupboard and my armchair beckons for the long winter evenings.  I like to knit hats for the homeless and little garments for premature babies, my local library organizes distribution.

In another couple of weeks the major 'bank raid' will commence!!

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Post by: Big Gee on November 10, 2014, 11:37:20 AM
All the best with the broad beans! I used to sow them in autumn, but I've found from experience that the wet winters we have here, coupled to the clay soil and a tendency to floods does not make it worthwhile. The number of plants that come good does not really warrant the effort, the same applies to onions. Here, I also find that spring sown plants actually do better and often overtake the ones that have been stunted over winter. Where you can get away with it, then it's a good practice to get a head start.

Happy knittiong then! Now I'm not homeless, but a nice new woolly cap would go down a treat!  CW ;-)

I need a new one - scary keeps on reminding me that the one I have is too tight and restricts the blood to my neurons!  usf:-(
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Post by: ladybird on November 10, 2014, 03:21:17 PM
Just let me know your colour preference  B/G and your on!  I've run out of pale pink though :-)snigger
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Post by: scary crow on November 10, 2014, 07:19:25 PM
I thought you might have been better off with a Onesie Big Gee ..     cwl:-]
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Post by: ladybird on November 10, 2014, 09:05:15 PM
Careful Scary, you don't want to strangle him!!   chkl:-]
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Post by: Big Gee on November 10, 2014, 11:24:55 PM
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Just let me know your colour preference  B/G and your on!  I've run out of pale pink though :-)snigger

 cwl:-] not to worry - pink clashes anyway with what's left of the colour of my hair ladybird!

A nice dark purple one with a bright yellow colour that reads "Aeron Purple Star" would be nice! But beggers can't be choosers - I'll leave it to you Ladybird THANKS  XK
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Post by: Big Gee on November 10, 2014, 11:33:27 PM
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I thought you might have been better off with a Onesie Big Gee ..     cwl:-]

I'm not sure scary - those onesies look dangerous in an emergency to me!!

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Post by: Lottylady on November 11, 2014, 07:52:39 PM
Id like a hat with ear flaps as big as the onesies....... CThUpD:-)

Been up plot ...raked leaves .....counted slabs decided going to make a patio area as its so muddy. Make a new path with weed membrane and bark chippings.

Then my son drove me up in his new van......plastic cloches, loppers and big roll of weed membrane. First time I been there in the dark.......we talked bout where the raised beds are going to go....he took photos did a bit of estimating.

I like this time of year and have plenty of work to do before the frosts come. I always wear hats....keep me warm as toast.
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Post by: Big Gee on November 11, 2014, 08:00:52 PM
Yeah - those Lapland type caps were very popular a year or two back.

I still think a 'onesie' is a bit dangerous if you ever got a case of the 'runs' down on the plot!! Could be a disaster if you couldn't fight your way out of it in good time!  RedFaced:-(

Glad you can get something done on your plot Lottylady - if you lived here your slabs would sink out of sight - the rain's been torrential here for a week. Got some more yellow warnings of rain for another few days  from the Met Office today spf:-(

It's not for nothing that it's green with lots of rivers and lakes in Wales!
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 16, 2014, 04:43:40 PM
Bit of a wasted morning hanging around waiting for a guy to come and sign up for a plot phoned him to see where he was and if he coming after waiting for over an hour he said " ooh I forgot anyway I had a think about it and decided no" well you would have thought he would have had the good manners to have let us know he was not interested any more SOME PEOPLE JUST MAKE YOU SICK!!!! Could have done something on my plot instead of hanging around waiting.
We have got one more bonfire possibly 2 if we split it up as it will burn twice as quick as one big one. Planned for Friday weather permitting  Grin2:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on November 16, 2014, 06:10:29 PM
You're REALLY eeking out the Guy Faulks season Dave!!  lol(1)

Some people are totally inconsiderate - I'm aftraid it's the way of things nowadays. I would say you're better off without him on your site. I've become a great believer in these later years of being fussy who you let on to a site . Too many time wasters both before & after they get plots - at least you now know the nature of the beast - if he applies for a plot in the future. People who don't take these things seriously invariably don't take their hobby seriously either. That just causes hassle further down the line.
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Post by: aftermidnight on November 16, 2014, 07:45:25 PM
What did I do in the garden today, NOTHING  ss:-(. Our temps hit the deep freeze after a long mild period so, I'm waiting for it to warm up a bit before I venture out. Not all is lost tho, I'm getting some much needed straightening up done in my greenhouse after bunging all the tender stuff in higgly piggly before the temps dropped.

I'm trying something different next year, a no dig method I saw in a vegetable plot some years ago. The plot was covered with straw and everything was planted through it. These people had been doing this for some years, every fall after cleanup, compost/manure etc was strewn about and then another layer of straw, in the spring they just planted through it their vegetables were some of the best I've ever seen and very few weeds if any. I've did manage to finish off one bed ready for planting next spring but only 1/3 of the bed where I hope to grow 10 or more variety of pole beans next year. I tried a small patch last year and it worked well, no weeding and the beans really did well. Anyone else do the no dig method? How did you prepare your beds and how did you amend them? Hoping for a bit of milder weather so I can go out and finish what I started  :).

We had some dandy bonfires on Guy Faulks night when I was young but nowadays you mention Guy Faulks night and nobody knows what you're talking about. After halloween all the kids in the neighbourhood used to go collecting scrap wood, in the end we'd have a skyscraper of a bonfire on a vacant lot I think owned by the city. One of the neighbours keep an eye on it long after we went home, quite often it was still burning in the morning when we went to school.
We have a no burn ban here, I think one can get a permit from the fire dept. to have a small bonfire on Halloween night but fireworks is a no-no.

Annette
 

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on November 16, 2014, 11:34:17 PM
Over here I don't think kids can be trusted to have fires anymore! Most wouldn't know how to go about it anyway. Years ago the kids in town would have an effigy of Guy Faulks made of straw & dressed in old clothes in an old pram and they'd go around begging "penny for the Guy" - these days they're all huddled inside exrcising their thumbs with electronic games!

I think Canada is sensible about fireworks though - they really can be a hazard in the wrong hands & lots of pets get terrified.

On the 'no dig' front - Squirrel seems to be the big fan on here. I use the technique for my rhubarb patch - but it seems to have the most lush crop of weeds anywhere on the plot - until the rhubarb leaves start to smother them! I think a host of weed seeds pass through the cows' gut and land up germinating in the manure when it's used as a top dressing - especially docks! I find rotavating the manure into the soil works best - the weeds get mangled and the manure gets buried.  Grin2:-)
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Post by: scary crow on November 16, 2014, 11:52:46 PM
Hello everyone well I managed to walk to my plot today furthest I have managed to walk in 2 weeks had a natter with a couple of the growers then I picked some brussels for dinner and walked home ..
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Post by: Big Gee on November 17, 2014, 11:09:45 AM
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Hello everyone well I managed to walk to my plot today furthest I have managed to walk in 2 weeks had a natter with a couple of the growers then I picked some brussels for dinner and walked home ..

I'm so pleased to hear that mate. Sounds as if that back spasm period of yours is coming to an end thankfully. Picking sprouts is not the best past-time for a dodgy back mind! So your windy season has started then? I desperately need to pick a few of mine, but It seems to be one of those crops I overlook until HI gives me orders that she needs some!
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Post by: Toto in Oz on November 17, 2014, 02:28:02 PM
Today I finished weeding out one side of a new bed. I have raised beds here because there's clay and drainage pipes running all over the part of my garden that gets sun. I hesitated making this bed because I knew it'd be a lot of work - patches of that horrid Bermuda grass are all over the place!

It rained over the weekend but I don't ever complain about that, especially in spring when we need a lot of rain. All I did was pick a whole lotta garden peas and froze 2 pounds worth. I never grew enough peas before to actually preserve any. Usually just eat those sweet green orbs straight from their pods.

What's really exciting for me is that I'll actually have onions this year. I've tried growing them a few times before but never had success. This year, though... WOW! I have no idea, though, when the right time to pick them is - which should be soon except the leaves don't look like they're ready to start to fade - or how you harden them off even though I keep reading about what to do. Some things I can't get straight in my head until I actually do it. How long do onions store for? They're called Califonia Red, but I guess that means nothing because it seems to me every country has their own names for all the different varieties of onion.

The hardest part about growing veg in Australia - for me anyway - is knowing how to time everything. Chard, spinach, potatoes, garlic, onion, broad beans, kale, broccali, cauliflower are all winter veg I enjoy growing but they seem to linger well into the time when you want to plant your summer veg. I planted peas the end of July hoping they'd be winding down by now but several plants are still setting flowers. I should have planted the corn already but those peas are not giving up yet and I really don't like tearing out plants that are doing so well. I harvested the potatoes a few weeks too early it seems as the spuds were kinda small, but I need to get the rest of my beans in before the heat starts up. It's something I ponder over a lot!

OK, how the heck do you add one of those smiley face icons??       lol(1)
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 17, 2014, 05:46:51 PM
TOTO sounds like you having fun trying to work out what to plant when must be a bit confusing as you do not have it as cold as we do in winter I would assume that your growing season would be a lot longer than us.
TO PUT A SMILEY IN 1 LEAVE A SPACE BEFORE AND AFTER IT OR ELSE IT WILL NOT SHOW  Grin2:-) WITH SPACE Grin2:-)NO SPACE  SEE IT WILL NOT SHOW CORRECTLY
Have fun

PS Just click on the smiley you want after a space then hit the space bar again and carry on typing
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Post by: Big Gee on November 17, 2014, 07:20:33 PM
Hi Toto! Nice to hear from you.

Is that Early Californian Red Onion (Allium cepa)?

(http://mrfothergills-seeds-bulbs.com.au/images/P/onion-early-californian-red-onion-seeds-vegetable-seeds.jpg)

I know in America they state 120 days to maturity. I guess the Californian climate is nearer to yours than ours! This variety is recommended for autumn planting in Oz, although it's sold as seed and not sets, so I assume you start it off in spring from seeds and transplant in autumn for overwintering! A bit of a strange one that! Anyway here's a link for you:

http://mrfothergills-seeds-bulbs.com.au/Onion-Early-Californian-Red.html (http://mrfothergills-seeds-bulbs.com.au/Onion-Early-Californian-Red.html)

That's Mr Fothergill's site in Oz.

As for when to harvest - wait until the foliage dies down, lift & dry in the sun for a week or two and then rope them up.

The big factor in when veg grows, matures & dies back is mostly associated with length of daylight hours in ratio to darkness (especially alliums) - it's called photoperiodism (http://millar.bio.ed.ac.uk/andrewM/Jo%20Selwood%20site/photoperiodism.htm) In countries nearer to the equator the ratio is obviously different to countries nearer the poles. A little problem is that when some veg is grown in countries (like the old colonies) where the daylight hours & seasons vary from their original country of cultivation, then they get a bit confused (as the growers do I expect - until they get the hang of it!).  CW ;-)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGOs8OLJpaY
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Post by: Toto in Oz on November 18, 2014, 01:00:27 PM
Well, Dave, I don't know if I'd call figuring out how to get the most out of my winter veg before having to pull them out for my summer veg fun, sometimes it feels more like this  HB:-(
  ROL :-))

Hey!! I think I got the hang of those emotocons! THANX!!  :-)=
 
Big Gee, your gonna love this - I grew 2 kinds of onion this year. One is called California Red and the other Early Red!! So Mrs Fothergill has some kind of mix of the two?  chkl:-]
I sowed the seeds May 18th in a small seed tray and planted the Early Red June 15th and the CA Red June 20th. 120 days would have been Oct 13 &18 respectively.  doh:-{
I guess these onions never read the seed pack they came in because they missed their deadline!
But that was what I was expecting, having them dug up in October so I could prepare the bed for the next veg to go in. Now I'll be waiting who knows how long for these things to die down. That doesn't make me too happy because I really want that bed for cantaloupe.
What I also find amusing is that, though I don't really believe in it and hardly ever pay attention to such things, I planted out the CA Red seedlings on a day the Aussie Moon Planting Guide said it was a bad day for planting - yet these guys are growing huge! I think I may use the guide to do the exact opposite of what it says because that worked out real well for me!

The garlic is starting to die back... maybe I'll tell them to talk to the onions and show them what they're supposed to be doing.

How much die-back is die-back? What if the foliage is just kinda dying down but not full fledged down? And I'm not so sure about leaving these in the sun for a week let alone two because the sun here is  brutal, like desert sun brutal. I'll check Aussie sites for hardening off onions. I think I read that they should be left in the shade.

I think we have silly weather down here.  mad:-| At the height of summer we average 30C/85F during the day, but nighttime temps rarely get above 12c/53F. There's maybe around 5 times a year that I don't sleep with a blanket. My house sits at the bottom of a pretty high ridge so the cold comes down and settles here. But this was the first year I can recall that we didn't have big frosts and I never needed to cover my potato/pea plants. I shouldn't be writing that because now I might just get that big frost! A couple of times we've had snow in the hills around Christmastime - which is comparable to your June. That's how crazy the weather is here.

Big Gee, do you have any pictures of your onions when you were ready to harvest them? I'd love to see 'em!

I should add that although I don't post a lot I do enjoy reading what everyone says. I'm trying hard to absorb all your knowledge. Although I've been a dabbler at veg growing for about 9 years now, I only became really serious about it 3 years ago. I actually kinda stink at it!  lol(1) In 2010 I tried growing cauliflower - gosh did I stink at that. I left one plant in the back of the bed for the snails and slugs to feed on hoping it would distract them away from my peas - it didn't. I just left the thing there, ignored it completely, and in 2012 was rewarded with the most perfect curd I have ever seen! I'm determined to get that veg right, it's one of my favorites. I still try but for that one have never succeeded.

Well, time to go because I have a friend stopping by tomorrow and I need to make the tiramasu for our arvo (Aussie slang for 'afternoon') snack!

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Post by: Westheathdave on November 18, 2014, 03:41:29 PM
Gee The Youtube Post is not playing error message coming up. Dunno whether it is the site or us.  cry:-(

Hurray panic over it playing now  ThU432:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on November 18, 2014, 06:42:39 PM
It sounds like quite a challenge you have there Toto! I'm sure you'll get to grips with it though. Are the seasons pretty predictable? Here the biggest variation that can put things out of kilter is unseasonable weather. Like a November that feels like May or a June that's more like December! At least if they're pretty predictable then you know what's coming.

Onions? "No worries Mate!" (That's my little bit of 'Aussie-speke')  lol(1)

My personal favourites are Autumn Gold - the BIG problem with them is they're only available from Marshall's - a big company I'm no big fan of, but the Autumn Gold onion is a real beaut! (Oops a bit more Oz there).

When we talk about dying down, then it's that time when the leaves start to turn brown and begin to fall over. Don't help them on their way - as some old gardeners used to have the habit of doing. Let them die down naturally - you can just tidy them up a bit (they're a bit stubborn listening when you tell them all to fall the same way). Lift them when they've all keeled over and there's more brown leaves than green. I've managed to dig up a few photies for you - unfortunately this is the best I have of them ripening:


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And below after they've ripened - mine are in the polytunnel here - from memory it had turned wet outside (unusual not)!. Here in the UK you need at least two weeks of ripening in the sun after they're lifted. the secret of them keeping well for storing is that they are as dry & ripe as possible before you rope them up or net them.


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And here's Her Indoors with something a little lighter - the shallots (Lennox - who's no longer with us sadly was fed up of watching her posing for the camera!)  cwl:-]

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I hope that helps a bit  ThU5:-)

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Post by: Big Gee on November 18, 2014, 06:44:43 PM
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Gee The Youtube Post is not playing error message coming up. Dunno whether it is the site or us.  cry:-(

Hurray panic over it playing now  ThU432:-)

"Ground control to Major Dave - the problem is not here in Houston, I repeat not here in Houston!"  ROL :-))
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Post by: Lottylady on November 18, 2014, 08:43:26 PM
Big hello Toto down under.....had a couple of kiwis.....new zealanders have a plot next to me.......I thought very clever Kiwis as the first thing they did was put their names down on the allotment waiting list.....and got a bit of land in the UK. They've flown back now....left me a chair and a few bags of compost. Will miss them but think they enjoyed the allotment BBQ with their kids. Typical english scene. They dithered over their decision to leave.....re assured them they can grow more in NZ. Jealous really...... CThUpD:-)


Back to the plot....mud swamp like conditions. Cut back raspberries. Hope to rake leaves over raspberry patch. Re build a path. Lay a patio. Structure stuff as I call it.


Tree men next week....impending destruction soon.
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 25, 2014, 02:38:23 PM
Off to the plot now to take some bagged leaves and compost material also want to cut rasberry canes down.
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Post by: scary crow on November 25, 2014, 08:36:00 PM
Sadly not been anywhere near my plot jen went there saturday and picked a cabbage and some veggies for stew im hoping to be able to get there very soon ..
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Post by: Big Gee on November 25, 2014, 08:42:25 PM
I hope so too - I'm feeling for you - horrible thing permanent pain.  spf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on November 25, 2014, 10:43:30 PM
Well the last 2 days have been spent trying to encourage 4 headstrong pigs to get into the stock trailer so we could move them up to the dry concrete hardstanding of the kennel run. Their paddocks, as is the case this time of year, are more suited to a hippopotamus synchronsed swimming team. Anyhow pigs being what they are they couldn't resist the smell of apples, plums and bananas and into the trailer they went. Little did they know that their holiday was to be short lived (as were they), as they now reside in a cold room at the abbatoir. 1 will be converted to sausages (we have 3 types in mind, licnolnshire, toulouse and tomato with paprika; plus we will be making our own chorizos and salamis), 2 will be jointed as per the butchers and 1 will be cured for a full quota of bacon and hams.

Such are the joys of the smallholding life.

Sometime this week I will be having a blitz on the large greenhouse as this week's frost has now put any further tomatoes at an end.

Mentioning frost, according to Spuds, I shall be now counting down the days before I lift some of the Yacon I planted this year. WTS.
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Post by: ladybird on November 26, 2014, 11:49:00 AM
Ah stop it KT you're making my mouth water!   It also brings back fond memories of my father's farm in Ireland. No abbatoir in those days, just enlist the help of a couple burley neighbours to  get the pig up on a wooden bench and my dad would do the rest.
Us kids would be sent off to deliver black and white pudding to all the neighbours and get a handful of sweets for our trouble.....happy days!!

No freezers either, the meat would be cured in brine for several days then wrapped in muslin and hung from rafters in the pantry. A plentiful supply for bacon and cabbage with lots of potatoes.
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Post by: Big Gee on November 26, 2014, 12:36:46 PM
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Ah stop it KT you're making my mouth water!   It also brings back fond memories of my father's farm in Ireland. No abbatoir in those days, just enlist the help of a couple burley neighbours to  get the pig up on a wooden bench and my dad would do the rest.
Us kids would be sent off to deliver black and white pudding to all the neighbours and get a handful of sweets for our trouble.....happy days!!

No freezers either, the meat would be cured in brine for several days then wrapped in muslin and hung from rafters in the pantry. A plentiful supply for bacon and cabbage with lots of potatoes.

Yes that brings fond memories back for me as well Ladybird. We had an identical set-up on our hill farm when I was a child. The pig killing day was eagerly looked forward to - and it was always around this time of the year. The topic of conversation for a whole week in primary school was the spreading of the news that we were killing our pig on Saturday.

What a day that was. The morning was spent boiling up a big cauldron of water in the house by the women, whilst the men folk  stood around chatting & smoking their pipes, whilst they waited until it was decided to go out to the barn for the task in hand. The pig killer would occasionally stick his finger in the cauldron in a knowing sort of way to judge by the heat of the water when to depart for the barn. The poor unwary animal would have been starved for a day or so before the event.

As soon as the pig was 'stuck' our job as children was to bring the boiling water out to scald the dead pig in order to scrape the hair off it. It was a nerve racking time because God help you if the water was not brought quickly enough and had started to cool on the way from the house to the barn - can you imagine the reaction of health & safety officials in this day & age if they saw ten year old kids running with boiling hot water in buckets? The reaction of animal rights folk would complete the nightmare!

After scraping the carcass & gutting the animal, the small meats were removed (belly pork etc.) and that would then be served up for the workers for supper. The pig killer - if it wasn't my father, would be rewarded with some of the offal. The carcass would then be left to hang in order to set. Next day the animal would be cut up. The head, liver and trotters etc were used for brawn & the rest was made into large 'cuts' and salted on a slate slab over the next few days. There was nothing that wasn't used except for the snout & tail!

The cured meat would then be hung from the ceiling in the house, to be used as and when it was needed by my mother over the coming year.

Yes happy days indeed - from a rapidly forgotten era! We are probably the last generation to remember such things.

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Post by: ladybird on November 26, 2014, 03:47:31 PM
Yes indeed B/G that is exactly how it was done. Health and safety and animal rights would have considered gibberish to the country folk of yore.
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Post by: Big Gee on November 26, 2014, 04:38:49 PM
The old country folk simply wouldn't believe the nonsense would they Ladybird? We cared and looked after our animals well - as you also did I guess, they were never treated cruelly and during their life they were as happy as could be. I don't remember any children dying as a result of the work they were given, they learned to be sensible and mature. If they did have the odd small accident they learned from it. We had freedom and we were all exceptionally happy, without being wrapped in cotton wool, stopped from doing anything more dangerous than play a game console. What has the modern age of the last thirty years produced? A whole generation of gormless, helpless, useless & disrespectful youngsters that couldn't look after a guinea pig much less a real pig! Doesn't anyone stop to think for how many thousands of years things were done a different way that was a thousand times better than what we have today. It just depresses me to think about this mad world we live in and what it holds for our children and grandchildren.
 usf:-(
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Post by: scary crow on November 26, 2014, 08:36:25 PM
All this talk of pork is making me hungry            cwl:-]    I fancy a bacon buttie now ...
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Post by: Westheathdave on November 26, 2014, 11:13:14 PM
 RedFaced:-( The nearest I got to killing a pig was my dad had chickens in the garden for eggs when I was about 3-4 years old and I used to go and get the eggs with my bare hands dropping some on my way back to the house. Sadly no pigs only guinea pigs and rabbits a few years later but I never ate my rabbits would never have dreamed of harming my "Snowey" a lovely white albino rabbit.  what:-{
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Post by: Lottylady on November 27, 2014, 02:57:51 PM
well Im an inbetweener.....mainly eat veg....have eggs from guy at lotty....was part raised on farms in Wales......meat was a treat......not like up here in packets every day of the week.

The chickens are on the news.....contaminated...Asdas named as worst....but I can go there pick up a frozen chicken and there are sandpaper marks where they scrape off the urine marks when chick is contained so much it sits in its own waste. Pumped full of water, antibiotics, steroids......then where has the meat come from? Processed many miles away.....yuk.

it is completely different from lovingly raised an animal.....then it is precious......so if I eat meat round here I very carefully source it. But its so expensive I can't really afford it. We have a farmers market so sometimes I go near closing time and find a bargain. I might try a bit of mutton...as a new butchers has opened and sells it. An old sheep that has lived a good life I hope.

This xmas Ive bought a frozen nut roast from Cook....cheating but with all the veg Im happy.

Went up plot.....raked leaves off paths and grass...put on raspberry beds......very wet and muddy.....no sign of tree men....swept leaves off shed and greenhouse roof as I want them visible to climbing tree men. Funny thing councils.....all those emails then zilch?
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Post by: Big Gee on November 27, 2014, 03:42:40 PM
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Funny thing councils.....all those emails then zilch?

That sounds about right! A big song & dance to make you think they needed to start yesterday - you 'll probably find it's way in the future. They have a strange habit of doing things like that - or they tell you NOTHING and try to sneak things past you in a flash!

What passes as 'meat' is often not a lot better than tarted up muck. Little wonder that there's so much disease about and so many unhealthy people in western societies. The other disgrace is the way the animals used for that meat have been treated.

Have you noticed how bacon or a joint of pork sometimes smells horrible when it's cooking? Someone was telling me that on big pig farms they keep the animals on concrete with no bedding and they have to lie down in their own mess (like those chickens you mentioned) consequently the urine and faeces gets absorbed into the flesh and taints the meat - do you reckon that's healthy? I don't - it IS enough to put you off meat. Not like that lovely shoulder of pork I got off Tommo when he and Ruth came to visit!  ThU5:-)

It's still in the freezer - waiting for Christmas Tommo!  CThUpD:-)



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Post by: Poppa Tommo on November 30, 2014, 11:42:28 PM
Ah yes, that lovely shoulder of pork....I hope you are going to do it justice by roasting it loooong and slooow.

In the meanatime I have managed to dig up a root of my new trial of Yacon growing (thanks to Spuds)

And here is my very first one. Not bad for a first attempt.

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And here is the good lady wife giving them a try. Nice and raw, they are quite amazing really. Simply washed thoroughly and bite away. Crunchy, fresh tasting and, strangely enough, sort of thirst quenching in a refreshing way. We also had them in a chicken stir fry tonight (one of Ruth's specialities) where they very closely resemble water chestnuts in flavour and texture. I wholly recommend them to everyone.

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Post by: spuds on December 01, 2014, 09:12:58 AM
WELL DONE tommo AND RUTH clap:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on December 01, 2014, 10:46:46 AM
That looks like a picture of the 'good life' Tommo!  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: aftermidnight on December 01, 2014, 11:58:16 PM
OK, educate me on Yacon, I'm not familiar with it. Is it grown from a root or seed? Is it something new or.... have I been living under a rock  Blush:-(

Everything is still frozen solid here, our first frost was a killer this year. It's too cold to go out and do much right now. I think I've mentioned before I'm into heirloom varieties of veggies and I finally managed to get my hands on a couple of Broome Longkeeper potato onions and a couple of top setters, McCullar's White and Red Catawissas, still looking for Fleener's Topset. These are getting as scarce as hens's teeth over here. These I've got squirrelled away until the spring.

One of the Heirloom Seed Companies here in Canada is going to trial an Italian pole bean I've been growing since 1965. This one arrived in my neighbourhood in 1911 brought by an Italian immigrant. I think I was the only one still growing this bean here, I have given this bean to several people but it would be nice if it will be made available to anyone who wants it in the next couple of years. Just by chance I found out the history of this particular bean and was able to give some back to the grandson of the lady who originally brought them with her when she immigrated, the family had lost these along with another little bean she used for baked beans, alas that one is gone forever.

I just came in from the greenhouse, you can hardly move in it, all my tender things along with my succulent collection are stored for the winter, just enough room to wiggle around with the watering can.
I have a small electric heater on a timer and try to keep the temp around 40 degrees F. through the winter months, I keep saying I should cut back but never seem to manage that, just keep adding more.

I hoping my rhubarb comes back, had this patch for donkey's years but last spring I was shocked to find most had rotted, never had this happen before. I dug out the bits that were still firm and replanted. They grew well and I didn't pick any so fingers crossed it comes back nice and healthy in the spring.

Enough rambling, again fingers crossed it warms up a bit so I can get out and do a little more cleanup.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on December 02, 2014, 12:23:06 AM
You keep warm Annette!

Spuds & Tommo are the yacon experts - pick their brains!

No real frost here yet - just mild ground-frost on some mornings. Our friends on the forum who live more inland to the east have had a bit of frost though. Although you're roughly on the same latitude as me it's amazing the difference in summers and winters there compared to here. In fact we are just about on the same latitude as Winnipeg. Not quite the same weather as Winnipeg though!

I've heard you mention that Italian pole bean before Annette - what's it called?

Sounds as if you may have had a bit of crown rot there on your rhubarb - rhubarb should love life in Canada as it's natural place of origin is Siberia. Apparently it grows wild on the banks of the Volga. It's waterlogging that causes rotting. Whilst it typically has a life span of about 80 years, it's good practice to split the crown & replant it every five years or so. That's probably the best thing you did with it - to replant it. It'll probably get a new lease of life now  ThU5:-)
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Post by: aftermidnight on December 02, 2014, 02:37:48 AM
Gee, before I knew the history of this particular bean I gave it the name 'Auntie Vi' ( Vi for Vancouver Island) :). I inquired on GW if anyone knew which variety I had and then started comparing mine with the suggestions given. The closest I came to them was one called 'Uncle Steve' this one came to the U.S. from Sicily about the same time. For two years it was quite the journey, with beans arriving from near and far to see if I could find a match but no cigar  :blank:
I ended up with a crisper drawer in the fridge full of different heirloom bean seeds, that did it, the addiction started ;).

Quite by accident I found what I was looking for, the grandson of the lady who brought these beans over from Italy was a co-worker of my hubbys, I'd known him for years. We got to talking one day and the subject of what I'd been up to lately came up at a local dahlia show, I used to show dahlias, he still does. I told him about my Italian beans and how I was trying to find out their history. When I told him what little I knew about them he thought they might be one of the beans his grandmother brought with her when she immigrated. I showed him the beans and the seed, he recognized them as his grandmothers, mystery solved. I changed the name to 'Emilia's Italian Pole bean' in honer of his grandmother. It turns out his grandmother lived on the same street I do now only she was about a mile down the road from me. I don't grow it every year but every couple of years, it's a favourite of mine.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on December 02, 2014, 11:16:07 AM
That's fascinating Annette. When you get the odd half a dozen to spare I'd love to give them a go here in the Land of Song!
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Post by: Mike_Young on December 02, 2014, 12:51:36 PM
Now things have slowed down and while the weather is somewhat inclement, I spent the day yesterday, cleaning and repairing some tools. I had the misfortune to break a couple of handles whilst digging a new plot, I also saved a couple of fork and spades that had been thrown in the allotment skip, just for the want of fitting new handles.
A job well worth doing. I can't abide waste and now have several more good tools at less than half the price of new ones. :-)
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Post by: Big Gee on December 02, 2014, 02:03:28 PM
A man after my own heart Mike!

It strikes me that most of the 'modern' allotment gardeners don't actually know how to fit a new handle. They just haven't got the basic skills to do the job. And as common sense is a rare commodity they can't work it out neither.

I heard on the radio on Sunday that some survey result showed that only 8% of the population knew how to change a fuse in a plug. It also discovered that over 40% of electric appliances get thrown out when they stop working, all for the sake of a blown fuse. There's a lot of waking up to be done when things start to go pear shaped in our consumerist world!
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Post by: aftermidnight on December 02, 2014, 04:21:02 PM
OK Gee, I'll send a few Emilia's along with the Cherokee Green Grape tomato seeds, I'll leave this till sometime in the new year, you never know what else may find it's way into the package :).

Talking about tools, 2013 as you know was not a good year for me, when I finally got back up on my feet my balance was not good at all but that didn't stop me getting out in the garden. I got my hubby to make me a helpmate. I bought a D grip replacement handle for a spade and my hubby fitted a length of rebar in the business end of it. I got in amongst my plants to weed, hanging on to it for balance, didn't trod on a single thing. I find I'm still using it, big feet, little space between plants, works like a hot damn.   lol(1)
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on December 02, 2014, 04:38:17 PM
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My little BEAN QUEEN!

Good idea to leave it till later in the new year - with all the Christmas traffic there's more of a risk of things getting lost or delayed. Thanks!
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Post by: squirrel on December 02, 2014, 11:43:00 PM
I'm slowly getting back into some sort of routine down on the 'lost plot' after a year of near neglect due to the allotment war.

I arrived at 8.30am and soon realised it was colder than I first thought so after setting my companion a few body warming tasks outside, like clearing spent crops and digging I harvested the last of the beetroot and Kohl Rabbi and took a few more carrots from under the straw. Spinach is still growing well as is the celery. I haven't as yet taken any of the Jerusalem artichokes but I think the time is near.

I know its a bit late but I lifted the gnarled clumps of bearded iris rhizomes, took them into the poly tunnel and decided to split them into healthier sized plants. Some were planted into pots and some into the unused poly tunnel bed.  So far I have well over six dozen potential new plants which I will over winter in the tunnel because it is so late to be doing this.

The strawberry plants that were potted up earlier in the year were also brought into the tunnel in the hope of a lovely early crop next year.

We re-felted the roof of one of the sheds last Friday and the wet spot inside seems to be drying out.
Someone has brought two young cats onto the site and they were again desperate for company. Friday they were wrapping themselves around my legs or up on the roof trying to help my friend lay the roof felt. I know someone comes to feed them twice a day but I really think they are a little young to be left to the elements at this time of the year.

Thankfully most of the weeds that have taken hold seem to be annual soft weeds so they were dug in as green manure.

I now have to work through the pain barrier of unused muscles as I get myself back into the work that is needed.

Rhubarb is showing new buds just emerging from the ground.  I have a gigantic Yacon root in my kitchen in a trug that I have yet to decide what to do with. Since bringing it indoors several days ago, complete with soil ball, I have dribbled a little water on it each day. It has decided to start back into growth, so I must set to and split the tuber and replant the small ones to over winter for next year.

It's good to feel the heel on the steel again.
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Post by: scary crow on December 02, 2014, 11:56:52 PM
Great to hear that you are getting back into your plot squirrel you will soon have it back in shape and be looking forward to the next growing season ..    Dont overdo it though or those unused muscles will give you pain and that will knock you back take it easy your get to the end of the work eventually ....
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Post by: Big Gee on December 03, 2014, 10:39:16 AM
BRILLIANT news Fluffy!  clap:-)

You sound as if you're back in harness & the tenor of your post suggests you're a lot happier than you have been for months! I'm so pleased. You enjoy your plot and let the mad world of the horrible people who have given you strife over the year drift into oblivion.  CW ;-)
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Post by: Lottylady on December 03, 2014, 11:24:29 AM
so good to see you back Squirrel....after all that brain ache......sheer hard work....glad you are back at the plot.

My son has pencilled 21st and 22nd....my xmas prez......fix new walnut mantelpiece, fit new to me retro radiator....a plumber will do that......and RAISED BEDS !!! at my plot.......a new bark path.....with 5 raised beds....scaff planks ready.....now this will be quite funny....son and my roles change......he is site foreman and I am the labourer......the banter is hilarious.....he thinks I can work the same pace as one of his young labourers.....but we surprisingly work well together........so we will blitz the plot together just before the festivities. Hoping ground won't be frozen.

Take care Squirrel.....respect to the back.....x
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Post by: Big Gee on December 03, 2014, 11:34:29 AM
Sounds like you have a son to be proud of there Lottylady! The type of boy that makes every mother's heart glad. Make the most of him - sons like that are a rare comodity. Sounds as if he's a 'one in a million'.

It's easy to buy your mother a present when all you have to do is dip into your pocket, but when someone actually puts in that effort it's giving on a different scale. Treasure him and spend as much time as you can with him I say. 
:-)=
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Post by: spuds on December 03, 2014, 04:19:02 PM
well I have just got back from the plot spent 2hrs there done a bit, talked a while longer!!
cut my autumn raspberry's down to ground level and cleared out some of the weeds
left the door to fruit cage open so as the birds can go in and clear any bugs that are around    ThU32:-)

hope go down tomorrow and finish off
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Post by: Big Gee on December 03, 2014, 04:21:31 PM
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well I have just got back from the plot spent 2hrs there done a bit, talked a while longer!!
cut my autumn raspberry's down to ground level and cleared out some of the weeds
left the door to fruit cage open so as the birds can go in and clear any bugs that are around    ThU32:-)

hope go down tomorrow and finish off

Perfect weather for it Spuds - if it was anything like here today  ThU5:-)
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Post by: scary crow on December 03, 2014, 07:34:27 PM
Well myself Mrs crow and the hounds ventured to the plot today with loads and loads of kitchen waste as we have not been able to get over there a good friend lent us his 2 wheeled barrow and we bagged up all the waste and strapped it onto the barrow and off we headed I took the dogs and lady crow dragged the barrow ...    We see a fellow grower when we arrived after finding a path through the slop and mud caused by the tractors had a chat then dropped off the waste and while we was there we dug a few parsnips, swedes ,  and turnips and pulled up a nice cabbage then we trudged back home for a nice cuppa    HTT:-} HTT:-} 
     
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Post by: Mike_Young on December 03, 2014, 08:25:21 PM
Sounds like an ideal lotty visit Scary. ThU5:-)

We went down to our plots today, The boss got on with weeding her flower beds while I got on with digging a bit more of my new area. This proved to be a bit on the heavy side due to us being on clay and it had rained yesterday, so I fell back on another job. Last week I was lucky enough to find for sale some old Chase barn cloches. They had to be dismantled for transportation, so today I re assembled them. All went well with no breakages  ThU432:-)

Finished the day with a nice cup of hot chocolate in the Summerhouse then off home.

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Post by: scary crow on December 03, 2014, 08:42:49 PM
Yes was a great visit to the plot have really missed being able to get there lately had to take it easy walking over and stop and rest a few times  but I dident mind that as it meant I could stand there and enjoy looking at the bird life ...  Good to hear that your cloches went together well without any breakages ....
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Post by: Big Gee on December 03, 2014, 10:55:09 PM
Well you and Mike have put me to shame Scary! It was a lovely sunny day here - as it has been for a few days - but cold. I promised myself a visit to the plot - hoping do do the last bit of rotavating of the last couple of beds I cleared a few weeks back, but having gone to the shop to get our weekly rag I decided it was too cold. Winter is not a nice for us cold weather whimps! So Big Bertha did not get her work-out!

Delicate work those glass panes Mike - I'm surprised you came through the ordeal without at least one accident.
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Post by: scary crow on December 03, 2014, 11:30:16 PM
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Well you and Mike have put me to shame Scary! It was a lovely sunny day here - as it has been for a few days - but cold. I promised myself a visit to the plot - hoping do do the last bit of rotavating of the last couple of beds I cleared a few weeks back, but having gone to the shop to get our weekly rag I decided it was too cold. Winter is not a nice for us cold weather whimps! So Big Bertha did not get her work-out!

Delicate work those glass panes Mike - I'm surprised you came through the ordeal without at least one accident.



It was chilly here today but at least it was dry dont really feel the cold once you start walking or working ..    Big Bertha will be demanding a divorce if you dont give her a regular workout     lol(1)   .
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on December 04, 2014, 10:40:42 PM
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OK, educate me on Yacon, I'm not familiar with it. Is it grown from a root or seed? Is it something new or.... have I been living under a rock  Blush:-(

Well I'm no expert on Yacon as this is my first year. But I followed Spuds' instructions to the letter and they all seemed to turn out well. I treated them just like potatoes, plenty of muck, deply dug but planted them about 2ft apart as they need room. They very conveniently present you with a two part tuber; the big part that you eat with a sort of 'crown' at the top of the tuber that has the dormant shoots that you break up and plant the following year.

Here is a link to the company that sells them over here. I think you would need to find a supplier of the dormant shot bulblett type thing in Canada as posting them from here would be the same a psoting you some seed potatoes whch would be very expensive. Anyway this link gives you all the info and planting/growing/harvesting instructions.

http://www.realseeds.co.uk/unusualtubers.html

They grow very tall (here's a link to the post I put up on here back in October time so you can see what I mean)

http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php/topic,94.msg12552.html#msg12552
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Post by: Big Gee on December 04, 2014, 10:48:04 PM
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It was chilly here today but at least it was dry dont really feel the cold once you start walking or working ..    Big Bertha will be demanding a divorce if you dont give her a regular workout     lol(1)   .

Yes the old girl is probably feeling a bit lonely - I'll HAVE to try and make it up to her one of these days! I'd hate to think we'd ever get divorced on the grounds of dessertion!  ROL :-))
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Post by: Big Gee on December 04, 2014, 10:51:04 PM
YESSSS!! The 'King' is back!! (http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;attach=660;type=avatar)

We missed you Tommo the old Shed didn't feel the same without you  cry:-(
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Post by: scary crow on December 04, 2014, 10:59:05 PM
Yes I will agree 100% with that good to have you back Tommo ..
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on December 04, 2014, 10:59:40 PM
AWWWWW YOU BIG SOFTIES Blush:-(
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Post by: aftermidnight on December 05, 2014, 12:03:52 AM
Thanks for the info Tommy, Spuds emailed me some information on them, much appreciated. Not readily available in Canada that I can see but I'll be on the lookout for them. Once I get a bee in my bonnet about something  lol(1)

I'm sure someone over here will be growing them, tracking them down is just a matter of time.

Annette
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Post by: aftermidnight on December 10, 2014, 05:49:51 PM
Well I've searched and searched, so far no luck  usf:-(
Those of you that are growing Yacon, have you ever collected seed from the flowers or are they sterile? I can't find anyone growing Yacon in Canada, I bet there is but I haven't been able to ferret them out. It's a different story in the states but again I haven't found anyone who will ship to Canada, anyways this would probably require an import permit or at least a phyto certificate.  I could start haunting health food stores but at best they would only have the tubers not the part (crown?) you plant.

Annette
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Post by: scary crow on December 10, 2014, 08:23:23 PM
Well I do like a challenge to find something  ..      Im not a grower of yacon and from what I,ve seen and read growers eat the larger tubers and replant the crown that has the smaller tubers on them maybe if you could obtain larger tubers from a food store they may well sprout as to me they look like the tubers of Dahlias and when you seperate there tubers they resprout when potted maybe one of the growers on here could let us know if the larger tubers would sprout and grow ..   Have read it,s diffulcult to get seed and hard to get it to germinate ...
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Post by: Westheathdave on December 10, 2014, 09:01:07 PM
Have just had a look at the web site with the yacon tubers on looks very interesting might give em a go. Nice alternative to substitute the spud.  ThU:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on December 10, 2014, 10:54:13 PM
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Well I've searched and searched, so far no luck  usf:-(
Those of you that are growing Yacon, have you ever collected seed from the flowers or are they sterile? I can't find anyone growing Yacon in Canada, I bet there is but I haven't been able to ferret them out. It's a different story in the states but again I haven't found anyone who will ship to Canada, anyways this would probably require an import permit or at least a phyto certificate.  I could start haunting health food stores but at best they would only have the tubers not the part (crown?) you plant.

Annette

I'm sure Tommo or Spuds would come the the aid of a damsel in distress - try flickering your eye lashes Annette!!!  CW ;-)
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Post by: scary crow on December 11, 2014, 06:58:26 PM
There is a man on E,Bay selling yacon says he will send it worldwide he is in Portugal if interested type in Yacon tips ...
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Post by: Lottylady on December 12, 2014, 01:00:07 PM
Fell down the stairs monday morning......landed knees first on porcelain tiled floor....left foot bruised right arm aching. Rested...furious as it was a bright clear day and wanted to work at plot.

Rested most of week....just picking up leaves at home....want to be up plot but it is too windy.
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Post by: Big Gee on December 12, 2014, 02:18:53 PM
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Fell down the stairs monday morning......landed knees first on porcelain tiled floor....left foot bruised right arm aching. Rested...furious as it was a bright clear day and wanted to work at plot.

Rested most of week....just picking up leaves at home....want to be up plot but it is too windy.

The lottie can wait Lottylady. Get yourself sorted first. That sounds like a nasty fall. I often get frustrated when I want to do something and the weather is bright and beckoning, and I'm feeling 'crook' but do you know what? The weather will always be there some time or other, chill out and ignore the weather, you can't enjoy what you want to do anyway - regardless of the weather - if you're in pain.
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Post by: dimogga on December 12, 2014, 03:25:46 PM
I've planted some raspberries. Valentina, summer fruiting ones.
Two pairs of gloves  and I was still cold.
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Post by: Westheathdave on December 12, 2014, 04:20:14 PM
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Fell down the stairs monday morning......landed knees first on porcelain tiled floor....left foot bruised right arm aching. Rested...furious as it was a bright clear day and wanted to work at plot.

Rested most of week....just picking up leaves at home....want to be up plot but it is too windy.
Thank goodness it was not more serious you could have broken your leg or worse never mind the allotment get better first it can wait it is not as tho it peek growing season.
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Post by: scary crow on December 12, 2014, 08:07:29 PM
So sorry to hear that you have had a tumble lottylady  but lucky as dave said that you never broke anything ...  Dont worry about the plot you will get more good days that you can get there and get things done....     Im well behind with my plot  this year but Im happy as long as I have got things done by springtime ..
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on December 18, 2014, 10:07:40 PM
Landing on your knees on a hard floor. I hate that. Bad luck, you.

Looks like you are taking your time and listening to your body. Many of us should take a leaf out of your book...too many times we tell ourselves that we can just get on as normal instead of pacing ourselves sensibly.
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Post by: Lottylady on December 23, 2014, 11:36:12 AM
Well rested a whole week......so trotted down plot.....very windy and the trees were bare....no sign of any tree men whatsoever. Had lunch in my shed. A precious space I share with my dogs. Fed the fish,birds + squirrel. Watered sweet peas. Tidied up compost. Really want to get stuck into building new central path but just pottered about. Picked brussels + kale.

Son is working away so my 2 days of labour have been put on hold. I told him not to worry and that I was so proud of him.....remembering the days he was at college and we struggled a bit with fares + money but it was all worth it now he is qualified and earning well. We can do raised beds when he has the time.
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Post by: scary crow on December 23, 2014, 06:48:52 PM
Good to hear that you are making a recovery lottylady and you had a enjoyable visit to your plot .  If it,s the council cutting those trees they will be standing for a while yet as they will be in no rush now due to the holiday season .. 

 I too managed a walk to my plot today I had to take the dogs for a walk so headed for the plot while i was there I collected a cabbage and some brussels forgot to take a bag so thank god for poachers pockets in my coat the veg fitted very nicely then had a chat with a couple of fellow growers and  walked home with the dogs as it started to get a bit windier and the sky looked like it might have dumped a shower of rain on me ..
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Post by: Big Gee on December 23, 2014, 07:50:39 PM
I'm glad you're out and about again Lottylady!  ThU32:-)

Well I had a WONDERFUL time today (not). Spent all morning nursing my cold and wheezing chest, spent all afternoon in town in pouring rain - then spent a couple of hours with a HSBC bank manager opening a new bank account - what fun! Gone are the days of sauntering up to a bank's counter & just opening an account - oh no - now it's a two hour job with a manager who does all sorts of security & credit checks & fills in a woodland's worth of forms, he even insisted that I sign a form from Barak Obama's administration - just in case I decide to do a Google or Starbucks tax dodge by registering our charity abroad!! For God's sake! Charities don't even pay tax in the first place! I'm convinced the whole capitalist world is certifiable!

I had to sign that form because HSBC have signed up to an international agreement spawned by the US to plug tax dodges. "I DON'T BELIEVE IT!"


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Post by: Westheathdave on December 24, 2014, 11:44:06 AM
 ROL :-))  ROL :-)) WELL I BLOODY WELL DO BELIEVE IT THE WORLDS GONE MAD!!!!
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Post by: Lottylady on December 27, 2014, 03:14:45 PM


I got new boots for crimbo.....very comfy almost springy compared to my 10 yr old boots. So bounced up to plot to have a look......empty ....not a person in sight. Sat in shed ate my sardines....feeling quite fortunate to have a shed....somewhere I can sit in and stare out door at the view. Got a few pics of flowers + a calendar which cheer me up as I think what to grow next year. Then cheated rang son who drove to pick me + dogs up.....dogs not used to motors.....excited at seeing son then settled looking out window drove us home in the rain.

Hope all ok in the snowy areas  HAGD :-)
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Post by: scary crow on December 27, 2014, 08:21:09 PM
Think most allotments will be quiet well unless your collecting some veggies I never ventured to mine today too wet and the rain has made the muddy areas come back to life just as they were drying up will maybe try and get there tomorrow got lots of kitchen waste to go into the compost heap ...       
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Post by: Marie Elaine on December 27, 2014, 09:18:47 PM
Real treat today. I went on up the hill to the poly tunnel to see if all, was ok, and mess around a bit. I decided to clear away the wilted tops of the Occa, and see what was going on underneath, and joy of joys what a bounty. This was a patch that was planted for me by mice last year. They seem to like Occa, and had buried some nice juicy tubers All over the tunnel. I left a few to grow, and it was one of these that I looked at today. Every  bit of earth  I  scraped away had a lovely bunch of gleaming orange nuggets, looking like a  parrot had been  laying eggs in the ground. Really amazing. So we had a handful for dinner. I'll  need to get backup there and clear away the restbefore the mice get to them again, but what alt on a old, windy, snowy afternoon.
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Post by: scary crow on December 28, 2014, 12:08:25 AM
Hello Marie
                Well that must have been a lovely surprise to find all that occa growing so well makes a change that the mice have done some good they seem like good gardeners and knew it would grow better in the tunnel ..  Have read a few posts about the occa on here but have never grown it myself ..  Glad you enjoyed your meal it,s so nice to be able to eat your own fresh produce ..  Right must get the chair and bull whip out and start training the mice that have set up home in my shed all they seem to do is destroy things unlike yours ... Good to see you on the forum Marie dont be a stranger we need more female growers here they grow and also have the knowledge to cook the resulting veggies .. So welcome dont be a stranger hope you had a good christmas and are looking forward to the new growing season that will be upon us before we know whats happening ...
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Post by: Big Gee on December 28, 2014, 11:25:10 AM
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Real treat today. I went on up the hill to the poly tunnel to see if all, was ok, and mess around a bit. I decided to clear away the wilted tops of the Occa, and see what was going on underneath, and joy of joys what a bounty. This was a patch that was planted for me by mice last year. They seem to like Occa, and had buried some nice juicy tubers All over the tunnel. I left a few to grow, and it was one of these that I looked at today. Every  bit of earth  I  scraped away had a lovely bunch of gleaming orange nuggets, looking like a  parrot had been  laying eggs in the ground. Really amazing. So we had a handful for dinner. I'll  need to get backup there and clear away the restbefore the mice get to them again, but what alt on a old, windy, snowy afternoon.

Wow! Gardening mice - that's a new one!

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Must have been a lovely surprise for you Marie!  ThU432:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on December 28, 2014, 12:14:22 PM
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Real treat today. I went on up the hill to the poly tunnel to see if all, was ok, and mess around a bit. I decided to clear away the wilted tops of the Occa, and see what was going on underneath, and joy of joys what a bounty. This was a patch that was planted for me by mice last year. They seem to like Occa, and had buried some nice juicy tubers All over the tunnel. I left a few to grow, and it was one of these that I looked at today. Every  bit of earth  I  scraped away had a lovely bunch of gleaming orange nuggets, looking like a  parrot had been  laying eggs in the ground. Really amazing. So we had a handful for dinner. I'll  need to get backup there and clear away the restbefore the mice get to them again, but what alt on a old, windy, snowy afternoon.
RedFaced:-( Well how about that mice planting for you that's unique. I got a squirrel that digs holes on my plot but he has not learnt how to plant anything yet.  cmu:-)
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Post by: squirrel on December 28, 2014, 05:20:41 PM
I wonder if any mice have been busy anywhere else or are you especially blessed with these inventive and industrious little creatures.

I'm afraid I've done nothing at the allotment over Christmas, and hope the iris, yacon and hop vines survive under blankets in the polytunnel.
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Post by: Big Gee on December 30, 2014, 03:02:34 PM
It doesn't often happen - but the last two days have been beautiful, we had hoped against hope that would have been the case when our No2 son Damian his partner Alyson & little five year old Aaron came down from Birkenhead - as it turned out it was perfect!

Damian had got this list off the National Trust of 50 things to do before you're 11¾. If you'd like a copy click on the 'Download' button:
(http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/pics/Butt_download_ani-gif.gif) (http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/pdfs/50_things_to_do_before_ur_11+threequarters.pdf)
One of the things on the list is "Plant it, grow it, eat it". So I promised Aaron that when he came to visit in the winter he could plant an apple tree on my lottie. So the weather was a big factor! Thanks to Tommo - I had a Cornish Gillifloer sapling that he'd kindly given me when he and Ruth visited us - so it was earmarked for the job.

Yesterday was the long awaited day for the job - and the weather was perfect!. Here are a few photos (the one that looks like an over-grown garden gnome is moi!) :

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And after all that hard work - a little rest whilst feeding the ducks on the river Aeron that passes by the lottie site!

(http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/pics/aaron-ducks-02.jpg)

(http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/pics/aaron-ducks-01.jpg)

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! And another one to tick off the list. They went home today. Aaron was crying last night when he went to bed - because it was his last day & he had to go back today. That was worth all the the other things that the holidays brought & probably something that will stay with him for the rest of his life. Priceless, it's really what life is all about isn't it?

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Post by: Lottylady on December 30, 2014, 04:44:28 PM
oh thats lovely to see bee gee. so important to show and share  the growing planting tips to the young ones.......and he can watch the tree grow.

Had little visitors today as well...we too visited the pond to feed the ducks but it was frozen and the ducks could not reach us. The children had such fun finding bits of ice....feeding the pigeons....we walked round other side and fed the ducks.

We walked round the garden to check all was ok after the heavy frost...they looked closely at a dormant rose and its thorns....little one asked ..'are you sure it will flower next year?'

Even though they townies when they visit many its like being in the countryside. Oh and big sacks of bird seed keep little hands very busy.

They learn so much from grandparents xxxx

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Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 01, 2015, 09:07:39 AM
Fantastic set of picture memories, there, Gee.

How lovely to see Aaron joining his grandad planting the Cornish Gilliflower. I'm sure it will do very well in your capable hands, plus, it it designed for the Westerly weather having originated from Truro in Cornwall. By all accounts it is a very versatile, delicious apple.

Happy New Year indeed.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 01, 2015, 12:44:26 PM
Yes it should feel quite at home here. Apparently it's well suited to wet conditions & westerly winds. It'll be like 'home from home' for it!

Thanks again for introducing me to it - so kind of you - and it's also a permanent reminder of your trip to see us and your grafting skills! Do you remember what root stock you used Tommo?
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 02, 2015, 08:55:04 AM
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Yes it should feel quite at home here. Apparently it's well suited to wet conditions & westerly winds. It'll be like 'home from home' for it!

Thanks again for introducing me to it - so kind of you - and it's also a permanent reminder of your trip to see us and your grafting skills! Do you remember what root stock you used Tommo?


I used 2 types of rootstock: M25 (for larger standard type trees), and M106 (for smaller gardens). Yours was a 106 as I wasn't sure of the space you would have or it. As it is it will still do 10ft or more and produce plenty of crisp, juicy apples in a couple of years or so.

When I plant a new fruit tree I take ALL the flowers off for the first year to concentrate the energy into the roots. Seems to work as flowers are quite plentiful the following year.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 02, 2015, 11:46:15 AM
Oh good - I'm glad it's an M106 (MM106?), because the spot I earmarked for it was not ideal for an M26 - at the edge of my rhubarb patch - it also is a bit wet there at times M26 root stock is not so good in wet, clay soils where it is rather moribund. I only put it there because I had no room where my other fruit trees are and it was a case of having to do because I needed a spot that would suit Aaron more than the tree!

The M26 is 'semi dwarfing' (approx 10 foot) the MM106 is - I believe - classed as a 'semi vigorous' (approx 14 foot).

There is a school of though that says it's wise to remove all fruit buds in the first year, to allow the tree to establish before it starts fruiting. I don't do it personally, I tend to leave that to nature (and perhaps I have a lazy streak in me!) , however, it is a popular practice amongst some fruit growers.

Thank you for it Tommo - it will be a lasting monument to your kindness!  ThU:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 02, 2015, 08:07:21 PM
What a coincidence the other half has bought her brother an apple tree this Christmas for the triplets she does not know what the root stock is though she bought it from B&Q of all places will have to keep an eye on its progress. I will try and find out what it is as I am curious.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 02, 2015, 09:25:28 PM
Seen this page have you Dave?

http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php/board,68.0.html (http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php/board,68.0.html)

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Post by: Westheathdave on January 03, 2015, 01:29:21 AM
 Grin2:-) Thanks Gee had seen it in the dim distant past seeing it jogged my memory (What's left of it  cmu:-) )
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Post by: Lottylady on January 03, 2015, 04:43:15 PM
Ive been looking + admiring we are only allowed dwarf rootstocks....M27 no big trees allowed at plots. So Im thinking of some cordons or even stepovers.....but have been working on structuring plot and not ready yet.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 03, 2015, 09:35:01 PM
I've got espaliers - that way you can use standard size root stocks Lottylady, without being stuck with dwarf trees!
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Post by: Lottylady on January 03, 2015, 10:39:53 PM
Good idea.......I used to have an elderly pear tree, 2 cherry trees + a twin trunked walnut tree.....they kept me quite busy......lots of walnut cake.

At this smaller home I have a silver birch , a rowan and a small olive.

Just have raspberries and red, black,white currents ........next fruit trees. Espaliers would need a framework ...?
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Post by: Big Gee on January 04, 2015, 12:56:58 PM
Yes they would need a frame, but that's not a big problem. Two stout stakes either end and then stakes in between with plain wire strung along. Should be a dawdle for your boy Lottylady! Check out this 'Gardening Wisdom' in our 'Shed' Lottylady:
http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/gardening_wisdoms/training_fruit_trees.htm (http://gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/gardening_wisdoms/training_fruit_trees.htm)

Here's a link to the type of plain wire you need for your supports:
http://www.tfmsuperstore.co.uk/shop/fencing-wire-plain_supplies_164.html (http://www.tfmsuperstore.co.uk/shop/fencing-wire-plain_supplies_164.html)

Also more handy info. below:

(http://yearroundharvest.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/apple-espalier-trellis.jpg?w=584&h=451)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2qb25W7c2Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRU-mlKwXNw

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: toptaff on January 05, 2015, 03:20:00 PM
What did I do  in the garden today?
I wandered down to get some parsley from under it's cloche and felt how squelchy it was underfoot so moved away from plan A : Pruning the autumn raspberries & spreading some compost , straight to plan B: Namely ~ sitting at the kitchen table  looking at the garden , going through my packets of free seeds and deciding what I might or might not use.
I did a lot of contemplating /planning / musing  and apart from the decision that I would,after all,have to put a fence round my veg patchI reached very few  conclusions. I did,however manage to get through several mugs of tea.
Time well spent, I feel! ThU32:-)
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Post by: aftermidnight on January 05, 2015, 05:42:19 PM
I haven't ventured out into the garden today so far but yesterday I did go out and start taking the old foliage off some of the hellebore scattered around the garden, these were grown from seed from Ashwood Nursery. I have a winter flowering viburnum in bloom and my winter jasmine has popped a few flowers but when it starts this early and if we get a freeze it puts paid to that. Other then that everything looks dreary, soggy and wet.
Maybe this is one of the years we won't get snow, still got a couple more months to get through. The snowdrops are up and just starting to show a bit of white and I'm anxiously waiting to see if the english bluebells I planted have taken, this is my third time trying not as easy as those spanish bluebells which I have been digging out by the bucketful, don't seem to making a dent in them  ss:-(
Everything in the greenhouse is ticking over, all the new Brugmansias I bought last year are looking good along with the dozen or so fuchsia baskets I decided to keep. Everything is so crowded in there I hope I'm getting a bit of water to them all. I picked up some ivy geraniums at a end of season sale for 49 cents each, hope to take cuttings of them in the spring. The container of persian shield I moved to the greenhouse looks really good, it took me years to finally get my hands on a piece of this tender perennial so don't want to lose it.
I went out to the back forty (forty steps from the back door) :) the herbs I have in pots are hanging in, actually picked some fresh oregano for the shrimp, cucumber and feta cheese salad I made to go with the beef dip we had for dinner on New Years. I made a frozen lemon mousse for dessert, a family favourite. The other highlight of the season, we got to welcome another great grandchild to the family, Natalie Mae arrived on Dec. 27th.

I've got my main bean bed mapped out on paper, poles for 10 or 12 different varieties. In the back 40:) another 4 or 5 poles, two spots for a few bush beans  and a length of netting in a raised bed for another variety. The trellis of netting in the bed for my Aeron Purple Stars is up and waiting, I still have to add some more compost. Across from this is another bed that will have 4 more bean poles. The rest of the beans I plan to plant will be scattered around the garden wherever I can find a bit of bare earth.
Annette
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on January 05, 2015, 10:38:07 PM
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What did I do  in the garden today?
I wandered down to get some parsley from under it's cloche and felt how squelchy it was underfoot so moved away from plan A : Pruning the autumn raspberries & spreading some compost , straight to plan B: Namely ~ sitting at the kitchen table  looking at the garden , going through my packets of free seeds and deciding what I might or might not use.
I did a lot of contemplating /planning / musing  and apart from the decision that I would,after all,have to put a fence round my veg patchI reached very few  conclusions. I did,however manage to get through several mugs of tea.
Time well spent, I feel! ThU32:-)


Sounds like what I tend to do ALL the time in winter! Makes me feel better to know I'm not the only happy procrastinator!!  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on January 05, 2015, 10:46:28 PM
Whew!! You are like a work dynamo Annette! I can't muster up the enthusiasm to do ANYTHING outside at this time of the year. My only claim to a bit of work was planting an apple tree with my grandson a few days after Christmas. Since then I've been doing my bear act! In my own defence though I have been busy at my desk - I'm just polishing off a 54 page constitution for a new charitable incorporated organisation. It's quite a brain boiler, and being a male I don't multi task very well, so thinking about the great outdoors is not an option whilst I'm tapping away on my keyboard. In fact I've only been in the 'Shed' in spasms - it's just a break from thinking about clauses & sub clauses & sub sub clauses etc. etc,  spf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on January 17, 2015, 06:04:57 PM
A nice crisp walk to plot. The tree men had been twigs everywhere but the email said 42 trees to be 'removed' well all that was done was the lower branches trimmed.

I could have done it myself...... ROL :-))

So picked up twigs.....trimmed mauve bowles ....checked seeds.....pottered home.

Very happy corex/timber greenhouse solid and my shed.....perfect. Son gave me some super duper plastic for roof and it is doing the job.

Oh and met 2 ladies taken over the departing kiwi's plot. They seemed eager and friendly just got to play the long wait game for the end bit of my plot which I want back.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: toptaff on January 18, 2015, 07:01:17 PM
Today, I finished pruning the autumn raspberries, chopped the variegated elder almost to the ground ,ditto the mental buddleia,began "refreshing" the greenhouse, fed the birds & the parasitic cats,cleared away a lot of the  invasive lamium,fell on my arse a couple of times tugging at the wretch ,turned the compost & plkanned fencing off the veg patch.So, -it's all good!
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Post by: Big Gee on January 18, 2015, 09:11:30 PM
Well you must have kept the cold away with all that effort!  ROL :-))

Me? Too much of a cold weather whimp to even contemplate doing anything outside to just start warming myself up!  spf:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: wonky on January 18, 2015, 11:05:04 PM
Dug up the Blueberries and relocated them to small tubs of ericaceous compost (approx 50 litres each). This in turn allowed me to dig up a row of raspberries and relocate them to where the Blueberries had been. The raspberries had become overcrowded and needed to be moved. Thinned out the remaining raspberries and tied up the Blackberry which was doing its best to escape to the neighbouring plot!

Topped up the bird feeders retired to a safe distance and had my flask of warming tea.

Looks like Mr. Ratty may have set up home in one of the dalek compost bins but that's something for another day!

Wonky.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 19, 2015, 12:29:04 AM
Sounds idyllic that!  ThU5:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 19, 2015, 01:07:03 AM
Don't forget, Wonky, that those Blueberries need to have their feet in water. As soon as you see ANY sign of growth in the spring put the pots in a trough at least 5" deep and keep it fllled with water all year. Feed it aricacious feed this way as well and you should have bumper crops.
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Post by: wonky on January 19, 2015, 08:03:26 AM
Thanks for the reminder KT! I was hoping to cut the bottoms off my neighbours blue barrels to make large saucers/troughs. He is in the process of changing his barrels for one of those IPC containers but has already taken all but one of them to the dumpit site because he didn't think they were of any further use. I should have spoken up sooner! So if anyone can suggest where suitable troughs can be obtained for standing my small barrels in then I'm all ears!

Wonky.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 19, 2015, 01:56:45 PM
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Thanks for the reminder KT! I was hoping to cut the bottoms off my neighbours blue barrels to make large saucers/troughs. He is in the process of changing his barrels for one of those IPC containers but has already taken all but one of them to the dumpit site because he didn't think they were of any further use. I should have spoken up sooner! So if anyone can suggest where suitable troughs can be obtained for standing my small barrels in then I'm all ears!

Wonky.

Oh - what a shame! Where were his little grey cells when he did that?  spf:-(
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Post by: Lottylady on January 19, 2015, 02:18:49 PM
lovely sunshine.....frosty so a walk up the plot. Sowed some more sweet peas then some broad beans. Got cold frame ready. To wet to dig.....want to get on with central path but would get clogged up in seconds if I tried. Dug up some forget me nots to fill in gaps at home.

It must have been cold as the dogs stayed with me in greenhouse and shed.....warmer paws indoors  CThUpD:-)
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Post by: dimogga on January 19, 2015, 04:22:28 PM
Went and looked at the broken glass from my greenhouse and had a brew with a friend before going back in.
Too cold for moving broken glass today.

Going to need loads to replace it. :(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: wonky on January 19, 2015, 05:03:37 PM
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Oh - what a shame! Where were his little grey cells when he did that?  spf:-(

'Gone with the wind' comes to mind!!!!!!!  ROL :-))  lol(1)

Wonky.
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Post by: Westheathdave on January 19, 2015, 05:04:50 PM
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Don't forget, Wonky, that those Blueberries need to have their feet in water. As soon as you see ANY sign of growth in the spring put the pots in a trough at least 5" deep and keep it fllled with water all year. Feed it aricacious feed this way as well and you should have bumper crops.
Well I have been growing blueberries for 4 years now in pots and did not know that So hopefully if I do that i should double my yield as it has never been spectacular I have had a moderate crop but not as good as I expected to get as I have seen pictures of them heavily laden with berries. Umm Thanks for that info.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: wonky on January 22, 2015, 01:26:11 PM
In the topic 'A Few Pic's of the PLot' KT, aka our Tommo, mentioned that Blueberries originated as marsh plants so came to the conclusion that they would probably grow better with their feet in water. He also gave some good advice on feeding them etc

wonky.
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: wonky on January 22, 2015, 01:31:20 PM
Just a quick trip to the allotment to fill up the bird feeders and and to drop off the kitchen waste for the daleks. Too wet and cold to do anything else as the ground is still covered in snow.

Wonky.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 22, 2015, 07:12:12 PM
It's only the press-ganged trip with garden waste to the compost bins and the nagging for an odd leek or swede that gets me down my plot at the moment as well Wonky! Although we had a glorious day today, but as sod's law dictates I had to spend it in someone's office!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 22, 2015, 10:18:40 PM
Much the same here today had a walk with the dogs to the plot to empty the kitchen waste and while i was there collected some brussels , carrots . parsnips , and a few turnips and then had a gentle walk home the ground is drying out and should be ok if we dont get too much more rain .. 
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Post by: scary crow on January 23, 2015, 10:34:18 PM
Went to the plot yesterday as I have posted in the previous post while there we collected a few veg heres a piccy of a parsnip we pulled up sadly it snapped but it,s a foot long and a 14 inch circumference ....

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Post by: Westheathdave on January 23, 2015, 10:37:49 PM
ALL I CAN SAY SCARY IS "WHAT A WHOPPER" NOW LET ME THINK WHO ELSE SAID THAT UMM!!!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 23, 2015, 10:43:24 PM
What variety is that? Is it all woody heart or is it a good'n? If so how many roast dinners is that going to grace?

I didn't get any parsnips last year on account of the fact that I didn't sow any. This year will be different. I love parsnips.
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Post by: scary crow on January 23, 2015, 10:46:14 PM
Your never remember Dave .       ROL :-))   cant even remember what you did with that blazer ... cwl:-]
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on January 23, 2015, 10:51:20 PM
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What variety is that? Is it all woody heart or is it a good'n? If so how many roast dinners is that going to grace?

I didn't get any parsnips last year on account of the fact that I didn't sow any. This year will be different. I love parsnips.


Hello Tommo the variety is ''gladiator ''    a little tiny woody strip better than i thought it would be but thats easily pulled out think it,s going to last a few roast dinners ..    Same her i love parsnips last year made spicy parsnip soup was lovely .
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Post by: squirrel on January 23, 2015, 11:49:21 PM
Great parsnip scary, all my parsnips were finished sometime ago as I didn't sow enough last year.

The ground was frozen today so not groundwork done. However I did go to the Community Garden and we went through all the seeds and decided to sort out just what we had.

There was quite a few packs of old seed that had been given last year. In fact I haven't seen so many seeds outside a shop and it was all a bit overwhelming.
I suggested that it seemed a shame to throw them away but possibly a waste of precious ground space to sow them when we had a lot of fresh seeds for that. .... . We took all the seeds which can give micro leaves for salads and mixed them together. We can then grow them in trays as mixed micro-greens and if it works it can show people that you can grow some of the very expensive stuff in very limited space even without a garden or a greenhouse.

 RedFaced:-( I will be left red faced if it doesn't work   ss:-(
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Post by: scary crow on January 24, 2015, 12:14:35 AM
Hi fluffy we never seem to grow enough parsnips I do miss them when they have all been used up ..  Sounds like you had a good day at the community garden and im sure with your experience the micro greens  you grow will do well ..  Are you enjoying yourself at the community garden  ? . Hope your  not overdoing it trying to be in two places .. How,s it on your site now ? ..
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Post by: dimogga on January 24, 2015, 10:44:21 AM
Time to organise a seed swap if you have too many seeds?
We organised one last year at the local primary school. Didn't get a huge turnout but was nice to meet some new people
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Post by: Lottylady on January 24, 2015, 06:25:37 PM
well.........planned to put up 3 shelves with some beautiful cherub brackets I was given.....looked them up £20 each.......so painted them with hammerite and planned to put 3 shelves up by front door for some pots.

Fri eve....get a call......the cement is late. Very late .....son arrives 7.30 in the dark covered in dust + cement.

We try again sat after work......drill 2 holes and drill bit breaks. spf:-(

Off to look for spare drill bit and he is popping into work tomoro....so fingers crossed he finds one.

Sunday he says ....he wants to walk the dogs....so we will go low tide along the river bed in busy London not many venture on the pebbles.....and we could be anywhere once you get down there. Hopefully I will get 3 fancy shelves for 3 fancy pots. Have to wait and see.
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Post by: squirrel on January 25, 2015, 02:29:56 AM
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Hi fluffy we never seem to grow enough parsnips I do miss them when they have all been used up ..  Sounds like you had a good day at the community garden and im sure with your experience the micro greens  you grow will do well ..  Are you enjoying yourself at the community garden  ? . Hope your  not overdoing it trying to be in two places .. How,s it on your site now ? ..

I really am enjoying the community garden Scary but it's not like having your own plot. I'm still feeling very down about the way our Association threw in the towel and now the Council is strutting like peacocks alongside the original dissidents patting themselves on the back for their victory. I have decided I will keep my plot at least for another year especially as there are elections in May so things could take a very different turn if this Council doesn't get in.

My Plot is not in good shape but at least most of the weeds are annuals in their first year and I managed to at least stop most of them going to seed. Therefore I will hopefully gat it back into shape fairly easily.

Most of my visits are to harvest carrots, Jerusalem artichokes and leeks etc, but I am beginning to feel that tingling that comes each new year. The one where you long to feel the soil in your fingers again.    :-Yes
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 25, 2015, 08:15:00 AM
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Time to organise a seed swap if you have too many seeds?
We organised one last year at the local primary school. Didn't get a huge turnout but was nice to meet some new people

I've got a few unusual seeds spare if you PM me your contact info. I did put up a post on seed swap saying what I have available.
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Post by: dimogga on January 26, 2015, 10:36:05 AM
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Time to organise a seed swap if you have too many seeds?
We organised one last year at the local primary school. Didn't get a huge turnout but was nice to meet some new people

I've got a few unusual seeds spare if you PM me your contact info. I did put up a post on seed swap saying what I have available.

OO thank you, that's very kind! :)
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Post by: dimogga on January 26, 2015, 02:05:21 PM
I have been out and dug up two leeks. The best ones I had and they're tiny. Going to have to do better!

Also spotted some more bits of broken glass from the panes that broke during the storms so picked them up too.
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Post by: scary crow on January 26, 2015, 11:28:14 PM
Just had a quick trip to plot to make sure everything was ok took the kitchen waste for the heap and raked up loads of leaves ..
My leeks are not as good this year will also need to try harder next year ..   It,s drying out nice so will soon be sweeping the cobwebs off the rotavator and turning it over and getting it ready for the growing season ...
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Post by: squirrel on January 26, 2015, 11:33:58 PM
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I have been out and dug up two leeks. The best ones I had and they're tiny. Going to have to do better!

Also spotted some more bits of broken glass from the panes that broke during the storms so picked them up too.

I always hold some leek plants back for several weeks and put them out at the end of summer. I love being able to pick some baby leeks in the middle of winter as I prefer them small unless I'm using them for soups.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on January 27, 2015, 08:26:13 AM
I know that leeks will stand any winter outside but when it comes to plot clearance in the late autumn I dig all what's left, up and clean, chop and freeze them. Vac-packed, they are excellent and seem to lose non of their flavour.

There's the convenience factor too as usually, in middle of winter, when the wonderful Red Devon soil that I am blessed with resembles a visit to a Wedgewood Clay Pit, I don't have to squidge my way across to dig up a couple of leeks.
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Post by: Big Gee on January 27, 2015, 09:24:16 AM
Far more practical, but nowhere near as satisfying though Tommo. A trip to the lottie to dig up a few leeks & roots in the middle of winter is a lot more pleasurable than a trip to the freezer don't you think? Having said that a lot of my leeks are also in the freezer! I hate actually going outside the door in cold & wet weather - being a self confessed 'cold weather whimp'.
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Post by: dimogga on January 27, 2015, 09:38:25 AM
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I have been out and dug up two leeks. The best ones I had and they're tiny. Going to have to do better!

Also spotted some more bits of broken glass from the panes that broke during the storms so picked them up too.

I always hold some leek plants back for several weeks and put them out at the end of summer. I love being able to pick some baby leeks in the middle of winter as I prefer them small unless I'm using them for soups.

I have about 15 "baby" leeks. They're teeny! As long as they taste nice.

This year I'm going to grow zillions of leeks.  Might put some in my back garden too.
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Post by: Lottylady on January 27, 2015, 08:40:17 PM
Ive got 3 leeks left.....I hoping they will grow some more........ CW ;-)

got cold frames ready for cold snap ahead.....watered green house....and put new seed packets in trusty seed chest.

Met new neighbours and a guy is offering his digging services for £10 an hour........and very good deep digging...he weeds well.

So tempted to ask about him as he is looking for work and he could dig....level central path so son when he appears won't moan. A dastardly plan....as I always done everything myself.
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Post by: wonky on February 01, 2015, 11:32:58 PM
A very pleasant afternoon on the plot - bitterly cold to start with but dry and sunny. Trimmed a privet hedge, weeded the comfrey bed, picked a turnip and 3 good looking leeks.

My neighbour was removing edging from his paths which had started moving with the result that weeds were growing between the edging and the path and we're very difficult to keep tidy. The edgings are the concrete sections that are used as the base sections for those slot together fences.  Each section is 6 ft long by about 12 inches and make excellent instant paths. So as he digs them up I am reusing them for paths on my plot.

With a new path alongside my greenhouse I have been able to dig out the clay between the path and the greenhouse and replace it with that lovely soil that the friendly moles seem only too keen to provide. I now have a couple of small beds about 3 ft by 10 inches which should be good for a few lettuce and other salad stuff.

Planted some bulbs in a trough that was liberated from a skip last year and filled with even more molehill soil and started to level the ground where my other greenhouse will be going.

All in all a good day at the plot!

Wonky.
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Post by: scary crow on February 01, 2015, 11:58:48 PM
Sounds like you had a good day at the plot today wonky and you have got those moles working hard to dig up that super fine soil for you ...  Was too windy here today to venture to our plot it,s too flat and open the wind whistles across those fens and it was a cold east wind ...
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Post by: Lottylady on February 02, 2015, 10:42:36 AM
Well me + dogs are not going to the plot today ...too cold and Buffy is over 13 yrs old so don't want to chill her. Back yard needs tidying after the grandkids came over. My daughter casually told the children to look for shells......well I never knew I had so many shells.....they found loads and piled them by back door. So Im going to give them a scrub. Layer compost  all over then position shells again.
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Post by: Big Gee on February 02, 2015, 11:16:24 AM
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Well me + dogs are not going to the plot today ...too cold and Buffy is over 13 yrs old so don't want to chill her. Back yard needs tidying after the grandkids came over. My daughter casually told the children to look for shells......well I never knew I had so many shells.....they found loads and piled them by back door. So Im going to give them a scrub. Layer compost  all over then position shells again.

The joys of being a grandparent!  Grin2:-)
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Post by: scary crow on February 02, 2015, 08:51:25 PM
Well a walk to the plot today to chuck the kitchen waste into the compost heap see a big rat in the hedgerow which the dog decided needed to be culled so she was through the hazel hedge and running up and down the dyke searching for it luckily for the rat she never found it but she was splashing through the icy water in the dyke and came out wet muddy and frustrated with not having a kill the next time she will be quicker when we visit the plot she,s almost 12 and still full of life and as crazy and as lively as a pup some days ... All,s well at the plot drying out well soon be time to turn it over and get ready for the new season ....
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Post by: squirrel on February 16, 2015, 08:34:13 AM
Still harvesting fresh carrots off my plot.
I cut the tops down at the end of autumn, sprinkled some slug pellets, covered in plastic followed by straw.

There is some slug damage around the tops of some which is easily cut off.
I've never done this before but will do it again.
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Post by: Lottylady on February 16, 2015, 01:39:20 PM
Resting tennis elbow....was given an ibuprofen gel by docs and it does the trick....so gently pottering about putting things back in their place after an invasion of the little people.


Birds are happy as grandkids scattered seed everywhere. Even tho we are in London I like it that it feels like the countryside sometimes.....and the kids love it.
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Post by: Westheathdave on February 16, 2015, 10:24:35 PM
I was at the plot Sunday morning dishing out the seed potatoes that arrived last Tuesday 2 people failed to collect their spuds.
Quite a few people working on their plots one rotavator working away. A bit wet in my opinion and a bit sticky.
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Post by: Big Gee on February 17, 2015, 10:54:13 AM
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I was at the plot Sunday morning dishing out the seed potatoes that arrived last Tuesday 2 people failed to collect their spuds.
Quite a few people working on their plots one rotavator working away. A bit wet in my opinion and a bit sticky.

Do the plot holders order their own different varieties Dave? Or are they varieties chosen by the members for everyone on the site?
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Post by: wonky on February 17, 2015, 11:39:13 AM
Nothing exciting for me - just more levelling of the ground where the greenhouse is going. Hard work but should be worthwhile when it's done! On the plus side it's another 4 buckets of rubble removed that I won't have to dig up again!!  Angry:-{

Wonky.
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Post by: Big Gee on February 17, 2015, 11:47:19 AM
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Nothing exciting for me - just more levelling of the ground where the greenhouse is going. Hard work but should be worthwhile when it's done! On the plus side it's another 4 buckets of rubble removed that I won't have to dig up again!!  Angry:-{

Wonky.

You are deserving of a medal for the work you've put into that plot you've inherited Wonky!
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Post by: Westheathdave on February 17, 2015, 05:14:01 PM
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I was at the plot Sunday morning dishing out the seed potatoes that arrived last Tuesday 2 people failed to collect their spuds.
Quite a few people working on their plots one rotavator working away. A bit wet in my opinion and a bit sticky.

Do the plot holders order their own different varieties Dave? Or are they varieties chosen by the members for everyone on the site?
We do not supply all varieties just the most popular ones in the earlies, mids and main most people were satisfied no complaints.
I got my winstons (Hope they better than last years  :-)snigger )
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Post by: scary crow on February 17, 2015, 07:40:12 PM
Think you have worked miracles with that plot wonky and you should be use to the hard work the amount of rubbish and rubble you have removed from your plot ....
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Post by: wrinkly1 on February 18, 2015, 05:30:57 PM
washed down polytunnel. inside and out. i looked like a drowned rat with using hose pipe.all the algea removed and it looks pristine again.i felt quite chuffed with my little self. it all brings sowing time closer.  cheers  BOF)
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Post by: Big Gee on February 18, 2015, 09:34:14 PM
It's a dirty job - but someone has to do it!! I hope the soaking won't give you a chill  what:-o

One of the jobs I've got to grab the bull by the horns to do very soon.
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Post by: dimogga on February 21, 2015, 10:01:08 PM
Went out to plot. Gave away three jars of jam. Gave away a rhubarb, black currant and a load of raspberries. Chatted a lot and had two mugs of coffee. Really lovely.
Can see how wet the fruit bed is just under the surface though.


Went and picked up sme pallets from school. Checked polytunnel there.
Dropped pallets off on allotment for another plotholder.
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Post by: Westheathdave on February 21, 2015, 10:43:52 PM
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Went out to plot. Gave away three jars of jam. Gave away a rhubarb, black currant and a load of raspberries. Chatted a lot and had two mugs of coffee. Really lovely.
Can see how wet the fruit bed is just under the surface though.


Went and picked up sme pallets from school. Checked polytunnel there.
Dropped pallets off on allotment for another plotholder.
Glad to see someone's in the mood to work looks like you had a good day  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on February 21, 2015, 11:33:38 PM
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Went out to plot. Gave away three jars of jam. Gave away a rhubarb, black currant and a load of raspberries. Chatted a lot and had two mugs of coffee. Really lovely.
Can see how wet the fruit bed is just under the surface though.


Went and picked up sme pallets from school. Checked polytunnel there.
Dropped pallets off on allotment for another plotholder.

I'm glad you're getting back in the groove Di!  ThU:-)
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Post by: AllotmentMate on February 22, 2015, 08:49:55 PM
Finished the pallet fence, started it last year, left an 18ft section still to do, so made sure I got it done this weekend, in the rain too. Check out my Blog. http://allotment65.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/fence-building-on-plot.html (http://allotment65.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/fence-building-on-plot.html)

IAN
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Post by: Westheathdave on February 22, 2015, 09:40:11 PM
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Finished the pallet fence, started it last year, left an 18ft section still to do, so made sure I got it done this weekend, in the rain too. Check out my Blog. http://allotment65.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/fence-building-on-plot.html (http://allotment65.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/fence-building-on-plot.html)

IAN

Had a look at your blog well done is all I can say looks good what you have done so far. You will have to have a word with Tommy on here about your desire to have a smallholding as he has one I am sure you can get some advice off him. Good luck for the future  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on February 22, 2015, 11:48:43 PM
Nice blog site Ian!   ThU:-)
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Post by: dimogga on February 23, 2015, 09:39:49 AM
I'd like a smallholding too!

Didn't do anything in plot yesterday as we had snowy-slushy rain.

Did go to Hulme Garden centre to get potatoes though! I got 1kg each of Athlete and Remarka. I picked up some for someone else too. :)
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Post by: scary crow on February 23, 2015, 09:48:15 PM
Nice blog site Ian    clap:-)  ..  Think theres quite a few people on here that would love a small holding I would have liked one a few years ago but with my health problems at the moment dont know if i could manage to keep one going ...  Our Tommo  is always buzzing about somewhere fixing or building something he seems to have 25 hours in the day and 8 days in the week ..    cwl:-]
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Post by: lottieguy on February 24, 2015, 12:45:47 PM
Hi Ya, as the weather hasn't been condusive to the lottie and work gets in the way aswell have not had time really to get on the plot. Last weekend OH wanted to go out on the saturday and the rain on sunday stopped play so I had to stay in watch footbal and scupper a few beers.   ;D Oh such sadness. While out with OH I spotted at the side of the road some pidgeon poo for sale at £1 a big bag. Now it's very rich in nitrogen and I will add it to compost bin a small layer at a time. We where in her car so I coundn't stop. However a work colleague lives out that way and yesterday bought two bags in for me.   :) So I dropped them off at the plot on the way home and thought I will pick a few carrots and kale for dinner. When I put the last layer of compost in the bin I put my thermometer in to see how the tempreture would play. I have been watching over the last few days and it started at 10* C for a couple of days and as it had been out side subject to the cold I did not expect it to get very hot. I watched and the tempreture rose slowly, in summer when I did it it shot away, and to my suprise acheived 52*C.  :) Yesterday I looked and it has started to fall and was reading 45. So thats waht I did yesterday. But I only had 10 minutes before she who must be obeyed wanted picking up, but lust walking though the gate was as if something had washed over me and I became so relaxed.  :) The evenings are staring to lenghthen so I am chamffing at the bit. I have sown a single seed yet and I am itching to go so this weekend may see the first sowings. Has any one else sown yet? I have the seeds and the labels already to go. I can't wait. Happy gardening
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Post by: Big Gee on February 24, 2015, 06:34:04 PM
Thoroughly enjpyed reading that Lottiguy!

Good stuff pigeon manure - be careful with it though - it has a habit of burning things it touches when it's fresh. Or in your case be careful the compost bin doesn't burst into flames!!!  cwl:-]
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Post by: scary crow on February 24, 2015, 07:12:40 PM
Great stuff the old pigeon poo but as gee says be careful it will burn when fresh make a good weedkiller then ... Always use to use it think i will try and get some more theres a few flyers near to me have seen the teams of birds flying about ..
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Post by: Lottylady on February 24, 2015, 09:46:54 PM
well I found 3 white pots.....6 cherub shelf brackets waiting for son to cut scarf plank shelves for me then this year a bold choice going for yellows on a a south facing wall.....at front.

to cheer the street....then at back purples, blues and mauves...a scattering of pink.....

lotty ....whatever I grow from my lucky dips......the big border where I let rip...


haven't quite figured out the veg yet.... CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on February 24, 2015, 11:19:23 PM
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well I found 3 white pots.....6 cherub shelf brackets waiting for son to cut scarf plank shelves for me then this year a bold choice going for yellows on a a south facing wall.....at front.

to cheer the street....then at back purples, blues and mauves...a scattering of pink.....

lotty ....whatever I grow from my lucky dips......the big border where I let rip...


haven't quite figured out the veg yet.... CThUpD:-)

Sounds like good fun to me!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on February 28, 2015, 08:27:18 AM
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Nice blog site Ian    clap:-)  ..  Think theres quite a few people on here that would love a small holding ....  Our Tommo  is always buzzing about somewhere fixing or building something he seems to have 25 hours in the day and 8 days in the week ..    cwl:-]

If only, scary, if only. Certainly there is always plenty to do here. I feel like the bloke at the back of the marathon...always playing catchup.

Still yesterday, though, I managed a whole lovely day in the small greenhouse spring cleaning, digging over the beds and piling on the muck and bonemeal ready for this year. This is the greenhouse I will be growing the mega toms and the blight free variety so with any luck you will have seeds aplenty this autumn.

We've got friends coming to stay for a week, this mate is my welding mentor so I will get 1 to 1 tuition for my new mig welder (a gift from the lovely Ruth from her dad's inheritance). Looking forward to that as I will be able to build the long awaited fruit cages and a gate latch that has needed making for the past 5 years!

I should also pick up some apple rootstocks this weekend then I can graft the apple scions that Gee so kindly sent me.

Oh yes I've also got to go the farm suppliers for some calf feed and chicken pellets too. Then there's the big greenhouse: all 38ft x 14ft of it that still hasn't been cleaned out and fertilised......

So you can see there is no slack in the system....don't know what I'm going to do with myself if I ever retire!!!
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Post by: Marie Elaine on February 28, 2015, 04:44:46 PM
Don't count on retirement giving you any rest, Tommy, it just gives you more hours to do work and wonder how you will ever fit in all the jobs that are waiting for you. I swear I'm more knackered at the end of every day since we "retired" and I hope that one day my list of jobs to do will fill less than a whole A4 page. But wouldn't it be awful being bored with nothing to do? That's one thing that gardeners can never be.
At last, this week the bulbs have started to show and we have a few snowdrops and irises to brighten the gloom. It's so wet outside that I've had to cover over the veg patch and hope it dries out soon so I can dig in some muck. Meanwhile, i console myself in the polytunnel, still picking cavalo Nero kale, sprouts, rocket and sorrel salads, spinach and the last few leeks. Over wintered oriental greens have done really well, still growing. I have grown asparagus kale for the first time, it's a heritage variety and so far the young leaves have been very tasty and the plants are very vigorous, so I'm looking forward to the shoots in spring that are supposed to taste like asparagus. I'll let you know! I've put in first early potatoes in the tunnel too, as the weeds have started to grow so I reckon the crops will be growing as well. Itching to get going.
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Post by: wonky on February 28, 2015, 07:43:43 PM
No working the plot for me today - been out shopping instead! Homebase over at Doncaster to be precise. But for a very good reason -it's the only place I'm aware of in this area that stocks Jacks Magic. I suspect at £6.99 a 60 litre bag it could be on the pricey side but needs must so I've bought 4 bags and basically I'm now already to go.

Wonky.
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Post by: scary crow on February 28, 2015, 10:08:29 PM
Have not been able to get to my plot for the past week or so as the old bones have been a bit creaky but must say im eager to get that lovely black soil under my finger nails and get sowing and growing ....
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Post by: Big Gee on March 01, 2015, 06:47:03 PM
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Don't count on retirement giving you any rest, Tommy, it just gives you more hours to do work and wonder how you will ever fit in all the jobs that are waiting for you. I swear I'm more knackered at the end of every day since we "retired" and I hope that one day my list of jobs to do will fill less than a whole A4 page. But wouldn't it be awful being bored with nothing to do? That's one thing that gardeners can never be.

It saddens me to see retired people who try and while their time away in the library or walking their dogs (three or four times a day) or just hanging around in cafes. It really IS sad. I wish every day had 40 hours in it! And I'd still have no time to spare!!! lol(1)
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 01, 2015, 11:36:24 PM
A couple of photos from this morning getting bean sticks down

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Post by: aftermidnight on March 01, 2015, 11:39:29 PM
No working in the garden today it's overcast, a slight drizzle and chilly. What I did do was go to our local Seedy Sunday, took in a bunch of heirloom beans for their exchange table and did the round of venders looking for anything of interest. Drum roll please, I actually found someone selling the pink skinned Oca  :), he also had a little tuber called Crosne, kind of looked like a squiggly little Caterpillar related to the mint family so best grown in a container. Of course I came home with both of these along with 5 Ozette Potato fingerlings to try, I think this is the first potato grown in North America, brought by the Spanish from South America. Still no luck on finding any Yacon but maybe these people who had the Oca for sale might be able to track it down. All in all I was happy with my purchases.
Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 01, 2015, 11:42:23 PM
 Grin2:-) Looks like you have had a successful day aftermidnight nice when all goes well.
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Post by: scary crow on March 02, 2015, 12:01:15 AM
Well done Dave start digging and give it another month or so and your be putting those canes back up again ..
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Post by: scary crow on March 04, 2015, 10:06:39 PM
Myself and the missus managed to get to the plot today and while we were there we did a few little jobs it was nice in the sunshine although it was a bit breezy but i dident mind it was just nice to get out do a few jobs enjoy the weather and see that black soil i was missing it ...
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Post by: Big Gee on March 04, 2015, 11:03:13 PM
I wasted most of my day hanging around in a courtroom!
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Post by: scary crow on March 04, 2015, 11:37:16 PM
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I wasted most of my day hanging around in a courtroom!

Yes heard the outcome so have to agree with that better luck next time ...Still think the balaclava and battery drill would have worked better   CW ;-)
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Post by: FoodieForager on March 05, 2015, 10:43:52 AM
Three glorious hours spent down the plot yesterday,just doing a wee bit of digging and generally tidying up. It was a joy to finally have some sun on my back!! Today will be spent filling up the windowsill propagators with Okra, Cauilflower, Calabrese, California wonder peppers, Aubergine and a selection of chillies (Padron,Hungarian hot wax,Ring of fire and Raam).....Happy Days!!!  HAGD :-)
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Post by: dimogga on March 05, 2015, 02:41:28 PM
I have sown some ailsa craig and tosca onions in the propagator. And some salad leaves in modules.
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Post by: Lottylady on March 05, 2015, 02:48:01 PM
oh what a difference a day makes...... Grin2:-) Slowly digging a wildflower bed to get ready for strawberries. Son still hasn't had time to do raised beds. Ive moved all paving slabs from central path + put them round shed.  The dogs did a bit of sniffing, barking + digging and Bonzo has chosen the spot for my pond that I want to make this year.
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Post by: aftermidnight on March 05, 2015, 08:10:57 PM
The last couple of days we've had heavy frosts so haven't done much outside. Inside I've been starting tomato seeds, germinated in damp paper towel inside a lidded container, once they germinate they're planted up in four packs and trotted out to the greenhouse. Growing a couple of new to me this year, thanks Tommy  :).

Next on the list of things to do is clean up and repot my succulent collection, my brugmansias, and take a few cuttings of this and that of things that have wintered in the greenhouse. The fuchsias are starting to show signs of life so it's time to repot or top dress with some fresh compost, I use to deal with a couple of hundred of these every year but I only keep about a dozen baskets now, my lathhouse where I hung most of them is completely covered with  the clematis 'Montana wilsonii' now so a little too shady for fuchsias but when the clematis is in bloom my garden is full of the scent of chocolate.

The Daphne is in full bloom up in the garden room, love that lemony fragrance. We also have our small koi pool surrounded by a raised planter full of ferns etc. here. This little area has a fiberglass roof and latticed walls so I can grow a few things here that wouldn't make it out in the open.  I like to push the envelope  ;).

Last fall we made a gutter garden for a few strawberry plants, it's attached to the raised base my greenhouse is sitting on, the rain from the greenhouse has kept it watered all winter. It might turn out to be too much water for the strawberries tho, time will tell, if so I'll pull them and plant lettuce.  Next month I'll be starting my beans in the greenhouse to be planted out in May, so many new ones to try, I'm really looking forward to seeing how they do in my garden.

We use to raise rabbits at one time, I sure miss the manure but I think I may have found someone selling this worth it's weight in gold stuff in the next town, just have to track her down. All my herb pots are looking good, we had a very mild winter so it looks like they have all come through fine. My garlic is up and looking good, and I just planted a few Broome Longkeeper potato onions, a couple of varieties of top setting onions 'Catawissa' and 'McCullar's', these Alliums are getting really hard to find in my neck of the woods. Must go now, take the gardening gloves off and make like a domestic, hubby wants his lunch  ::).

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on March 05, 2015, 08:41:59 PM
Heck! You've just tired me out just reading that Annette! I wish I lived a bit nearer so that I could pop over & see your garden, alas there's that 'pond' to navigate!  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 06, 2015, 09:03:41 AM
Well yesterday was a goodun

Managed to get all 22 scions safely grafted and into pots...all standing in the small greenhouse in their little rows enjoying the warmth.

Finally re-cycled an old galvanised council fence into a good, serviceable gate for the the car park after a bit of welding with the new mig welder  :D :D :D.

Cleared out half of the large greenhouse and burned loads of brash along with loads of other various bags of combustables that have been cluttering up the garage.

Went over and picked up a large round hay bale from my friend, Dereks, for the calves

Ended up at the pub for a guiness break before tucking into one of The Lovely Ruth's Fish Pies...watched a hilarious film called 'Strange Bedfellows' and off to bed.
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Post by: Big Gee on March 06, 2015, 09:12:05 AM
Now you're making me feel guilty Tommo! I'm still in lazy winter mode!  spf:-(
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 06, 2015, 05:45:58 PM
Nice one Tommo from one welder to another  I was a TIG welder for 40 years where did you learn to weld ?
Sure comes in handy doesn't it.  ThU32:-)
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Post by: scary crow on March 06, 2015, 08:18:02 PM
Busy as normal Tommo take it you know the dangers of welding galvanised metal as your a clever chap [Galvanize Poisoning (Metal Fume Fever)

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_5474409_side-effects-galvanized-steel-welding.html  .

Im well behind with my plot this year .. spf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 06, 2015, 10:54:56 PM
Yes, welding galvanised is horrible. Splatters and spits everywhere and produces a noxious smokey fume which is why I do it outside. Most of my work fleeces have got millions of little holes in the sleeves which annoys Ruth immensley. She's always telling me to wear my leather apron - thing is it doesn't cover my arms too so it wouldn't make any difference.

I'm fairly new to welding (about 5 years, Dave) but you are right it sure does come in useful, especially on a smallholding, but it really saves you a fortune too as you can construct all sorts of things that would cost a lot if someone else had to do it for you. I've saved myself over three times the amount of all my welding gear just by what I have made so far, plus, it's very satisfying to make useful things like patio sets, dog kennel run fencing that makes colditz look like a kindergarten, fruit caging, new trailer, gates etc etc.
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Post by: scary crow on March 06, 2015, 10:57:34 PM
Read that link tommo even doing it outside can be dangerous my mate was ill for a week with welding galvanised ...
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 06, 2015, 11:04:34 PM
Yes i did read it, Scary, and I'm well aware of it which is why I keep it to a minimum and where I do have to weld onto galvanised metal I grind off as much as I can before I start. You can't get absolutely every bit off and there are still fumes but I've never suffered from the fumes before and I don't intend to in the future, but thank you for your concerns.
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Post by: scary crow on March 06, 2015, 11:07:18 PM
Thats good that your trying to rid most of it by grinding just dident want to see you get ill through welding it ... ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 06, 2015, 11:29:55 PM
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A couple of photos from this morning getting bean sticks down

That's a pretty model you're using there to show off my "V" frame design Dave!!  :-)snigger
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 06, 2015, 11:33:00 PM
 cry:-( Tis a pity she cannot make a living from modelling it now she lost her job  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on March 06, 2015, 11:35:50 PM
Turn your plot into an APS nursery Dave & get your model to sell them on a stall - she should attract a few customers for you!!!!  what:-{
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Post by: Lottylady on March 07, 2015, 04:47:52 PM
well it is sunny down south....was dressed up for arctic warfare....too many layers....did a couple of hours digging.....cuttings in greenhouse.....met neighbours......new ladies had emptied out my comfrey + nettle mix...that I used to share with previous kiwi neighbours....but they meant well and it is nice to see it tidier.

Still haven't figured out where to put the beans...or sweet beans or climbing mange tout ......the beans I grow are from The Real Seed Catologue ..'Cosse Violette' a purple climbing bean...and 'Cherokee Trail of Tears ...climbing french bean. Purple flowers.

Going to move all my big tubs of blueberries, camellia, Queen Victorias faves...chilean guavas to a shadier part of plot.

I want to make a pond. Never had a pond. Reading up on ponds.
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Post by: scary crow on March 07, 2015, 08:00:52 PM
Well it,s been a decent day here so a few hours at plot got a few  things done with help from the OH very happy so tomorrow pencil and paper out no not to draw but to sort out a plan of whats going to go where was a few people at our site today all getting ready for the big sow ..  Managed to do a bit of digging today the soil is perfect nice and dry not sticking to my boots like it was a few weeks ago . Then a slow walk home with the dogs for a cuppa and a few painkillers and a well deserved sit down ..
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Post by: dimogga on March 07, 2015, 08:03:37 PM
Nothing! Have been out all day at a  bee convention in Preston!
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Post by: spuds on March 08, 2015, 09:53:54 AM
well yesterday (Saturday) planted out my broad beans  in the sunshine
today just about to take dog out and its  cloudy think it will be raining before long

happy days
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Post by: dimogga on March 08, 2015, 10:47:00 AM
Watered in the greenhouse. Can see about 3 leek seeds poking their straggly heads through. It's a start!
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Post by: Big Gee on March 08, 2015, 01:52:07 PM
Tough hombres leeks. If they don't make a start nothing will!  lol(1)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 08, 2015, 11:26:15 PM
Well yesterday I was busy with the bees. All out spring cleaning and foraging. I have 6 colonies and all but one seem to be bringing in pollen already, and all but one still seemed heavy with the 'hefting' assessment so that is good. I put a neopol feed onto the lighweight one so that should pick up soon and also I made up 25litres of 1:1 syrup spring feed. All bodes well so far.

Today was spent up in Brmingham with Ruth doing the final clearout of her dad's old flat and, therefore, the end of an era. still, it is all done now and hopefully a return to normality at least. Now I've got to prepare a couple of swarm boxes (nuc' boxes) before we go away in about a month's time.

Looking forward to this Thursday as there is a talk on reintroduction of the British Black Bee into the Soutwest at the Okehampton BBKA meeting.
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Post by: Lottylady on March 09, 2015, 02:49:57 PM
well Im getting into lots of trouble.......sunday sawed down a vibernum bush but it was much bigger than I thought. Put it out by skip on road. Could not put on road as too many cars parked about.. Neighbours moaned as the builders moved big branches onto pavement as they had a delivery of sand + cement.

Bin collection day....4 different big trucks reversing down road.....emptying recycle bins......me blocking pavement on busiest day.

Text local treeman begging for his chipper ....chipper broken tho.

So out on pavement with saw and loppers hacking it to bits.

Then cars move so can shift it onto road.
Then the ruddy street cleaners turn up! Polish guys with little english......patrolling the gutters.
Me with a huge pile of rubbish in gutter spluttering excuses.

Slowly bagging it all up. Must have been the busiest mondays for ages.
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Post by: Big Gee on March 09, 2015, 11:15:50 PM
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Looking forward to this Thursday as there is a talk on reintroduction of the British Black Bee into the Soutwest at the Okehampton BBKA meeting.

That sounds REALLY interesting Tommo - be sure to give me feedback!  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 09, 2015, 11:20:53 PM
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well Im getting into lots of trouble.......sunday sawed down a vibernum bush but it was much bigger than I thought. Put it out by skip on road. Could not put on road as too many cars parked about.. Neighbours moaned as the builders moved big branches onto pavement as they had a delivery of sand + cement.

Bin collection day....4 different big trucks reversing down road.....emptying recycle bins......me blocking pavement on busiest day.

Text local treeman begging for his chipper ....chipper broken tho.

So out on pavement with saw and loppers hacking it to bits.

Then cars move so can shift it onto road.
Then the ruddy street cleaners turn up! Polish guys with little english......patrolling the gutters.
Me with a huge pile of rubbish in gutter spluttering excuses.

Slowly bagging it all up. Must have been the busiest mondays for ages.

OH DEAR! I thought I was the only one who has days like that!  spf:-(
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 10, 2015, 12:19:39 AM
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well Im getting into lots of trouble.......sunday sawed down a vibernum bush but it was much bigger than I thought. Put it out by skip on road. Could not put on road as too many cars parked about.. Neighbours moaned as the builders moved big branches onto pavement as they had a delivery of sand + cement.

Bin collection day....4 different big trucks reversing down road.....emptying recycle bins......me blocking pavement on busiest day.

Text local treeman begging for his chipper ....chipper broken tho.

So out on pavement with saw and loppers hacking it to bits.

Then cars move so can shift it onto road.
Then the ruddy street cleaners turn up! Polish guys with little english......patrolling the gutters.
Me with a huge pile of rubbish in gutter spluttering excuses.

Slowly bagging it all up. Must have been the busiest mondays for ages.

Oh dear poor you!!  :'(  Hope you do not get any more Mondays like that, keep up the good work
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Post by: Lottylady on March 12, 2015, 12:26:12 PM
more trouble.....happily digging up roots....but have a back yard that was cemented over in the 60s for flood defences.....well there is a hole....approx 12'' circle....which Ive been filling + filling....last a big sack of shingle....and its sunk all gone down the hole.

well rang landlord told them they sent surveyor round to look.......at hole and next doors extension....who had to dig from 1.2m depth to 1.8m before they could lay foundations.

she also mentioned sink holes usf:-( she said next door must have hit voids.

So there was me full of the joys of spring...thundering ahead with jobs....suddenly the realisation that a big drill is going to dig up hole!

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Post by: wonky on March 12, 2015, 01:15:08 PM
Oops that's worrying Lottylady - hope your landlord can get it sorted!

Wonky.
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Post by: Big Gee on March 12, 2015, 02:16:55 PM
Don't want to frighten you Lottylady, but sink holes can be VERY dangerous.

I dug up this snippet that I posted a long time ago in the 'News Roundup' section of the 'Shed'.


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Post by: FoodieForager on March 12, 2015, 03:41:30 PM
Germination of Gherkins has been rather successful in the windowsill propagator  ThU32:-)
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Post by: Lottylady on March 12, 2015, 03:59:08 PM
I know they can be dangerous the lady told me not to tread near the hole! I rang this morning + she dropped by straight away. Apparently voids are in this area by the river.

I know it is selfish but I was doing well with garden....my pots of plants blooming well. Ive got rosemary + lavender flowering....an indoor spider plant outside surviving well.....it will be all disturbed by breaking up the old concrete on the ground. Not sure what exactly they are going to do. Maybe it will be a bonus with proper soil and little lawn one day.
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 12, 2015, 06:17:18 PM
Been to lotte this afternoon to receive a delivery of compost and potato fertilizer.
Our lottery funded new fence has been put up and is finished Here are a couple of photo's.


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Post by: Big Gee on March 12, 2015, 10:05:49 PM
Jeez! I wish the soil on our lottie site looked that dry at the moment Dave!
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Post by: Lottylady on March 13, 2015, 09:07:40 AM
A proper fence!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 14, 2015, 08:21:37 AM
I saw a bloke stealing a gate, once. I didn't say anything in case he took offence!
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 14, 2015, 08:32:13 AM
Well I managed to sort out the small greenhouse yesterday, clean out some propagators and sow my tomatoes...including the 'gigantomo', actually I sowed 4 of the gigantomos because although it says 6 seeds in the pack, there were, in fact, 10  :)) So I will be sowing the rest at another time - hedging my bets. Today there will be chillies and other stuff to get started.

We managed to get the uprights - 13/16ft lengths of 6" x 6" Douglas Fir posts- into the ground. Always the hardest part coming out of the ground, to build a new barn at the back of the garage. This is for stock shelter as the calves have now outgrown their little starting field shelter and need a bigger bedroom. We can get started on the stock walling next and the purlins and rafters.

Ruth's got me doing a garage loft conversion too so you can see there is no let up here.
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Post by: Lottylady on March 14, 2015, 12:48:43 PM
son up early rang me.....he had the scaff planks....all cut to size....so we dashed down allotment to unload....trading shed open so bought £40 of compost ready for new beds. Son a sweety bought me a few more bags of black gold as he knew Id been saving up for this.

It was very busy at plots...lots of folks up there......as soon as some saw the scaff planks.....folks asking if we could get some more.

So all the pegs, rods, planks, nails, screws, sledge hammer delivered + ready for tomorrow.....the best mothers day prezzy.....5 raised beds for me... CThUpD:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 14, 2015, 12:53:06 PM
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I saw a bloke stealing a gate, once. I didn't say anything in case he took offence!

The old ones are always the best aren't they?  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 14, 2015, 12:56:51 PM
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son up early rang me.....he had the scaff planks....all cut to size....so we dashed down allotment to unload....trading shed open so bought £40 of compost ready for new beds. Son a sweety bought me a few more bags of black gold as he knew Id been saving up for this.

It was very busy at plots...lots of folks up there......as soon as some saw the scaff planks.....folks asking if we could get some more.

So all the pegs, rods, planks, nails, screws, sledge hammer delivered + ready for tomorrow.....the best mothers day prezzy.....5 raised beds for me... CThUpD:-)

One happy mother there by the sound of it. Sons like that are an inheritance aren't they? I'm so pleased for you - the whole world should function like that - it's such a shame when you see some of the disfunctional families that are around. You're a very lucky lady Lottylady!  ThU:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 14, 2015, 03:36:35 PM
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son up early rang me.....he had the scaff planks....all cut to size....so we dashed down allotment to unload....trading shed open so bought £40 of compost ready for new beds. Son a sweety bought me a few more bags of black gold as he knew Id been saving up for this.

It was very busy at plots...lots of folks up there......as soon as some saw the scaff planks.....folks asking if we could get some more.

So all the pegs, rods, planks, nails, screws, sledge hammer delivered + ready for tomorrow.....the best mothers day prezzy.....5 raised beds for me... CThUpD:-)
Wahoo your in business now then all you want now is some sunshine and some rain not tooo much tho.
Excellent mothers day pressie all systems go now then.  ThU32:-)
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Post by: scary crow on March 14, 2015, 07:38:32 PM
Great prezzie there lottylady you will get lots of enjoyment and veggies from them for years to come ...

Not had a chance to get to my plot the past 2 days yesterday got a call from a friend who had shot a young muntjac for me so collected that skinned and jointed it and got it in the freezer then got out with the dogs for a walk chatted to a few people while out ..

Then this morning got a text message to say 2 more muntys  so well you can guess  ThU32:-) a busy day dident get out till one today for a walk then back home and jen was busy making cakes one lovely fruit cake that wil be going to the lottie with us hopefully within the next couple of days when we hope to get the rotovator out so will spend a day at plot so cake and coffee is a must .. So a curry tonite and a well deserved sit down ...
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 15, 2015, 11:50:56 AM
 :-Yes 3or4 of my onion seeds are starting to sprout in the greenhouse signs of life beginning to show now. Hope to get some peas sown into pots next now I have got my shelves up in greenhouse.  ThU:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 15, 2015, 12:01:28 PM
All systems go then Dave  ThU5:-)
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Post by: wonky on March 15, 2015, 10:24:34 PM
Had to do a bit of shopping and went looking for a new mattress and possibly a new bed so only managed about 50 mins on the plot this afternoon. However managed to fill in a hole caused by digging out a column of clay that had been left under a water barrel and raked the remainder of that bed level ready for the beans, peas and similar.

The water barrel had been placed adjacent to the path for convenience but made access to the bed it was on difficult and also caused a lot of shadowing so have moved it to the boundary fence so any shadowing will eventually be on my neighbours plot, sorry Roy!! At the moment there is a wooden fence between our plots so moving the barrel is not an issue. As the wooden fence is breaking up it will eventually be replaced by a wire mesh fence which will improve the light on both plots. The new fencing will be a freebie collected from a number of local garden centres. If you have seen those decorative rocks that are displayed on pallets within a wire mesh basket then it is those  baskets that will be used as the fencing material. Apparently they are none returnable so the garden centres were quite happy for us to take them as it saved them the problem of disposal.

It would have been impossible to grow anything where the barrel had been because of the clay beneath it which was rock hard so it had to come out and 19 builders buckets of clay were removed last weekend including a rock the size of 2 spade blades.  Between raking the bed flat and starting to turn over the soil between the raspberries located and removed a further 43 pieces of glass, one and a half rusted bolts and a substantial chunk of corrugated asbestos sheet.

So not much time on the plot but a useful job or two accomplished.

Wonky.
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Post by: dimogga on March 16, 2015, 09:42:41 AM
Yesterday: Dug up a huge lump of rhubarb for someone on the site. Had to carry it to his plot as my wheelbarrow is broked again. Need a new tyre and inner.
That's the second one in so many years. :(
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 19, 2015, 06:54:28 PM
 Grin2:-)  At last got my peas sown today been in the greenhouse all afternoon having a bit of a spring clean found about 20 snails all hiding in some old pots at the bottom of the greenhouse had to say goodbye to them I am afraid to say. Been a lovely day here again more so when the sun was out lovely in the greenhouse.   ThU32:-)
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Post by: scary crow on March 19, 2015, 08:34:46 PM
Well today was the day that we dug the rotovator out of the shed and loaded it into the car and drive to our plot we have been talking about rotovating it for weeks now and either something happens or we wake up to wet weather ...  So it.s  been dry here for quiet a while now and the wind has been drying the soil nicely .  When we arrived at the plot we unloaded all the stuff and i filled the rotovator up with petrol we never used it last year so it,s sat for almost 2 years now i pulled out the choke turned the fuel on and pulled the cord it started first pull very happy .. Between us the good wife doing double time we got our plot all turned over and it,s looking good ..  Was quiet at our site today we were the only ones there we enjoyed the peace and quiet we took a flask and a big thick slice of homemade currant cake for break time along with my pills ..  Got home at 5 absolutley knackered so had takeaway tonight so off to the chippie we went resting now feel as stiff as a board will suffer tonight and tomorrow ..
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 19, 2015, 08:41:38 PM
 Grin2:-) Well done scary and the other half, tell me about aches and pains I have never had so many as lately did a little job for a neighbour putting her new fridge freezer in a new home had to keep resting pains in legs and back + cramp had to frequently stop and rest and stretch! Do not like this getting old thing   what:-{
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Post by: Lottylady on March 19, 2015, 10:10:57 PM
Woke up ...stuck indoors waiting for structural surveyor bit smoggy......cold....to look at hole + next doors digging their foundations.....my garden poised to bloom...over wintered many in sheltered corners....

excavation.....maybe drains bust......old concrete to go.....house safe + secure.......easter well they are sending chic eggs for my 7 grand children as easter egg hunt out back not this year......hopefully just at the front then do a treasure trail indoors.


trying to look it as an opportunity....maybe soil....who knows until they look.


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Post by: Big Gee on March 19, 2015, 10:16:38 PM
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Well today was the day that we dug the rotovator out of the shed and loaded it into the car and drive to our plot we have been talking about rotovating it for weeks now and either something happens or we wake up to wet weather ...  So it.s  been dry here for quiet a while now and the wind has been drying the soil nicely .  When we arrived at the plot we unloaded all the stuff and i filled the rotovator up with petrol we never used it last year so it,s sat for almost 2 years now i pulled out the choke turned the fuel on and pulled the cord it started first pull very happy .. Between us the good wife doing double time we got our plot all turned over and it,s looking good ..  Was quiet at our site today we were the only ones there we enjoyed the peace and quiet we took a flask and a big thick slice of homemade currant cake for break time along with my pills ..  Got home at 5 absolutley knackered so had takeaway tonight so off to the chippie we went resting now feel as stiff as a board will suffer tonight and tomorrow ..

Fingers crossed my turn tomorrow! I need a few hours on my own to blow some cobwebs away. I hope Big Bertha is as accomadating as your steed Scary. She's never let me down yet. I just hope the soil is dry enough - not quite as dry as the Fens here.

Even if I can't turn it over I've got the first three bags of grass clippings and three week's worth of kitchen waste for the bins anyway.
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Post by: scary crow on March 19, 2015, 10:50:25 PM
Soil lovely and dry here which is good  ThU5:-)  was over the moon when it fired up so easy after all that time in the shed just shows the quality build of honda ..  Well i hope the soil is good at your end tomorrow and you get to spend a few hours out in the peace and quiet with your thoughts it will do you good and remember if i can help in any way you know where i am ...
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Post by: Big Gee on March 19, 2015, 11:52:29 PM
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Soil lovely and dry here which is good  ThU5:-)  was over the moon when it fired up so easy after all that time in the shed just shows the quality build of honda ..  Well i hope the soil is good at your end tomorrow and you get to spend a few hours out in the peace and quiet with your thoughts it will do you good and remember if i can help in any way you know where i am ...

Thanks Scary  ThU5:-)

I've been a fan of Honda engines since I had a Honda 350 back around 1969-70. It was like a dream after riding around on a BSA & an NSU Manx! I also had an Ambassador Super S 250 twin with a Villiers 2T engine - but the least said about that the better - it would go like stink or not go at all - extremely tempremental! Anyway I deviate.

Big Bertha has a Briggs & Stratton 5.5HP power unit & that's also a joy when it comes to starting - especially the first pull of the season. There's nothing more infuriating than a damned rotovator (or boat) that you can't trust to start!
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Post by: scary crow on March 19, 2015, 11:59:24 PM
Good reliable engines B&S  keep them looked after and they wont let you down our lawnmower has a b & s lump in it and it,s very reliable ..
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Post by: Lottylady on March 20, 2015, 09:54:35 AM
the saga of the hole.......structural surveyor came round.....had a good look around ...next door they digging foundations 1.6 deep so all dug up showing new drains....he took lots of pics.....so they going to excavate my back yard as they think maybe the drain has collapsed.....causing the hole.

Found old drawings of area and it was slums and market gardens before so probably not a well.

Will have to move my pebbles and pots....but no major disturbance. It may spur me onto something new.

Will have to wait + see. Twanged my back shifting a 25kg bag of sparrow seed....so very creaky + can't dig.
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Post by: Big Gee on March 21, 2015, 11:07:06 AM
I LOVE my Big Bertha. I didn't put fresh petrol in yesterday either, first pull primed the carb (the B & S doesn't have a priming pump) on the second pull, she burst into life as if she'd only been stopped the day before! Makes your day before you start doesn't it?

She did the business on the whole plot & I'm half dead & walking around like a 100 nyear old today!  spf:-(

Still, three international rugby matches one after the other should take my mind off the aches. It's a day in front of the telly for me - regardless of the fact the sun is shining outside in all it's glory. COME ON WALES!!!
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Post by: aftermidnight on March 21, 2015, 03:35:56 PM
Just having my morning coffee before heading out to the garden, I don't have the room to grow a lot of anything except my beans :), I picked up a few "Ozette" fingerling potatoes at our seedy Sunday beginning of March so will make room for a short row which I can probably get in today. I hope to get most of the bean poles driven in, they should be nice and settled in by the time the first beans go in sometime in April.
Gee I have a 5hp Honda tiller, had it for years, it has never failed me, it's parked over at the son-in-laws, as I hardly ever use it anymore. You might be feeling a little peely wally after your workout but just think of the satisfaction of a job well done and you won't mind all the aches and pains, enjoy your rugby matches.

I'll do a wander around the garden looking for spots to plant my walking onions, I plant things in the oddest places  lol(1). The Sweet Cicely has poked through the ground it will be up and growing in no time at all, seed will be coming your way as soon as it's ready, from what I've read it should be planted straight away.

Do some more cleaning up in the greenhouse, all my Brugmansias got moved out and up to my sheltered garden room yesterday, I haven't had this much empty bench space since last summer, won't last long as the some of the tomato seedlings are ready to be potted up. I grow these in the greenhouse, potting on as needed until it's warm enough to plant them out, they are usually starting to flower by then. Yesterday I pruned back and gave a bit of liquid seaweed to my fuchsia baskets, these will probably go out the end of April.
The Crosne have sprouted and are growing gangbusters, planted in scotch pots for the time being but will soon be replanted in tubs outside. The Oca will stay in the greenhouse for another month. Rattail radishes are already in the ground and up as is the Croatian lettuce sown last month, I tossed a few seeds in around some strawberry plants in a trough they need to be thinned.
The Campanula primulifolia I seeded last spring has done well, I had a hard time finding seed for this one, finally found a source in the U.K. The few I planted out last fall have come through the winter just fine, now I have to deal with the rest of the flat of them still in the greenhouse.
I don't really have separate areas for my flowers and veggies, some spots are more one thing than the other but there's lots of flowering plants about for the bees to wipe their feet on. I guess you'd say I garden cottage style.  It's just past 8:30 a.m. here, time to get the lead out and get moving, maybe a second cup of coffee first. Can you tell I procrastinate a lot  Grin2:-)

Annette

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Post by: Westheathdave on March 21, 2015, 05:09:53 PM
 Grin2:-) Well done both of you Gee and Aftermidnight. You are certainly well organised Annette over the pond sounds really nice your garden good luck with it.  ThU32:-)
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Post by: wonky on March 22, 2015, 09:28:18 PM
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Big Bertha has a Briggs & Stratton 5.5HP power unit & that's also a joy when it comes to starting - especially the first pull of the season. There's nothing more infuriating than a damned rotovator (or boat) that you can't trust to start![/font][/size]

My lawn mower is equipped with the Briggs & Stratton power unit. It stands outside, in all weathers, with just a sheet over it and always starts with minimal effort. I'm not even sure how old it is. I've had it since 2004 and my dad had it for quite a number of years before that.  ThU:-)

Wonky. 
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 22, 2015, 11:10:37 PM
 Grin2:-) Been doing a bit in the garden today. The flowers are looking lovely here are some pics.
The plants in the corner I made last Oct
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Post by: Big Gee on March 22, 2015, 11:12:13 PM
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Big Bertha has a Briggs & Stratton 5.5HP power unit & that's also a joy when it comes to starting - especially the first pull of the season. There's nothing more infuriating than a damned rotovator (or boat) that you can't trust to start![/font][/size]

My lawn mower is equipped with the Briggs & Stratton power unit. It stands outside, in all weathers, with just a sheet over it and always starts with minimal effort. I'm not even sure how old it is. I've had it since 2004 and my dad had it for quite a number of years before that.  ThU:-)

Wonky.

If that isn't a perfect recommendation then nothing is Wonky!  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on March 22, 2015, 11:13:58 PM
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Grin2:-) Been doing a bit in the garden today. The flowers are looking lovely here are some pics.
The plants in the corner I made last Oct

You're putting me to shame again Dave!!  Grin2:-)
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Post by: wonky on March 23, 2015, 12:53:12 AM
Moved my water barrels from adjacent the central path to the boundary of the plot which has opened up the space considerably. Moved and turned some of my manure which doesn't appear to be rotting down very quickly and no sight of worms in it at all. I'm guessing that the problem is that it is mainly bedding material consisting of straw and wood chips and not much actual horse muck. Hopefully given enough time it will rot down properly. The empty bay created was then filled up with fresh muck which is almost entirely horse droppings and virtually no bedding material. Maybe I will have to mix the two to get it all composting properly?

Wonky. 
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Post by: dimogga on March 23, 2015, 08:39:03 AM
Absolutely nothing useful! Picked some veg from the greenhouse (Could be raab quarantina) and had that for lunch yesterday with pesto.
Drank tea and enjoyed the sunshine on the allotment carpark with friends. Lovely.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 23, 2015, 08:51:25 AM
Did loads again yesterday. My drive is to get as much done before escaping to New Zealand next month. So I spent the day working on the new barn construction which now ready for the box profile roofing to go up, and then a total overhaul of the blueberry plantation cage. I'll put up a few pic's next time to show progress.

The original hardwood woodchip flooring in the blueberry cage has decomposed to the most wonderful humus-rich medium so I have been riddling barrow loads and transporting it up to replenish the raised herb gardens near the house.

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Post by: Lottylady on March 23, 2015, 02:04:39 PM
ooo New Zealand.....one place I would love to see but way to far for me to travel.....so send us pics when you get there so we can drool over the climate.......or should I say climates....


well don drilled together scaff planks ....still not staked in yet but they look the biz. Now folks at the allotments want some and Ive been asked to get some more and leave by gate.

Today got my new strawberries.....gone for Dobies of Devon.....Mara des Bois.....need fresh plants and romantically dream of devon.......plus I can read their labels + packets other companies fill the space with so much stuff I cannot read it without my glasses....

bed already dug the other day...sprinkled grow more....then think layer of compost then weed membrane....then plants...water back on so easy to water.

Strawberries.....all that is missing is the straw which is not that easy to get in London.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on March 24, 2015, 09:07:35 AM
Well, continuing work on the new field shelter/cow barn ( complete with neccessary tea break).

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Into the bleberry cage for more refurbishments

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Good to see the new season's tomatoes all beginning to sprout, now. Since I checked this morning I notice that the first of the 'Gigantomo' seeds has sprouted.

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All the Grafted fruit scions - including 4 Bardsey Island Apples, courtesy of one very generous Hairy Celt - Standing in the small greenhouse where they will stay until June.

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Post by: aftermidnight on March 24, 2015, 03:31:23 PM
Tommy, you've been a busy boy :). Hope you and your better half have a great trip, New Zealand has always intrigued me, lucky you.
Wonky, are those 45 gal. blue barrels you use for water barrels, I've got 6, only one in use right now in the greenhouse, the other 5 are stored along our side fence. It looks like we are heading for a drought situation this summer so today it looks like I'll be filling them up before water restrictions start, I see a lot of hand watering this summer :(. I was going to do this the other day but got sidetracked,  unfortunately not an unusual thing for me usf:-(

The scientists are scratching their heads over why the ocean is 3° warmer here (upper west coast), not great for the salmon industry. They haven't linked it to global warming, but they can't say that this isn't one of the causes. The east coast got the brunt of it, they had their winter along with ours piled on top. They'll be digging out for weeks.
Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 24, 2015, 03:48:30 PM
 clap:-) Well it is all go now on here well done wonky & Tommy sure having a good go there have to call tommy the heavy gang with all that mechanical help  :-Yes
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Post by: wonky on March 24, 2015, 03:51:12 PM
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Wonky, are those 45 gal. blue barrels you use for water barrels
Hi Annette I think this side of the pond that they are 210 litre barrels but yes near enough 45 gallons. There isn't any mains water on our allotment site so storing water from shed and greenhouse roofs is essential.  Otherwise it has to be carried from home which is hard work! I have six 20 litre containers which fit in the back of the car so in emergencies I can top up the barrels from the tap. It takes 2 trips just to fill one barrel but if it means not going without water then it has to be done!
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 24, 2015, 03:59:36 PM
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Wonky, are those 45 gal. blue barrels you use for water barrels
Hi Annette I think this side of the pond that they are 210 litre barrels but yes near enough 45 gallons. There isn't any mains water on our allotment site so storing water from shed and greenhouse roofs is essential.  Otherwise it has to be carried from home which is hard work! I have six 20 litre containers which fit in the back of the car so in emergencies I can top up the barrels from the tap. It takes 2 trips just to fill one barrel but if it means not going without water then it has to be done!

That's what you call dedication to your plot  ThU432:-)
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Post by: aftermidnight on March 24, 2015, 05:34:09 PM
....just came in from the greenhouse  ;D one of the Sea Kale seeds I planted on the 17th has sprouted, they say you're doing good if one in ten sprout, I planted 15 seeds. No sign of the Skirret popping through but it's early days yet. Crosne are looking good in their scotch pots and the Oca is up and growing, all in all I'm a happy camper.
After lunch back to the greenhouse to prick out some more tomato seedlings, not growing as many varieties this year, Rinaldo, Goldman's Italian American, Celebrity and Cherokee Purple. Cherries and salad, Cherokee Green Grape, Cheerio, Indigo Rose,  Black Opal, Yellow Pear and Tigro. Thanks Tommy for these last three. Love those cherries cut in half and added to salads. Next month I'll be starting the beans, the last couple of years I've been starting them all in the greenhouse planting out when they have their first pair of leaves, success rate has been 100%.
The bed is all ready for my Aeron Purple Stars, I don't know when I have been looking forward to a first picking as much as this one, yum....
Annette
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Post by: aftermidnight on March 24, 2015, 05:43:53 PM
...ooops forgot one Rio Fuego, can't forget that one, one of my favorite tomatoes. Determinate growth habit, great for salads stuffing, sandwiches, sauces. Firm flesh, love this one for a Greek salad.
Annette
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on March 24, 2015, 07:11:43 PM
Well so good to see that we are all getting back outside to the soil and starting to get ready for the busy growing season ..
And our tommo he,s always on the go 25 hours a day 8 days a week your like a human dynamo  cwl:-]  ...
Hope to get to my plot tomorrow and do a little also got to sort out the tubs and baskets in the front garden aswell sometime this week ..
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on March 25, 2015, 03:38:04 PM
well off we trotted with a nip in the air but brill sunshine.....planted out broad beans....one bed now ready...strawberries, sorrel, comfrey + finally broad beans. Did a bit of light digging...spreading compost.

Little bit at a time.....keep the back in line........oh and sowed seeds of Hyacinth Bean.....a climber that Ive never tried.
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Post by: aftermidnight on March 25, 2015, 04:06:48 PM
Lottie, I'll be interested to hear how the Hyacinth bean does for you, I'm growing a bush Hyacinth bean this year called 'India Bush'. Seed was sent to me by a very generous person on Garden Web, I've never grown Hyacinth beans before, apparently the pods can be eaten when very young.
Annette
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Post by: Lottylady on March 25, 2015, 04:39:44 PM
They took a bit of tracking down.....12 seeds....so Ive sown 6.....hoping to bring them home + mix them with other purple clematis, lime green hop, white rose + a bit of ivy. I am after the purple flowers saw a pic...fell in lurve....searched for seeds....got them off ebay in the end....  http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/justseed?_trksid=p2047675.l2559  justseedUK

hope that helps....

Title: A NEW WHAT DID YOU DO IN GARDEN OR ON PLOT FOR 2015 SPRING
Post by: Westheathdave on March 26, 2015, 02:26:52 PM
 RedFaced:-( I thought  I would start a new one as the other one getting a bit big at 47 pages long.
I am waiting for a phone call to go to plot and let the guys in with a skip as we are having a big clear up at the site try and tidy it up a bit, unfortunately I will not be taking part as I am away this weekend with ramble club.
Title: Re: A NEW WHAT DID YOU DO IN GARDEN OR ON PLOT FOR 2015 SPRING
Post by: Westheathdave on March 26, 2015, 08:53:34 PM
 :-Yes Good news on the seed front in greenhouse my peas are shooting lovely some onions are going green leaved yipee   ThU:-)
Title: Re: A NEW WHAT DID YOU DO IN GARDEN OR ON PLOT FOR 2015 SPRING
Post by: aftermidnight on March 26, 2015, 10:01:55 PM
Just came in from the greenhouse the Crosne are putting on growth, the Oca have sprouts and the Sea Kale seeds are popping through, no sign of the Skirret yet but I've read these can take awhile to germinate. Potted on some more Tomatoes.  Repotted the tuberous Begonia cuttings I took off Sweet Lady and Sweet dreams, these two are really fragrant, scent of roses, lovely.  It's it's a good job I took a couple of cuttings last summer as the $#%@^ weevils put paid to the two remaining tubers I had. It sounds like I need to get going with the beneficial nematodes again this year, I usually water these in around the Rhodos, good for Begonias too but haven't done so for the last couple of years. I read a hint if you lay a slice of potato in the pot with your Begonia tubers the &%$#%^ weevils will lay their eggs in these instead of your tubers. I haven't tried it so don't know if it works or not.
Out in the garden I planted out a few more perennials I had wintering in my pot ghetto. I see the few Broome Longkeeper potato onions I managed to beg off someone, (yes I beg and snivel if need be) are starting to show signs of growth as are the topsetters Red Catawissa and McCullar's I begged for these too lol(1)
Spring has arrived, came in like a lamb, does that mean it's going to go out like a lion, I hope not, we don't get them very often but we can get some vicious wind storms here. One year one of these  storms devastated Stanley Park on the mainland.
Annette
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Post by: dimogga on March 30, 2015, 04:29:29 PM
Picked some stuff in the greenhouse. :)
Was very briefly sunny!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: aftermidnight on March 30, 2015, 06:51:20 PM
The sun is trying to shine through, it would be nice if it did. This morning I've been potting up some Rat Tail Radish seedlings for our garden club plant sale. I thought I had lost the first ones I seeded,  got distracted and forgot to put the tray of 4 packs in the greenhouse that night. The next morning the birds must of had a go at them, some of the soil had been scratched out so... I put a bit more soil in and replanted,  now there coming back gangbusters, I only want 3 or 4 plants so I have lots to take to the sale. Moved a few perennials out of one bed to another to make more room for bean poles :)
 
12 of the 15 Sea Kale seeds I planted have sprouted, feeling good about that as have read they can be difficult and... the Skirret is coming up like hairs on a dogs back, looks like I'll be potting some of those up for the plant sale too.

 Crosne are still in scotch pots with a copper mesh band around each one, damn slugs and snails had thought they had found a smorgasbord so far so good I haven't seed signs of any munching.
 
The Oca are starting to push through, will leave these in the greenhouse until May then plant out in tubs.  I ordered some Oca true seed from Cultavariables in the States, I'm going to try my hand at growing a few from seed, looks like I may get some different colored ones.
 
Getting a couple of Yacon starts is still in the works, have my fingers crossed on this. Time to get back to my potting bench and pot up some more of those tomato seedlings, once that's done I can give the extras away, greenhouse space is always at a premium around here.

Took Hubby out last night for a meal at one of our favorite restaurants, his 78th birthday, for the next six months I tell people I'm living with an old man... then mums the word, we're not getting older just better  Grin2:-).
Annette
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on March 30, 2015, 09:45:02 PM
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Picked some stuff in the greenhouse. :)
Was very briefly sunny!

Looking good Di - you're miles ahead of me!
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Post by: Big Gee on March 30, 2015, 10:18:46 PM
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RedFaced:-( I thought  I would start a new one as the other one getting a bit big at 47 pages long.

You'll clutter the boards up if you keep on replicating topics Dave, (you've already done it once on the 'Weather Today' board) and you'll make things confusing for members. No problem having lots of pages, just set your profile to 'Show most recent posts at the top'. To do that go to Profile/Account Settings & then select the Modify Profile' tab' then select 'Look and layout'

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Tick the appropriate box as shown below & save your settings.

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I'll move this topic back to the original board - after everyone's had a chance to read it.
Title: Re: A NEW WHAT DID YOU DO IN GARDEN OR ON PLOT FOR 2015 SPRING
Post by: dimogga on March 31, 2015, 10:55:48 AM
Not my garden .. but have been and given the keys for the sheds at the community garden to the man who is going to take it over. Feel a bit sad giving it up, but I really have too many hobbies and that one had to go. :(

He's been involved in a community garden before, so that's fab. :)
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Post by: Westheathdave on March 31, 2015, 11:42:27 PM
SORRY GEE FOR REPLICATING POSTS NEVER THOUGHT OF REVERSING ORDER OF SHOW ONLY TRYING TO BE HELPFUL MATE HOLD MY HAND OUT FOR THE CANE  cry:-(
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on April 01, 2015, 12:11:40 AM
Don't be silly Dave! We ALL make little mistakes - now put your hand back in your pocket!!  lol(1)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on April 09, 2015, 08:01:13 PM
Had a day at the plot yesterday planted my earlies and took the mower and cut the path if my veg grows as well as the grass path i will be happy ..  So had today off and took it easy ....
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: aftermidnight on April 09, 2015, 08:54:59 PM
FINALLY got the rest of my tomato seedlings potted up,  I cut the amount of tomatoes I'm growing this year in half and still ended up with half a 6' bench full, oh well in a couple of weeks I'll be be rid of most of them to family and friends, get my precious bench space back  ThU432:-).  I have a very handy potting bench in the lath house made from a half sheet of plywood cut lengthwise, hinged to posts so I can drop it down when not in use, it's low enough I can sit and work if the old pins start aching.
 
Still have to prick out the Skirret seedlings, they came up like hairs on a dog's back, looks like I'll be giving a lot of those away too. The rattail radish are all potted up, ready for our garden club's plant sale next month,
another job done  ThU432:-)
 
And those succulents, they need repotting as well, that is the ones I have left after being laid up for a year and a bit, they are looking a little sad right now, all going right this should all be remedied soon.

I moved the pots of Crosne out into my garden room to harden off, Oca is soon to follow, both these will be planted in big tubs later on once there's no chance of frost.

This afternoon I think I'll have a go at washing the winter algae off my greenhouse roof, it's almost time to put the shade cloth up, that is if I can find the strength to get out of this chair, and.... if I have any omph left, get the rest of the weeds out of the bean pole bed and mulch with straw, I'm going to try the no dig method on this bed, 11 poles for beans(2 rows), cages for cucumbers and tomatoes in front.
If I manage to get all this done, after I get supper out of the way it's couch potato time in front of the telly and hopeful watch  a Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, I'll put it on record just in case I nod off  Zzz1 :-].
Annette
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on April 09, 2015, 10:57:41 PM
 Grin2:-) All being well I am hoping to have a day at the plot to catch up on a lot of outstanding jobs on the plot got to get beds ready for spuds, peas, onions, leeks  and move some rasberries that were temporary and nearly become permanent.  :-)snigger
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Westheathdave on April 10, 2015, 11:28:38 PM
Well did get to plot as I promised myself managed to clear top of plot
Here is a couple of photo's before and after.

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Post by: Big Gee on April 10, 2015, 11:45:01 PM
Busy boy Dave - it's definately getting there!  ThU5:-)
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on April 11, 2015, 09:52:51 AM
Well can't do nowt as it is pouring down....but watering in my outdoor seeds......house garden ready for the big day.....Boat Race day.....Im by Barnes bridge on tv BBC1 at 4.15.....great copter shots of the river. Will be waving + cheering down below.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 11, 2015, 11:08:58 AM
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Well can't do nowt as it is pouring down....but watering in my outdoor seeds......house garden ready for the big day.....Boat Race day.....Im by Barnes bridge on tv BBC1 at 4.15.....great copter shots of the river. Will be waving + cheering down below.

I woke up to the noise of a heavy rain shower in the middle of the night. When I got up this morning it was sunny, but there's a very chilly and strong breeze here - perfect for working though! I'll give it another hour or so to fully dry up then it's back to the plot - must make the most of this nice weather, although the forecast last night said it was going to be dry next week again - let's hope so  8)

You're probably getting what's blown over to the east from us - if the sun comes out for you like it has here then it'll be a nice day for 'messing about on the river"!
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 11, 2015, 10:44:58 PM
After a wet and windy night  and showery morning weather cleared nicely and the sun came out tho not as warm as yesterday BUT perfect for digging was making new bed at top of plot for my raspberries. Very hard going heavy clay soil and very sticky getting all the weeds out first. will put some pics on when finished./size]
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Post by: dimogga on April 12, 2015, 08:54:58 PM
Site inspection wi two nice plot holders. :-)
Didn't rain but was freezing in the wind.
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Post by: spuds on April 14, 2015, 12:20:44 PM
done a bit today put  in 12 hispi cabbage plants, 3 rows of beetroot seeding,  3 rows of onions that I grew in greenhouse
was hoping see my spuds poking there heads up but not yet, nor is the parsnips I sowed 

in the greenhouse got the seeds from a red, green and yellow pepper that we got from lidi  going to see what comes of them
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Post by: dimogga on April 14, 2015, 03:20:41 PM
Inspected my bees.
One hive is almost not a hive at all. Very few bees but nice laying pattern. Another one has plenty of bees but bad laying pattern> Need to combine these two I think.
Other two are good and will get a super on later in the week!
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Post by: FoodieForager on April 14, 2015, 03:30:58 PM
A glorious 5 hours spent down lottie today...enjoyed every second!!!
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Lottylady on April 14, 2015, 04:50:56 PM
well a friend is digging the central path for me.....tidying up paving stones.....hopefully brick work path......but a little at a time after his work. He has my keys....feels weird not having keys and being able to just pop down plot.....watering pots at home.........got allotment committee meeting this eve. The chair a lovely get things done lady will be leaving.....so not sure if Im staying....its jolly hard work feeding them all. Anyhow the new chair may have someone else in mind....
Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: Big Gee on April 15, 2015, 12:03:45 AM
What did I do on my allotment today? Well if I said that a Soviet gulag would appear like a holiday camp compared to what we got through today will give you a rough idea!

The only difference is that we emerged from the lottie with smiles on our faces in the knowledge that we had achieved lots of jobs well done. The poor gulag inmates would feel just as tired and stiff but would be looking a lot more miserable - the poor dabs.

Another vstraight nine hours of hard work and it's shaping up well  ThU:-)

A semi day off tomorrow - got to take HI to get her eyes exaamined, she's been told she has a hole in the retina of one eye. As she has to have pupil dilation drops put in for the examination she'll need me to lead her around while she looks like an evil eyed vampire for a few hours! However it'll probably be back to the plot later in the day - MUST "make hay while the sun shines".
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Post by: Lottylady on April 15, 2015, 04:05:37 PM
scorchio!.....hot, hot, hot.....watered greenhouse + big pots of blueberries ....did a little weeding.....hosed the old dog down to cool her for walk back.....but got to get beds ready.... a few nigellas + forget me nots round edges.
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Post by: aftermidnight on April 15, 2015, 07:14:28 PM
Just got in from pounding in 11 bean poles in one bed, 4 in another,  only 18 more to go. That and a couple of trellis', the pole beans are taken care of. The bush beans are another matter  mad:-|.
Crosne, Oca, and Yacon are coming along in their pots, soon to be transplanted out into larger containers. Pinched back 15 baskets of Fuchsias and gave them a drink of fish, rather stinky in the greenhouse right now. Tomatoes are looking decent, they got a little boost of fish too. Another couple of weeks and they will be potted on into larger pots, there they'll stay until sometime in May, weather permitting they'll then get planted out in the garden. Hope to get a little more weeding done this afternoon. Old bones tell me not to do too much of the same thing when planning a day in the garden. I was going to say something about keep changing positions is a good thing but it wasn't coming out right  lol(1).

Annette

Title: Re: WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY IN YOUR GARDEN / ALLOTMENT
Post by: scary crow on April 15, 2015, 07:50:25 PM
Had a few hours at the plot yesterday  that was enough for me cant do 2 days on the trot and 9 hours like you,ve been doing  Big Gee would cripple me for days ..  Some days are a struggle at the plot when things need to be done and we cant do. We always seem to get the jobs done eventually and we see how we manage to get on through the year and then decide if we are going to rent for another season looking at how im struggling this season dont think there be too many more have to find another easier hobby maybe get into my drawing more that dont give me blisters or a bad back  cwl:-]  .
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Post by: dimogga on April 15, 2015, 07:59:54 PM
Gave away a few plants I had left over. Sowed some more seeds.
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 15, 2015, 09:19:24 PM
 CThUpD:-) Another lovely day here not quite as warm as yesterday but ok for digging only did about 3 1/2 hrs as was out for lunch with my dad.
Very hard going solid clay the ground is and full of couch grass slow going removing it all will get there in the end and it will be worth it in the end. A weed free area (but not for long if I know the weeds on my plot they grow better than the crops)  CW ;-)
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Post by: Big Gee on April 16, 2015, 12:15:57 AM
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. . . . . see how we manage to get on through the year and then decide if we are going to rent for another season looking at how im struggling this season dont think there be too many more . . . . .

That's incredibly sad news Scary - please don't act in haste & repent at leisure! I nearly did that the first I year after my wobble with the ticker, when I was really struggling, but I'm glad now I didn't.
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Post by: toptaff on April 16, 2015, 04:55:05 PM
Today was all about the six P's (Prior Preparation Prevents P*ss Poor Performance -for the uninitiated)
Well,that's the theory anyway.
I finished off securing my bean frame ready for the runners to go out when fully hardened off.
I prepped the seed bed for the kale & the parsnips.
And I applied the first dose of nematodes to try & ward off the evil slug devils.
Last years chard has almost  run out & the next lot are still a bit small because I was late planting.Typical!!!
Now I've run out of energy so I'm off for a brew & some feet up time.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 16, 2015, 09:18:18 PM
ALL the beds are now prepared with spuds quietly sitting in their nrows (all 6 forty foot rows of them. Another full day today - I hope to get a few snaps uploaded tomorrow (if I remember to take my camera with me! I forget something EVERY day!).

The plot is now brown tilled soil from corner to corner  Grin2:-)

I'm totally wrecked from corner to corner!
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 16, 2015, 10:02:03 PM
 Grin2:-) Slowly but surely getting there about a quarter done now a couple of pics. 1 The progress of the new bed. 2 The bag of couch horrible stuff nearly half full already the bag is.

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Post by: scary crow on April 16, 2015, 11:18:20 PM
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. . . . . see how we manage to get on through the year and then decide if we are going to rent for another season looking at how im struggling this season dont think there be too many more . . . . .

That's incredibly sad news Scary - please don't act in haste & repent at leisure! I nearly did that the first I year after my wobble with the ticker, when I was really struggling, but I'm glad now I didn't.


I,ll see how we manage this season ..  Yes know you have gone through similar BG but the good thing was they repaired your ticker I have to just try and cope with pain killers no repairs for me ..  it,s friday tomorrow and all i,ve managed this week is one day at the plot [tuesday]  for a few hours ...
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Post by: Big Gee on April 17, 2015, 12:10:30 AM
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I,ll see how we manage this season ..  Yes know you have gone through similar BG but the good thing was they repaired your ticker I have to just try and cope with pain killers no repairs for me ..  it,s friday tomorrow and all i,ve managed this week is one day at the plot [tuesday]  for a few hours ...

Well I wouldn't go so far as say they 'repaired' my ticker Scary. I suffered a major heart attack because a clot blocked my LAD artery, which starved my bottom left venticle muscle of blood - effectively killing it, that's what a major myocardial infarction (heart attack) does. When a section of your heart muscle dies it stays dead - no resurrections! They removed the clot, stuck in a stent to strengthen the part of the artery that had suffered the clot, but as for repairing the heart muscle, well they can't quite do that yet, at least not until they perfect stem cell treatment. You never recover more than 80% of the efficiency of your heart - it's usually more like 40 - 60% assuming the cardiac exercises you do manages to compensate a little more. So although I'm 'recovered' I'm still only working on about threequarters capacity - believe me you miss that bit that's died!

Don't give up my friend - just reduce your speed. I've been down my plot all week, what I've achieved at a reduced work rate is equivalent to what I would have achieve in two days in 2010. I won't bore you with the other health obstacles I have, I need painkillers on a daily basis as well, but the secret is don't give up - just adjust and accept what you are capable of, it's not a competition. If you managed a few hours for one day this week, then so be it, but the enjoyment is greater than sitting at home with no plot, wishing you could just sit for a couple of hours on your plot - even if you don't do any work on it.

I know it can get you down & it's easier said than done, poor health is a curse. Keep your chin up!  ThU:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on April 17, 2015, 12:14:21 AM
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Grin2:-) Slowly but surely getting there about a quarter done now a couple of pics. 1 The progress of the new bed. 2 The bag of couch horrible stuff nearly half full already the bag is.


Nice going Dave. I'm sure couch grass was put on this earth to punish us!!! HORRIBLE stuff. They all make such a fuss about Japanese knotweed, personally I think it's tame compared to mare's tail & couch grass!  cry:-(
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Post by: dimogga on April 17, 2015, 12:54:50 PM
Have harvested the last leeks that are worth digging up. Have made leek and potato soup for lunch. Yummy.

Did some dock digging and got a bucket full before I got distracted.

Have given away a blackcurrant bush to the new plot holder who has cracked on and got some more spuds in!
Other new one has been down and has got the rotavator out! :)
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Post by: Big Gee on April 17, 2015, 10:53:56 PM
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Have harvested the last leeks that are worth digging up. Have made leek and potato soup for lunch. Yummy.

Did some dock digging and got a bucket full before I got distracted.

Have given away a blackcurrant bush to the new plot holder who has cracked on and got some more spuds in!
Other new one has been down and has got the rotavator out! :)

Sounds promising Di  ThU5:-)
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Post by: dimogga on April 18, 2015, 03:49:06 PM
It is! One's been back today with a spare wheelbarrow tyre for me!Gave him a jar of honey as a thank you! :)

Have done some weeding. Dug up some rogue raspberries and found them a home.
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Post by: aftermidnight on April 18, 2015, 08:28:54 PM
Back to weeding today, yesterday I weeded the gravel walk beneath my old pergola, spent two and a half cruddy hours pulling buttercup, couch grass and that damn Herb  Robert  HB:-(.  Over the years the top cross pieces have developed a bit of a slant to them, developed a bit of character is what I say ;D. Once the Wisteria, which I thought had died but has come back and all the Clematis plus the Akebia vine get going who's going to notice those top pieces. Today so far I've cut all the old dead foliage off from around the Siberian Iris and tidied up the arch where I have Golden Hops planted, planted two Jackmanii clematis one on each side, should look nice purple flowers amongst the golden foliage. I still have to weed the rest of the gravel paths in this part of the garden this afternoon then I'm going to call it a day.

Annette
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Post by: Lottylady on April 18, 2015, 10:07:31 PM
Scary do a little bit at a time.....like a patchwork then it all comes together..I thought Id twanged a nerve or muscle in the back but it was a kidney infection. Over half an hours walk is exercise...so the walk to plot is half an hour I was sacred at first in case my back gave way.....but slowly trotted up there did a little bit.

Today I finished 5 beds ready. Get compost tomorrow. Slowly gaining order out of the untamed garden.


Ask for help .....down our plots an out of work chap digs for £10 an hour .
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 18, 2015, 10:22:39 PM
 CThUpD:-) Well another sunny day here more progress on the new bed for the raspberries. Started on removing weeds from heap of soil to use to build up ground and also started riddling the soil, got one barrowload so far. Slow and tedious work but worth it as it lovely soil the plants will love it (the weeds do  ;D )
A couple more pics. >


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Post by: Big Gee on April 18, 2015, 11:54:25 PM
What did I do today on my plot? Simple answer - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!  spf:-(

Why? Because this morning my beloved got up very early, sneaked out of the house to exercise her bus pass -  in the hope of coming home early with surprise 'goodies' for our grandson Cai who's with us for the weekend. Nice thought.

Five minutes later she was back, waking me up with tears streaming down her face! She's only fallen over going down the hill by our house, landed on her forearm and CRACK! She had a big lump sticking out of her arm just above her left wrist, blood pouring from her hand where she's scraped the skin off her fingers and a huge gash on her foot. She'd also hurt her back. A wonderful way to be woken up!

Half an hour later we were at the hospital A & E department. She got X-Rayed and the orthopedic surgeon discovered she had a clean break of her radial bone (that's one of the two large bones of the forearm). Worse news she had also nearly pushed the long end of the break out through her skin! It was too bad to be set so major manipulation was required by operating on her arm under general anaesthetic.

She was up in the operating theatre fo an hour and a half this afternoon, so that the two ends of the break could be brought together and wires inserted to keep them in position. I left her tonight - after a whole day in hospital - bandaged up and waiting to see the orthopedic surgeon again in  in the morning. How long he'll want her to stay in we don't know. What we do know is that she will now have a special cast for three weeks, and then, if the healing process is successful she'll have another operation to remove the wires and then possibly a full cast will be employed.

NOT a good day! Probably won't be much better tomorrow - don't you just love it when things like this happen out of the blue? Best laid plans of mice and men as Robert Bruce mentioned somewhere in his poem "Tae a Moose"!  cry:-(
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Post by: scary crow on April 19, 2015, 12:26:47 AM
Sorry to hear that news mate send josie our best wishes     BOF)   and wish her a speedy recovery well as speedy as can be expected after a tumble like that must have really frightened her she will be unable to do a lot now ... Luckily she has you to look after her cook clean and make sure she is comfortable .for the next few weeks at least ..  Keep me updated on her progress ..
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Post by: aftermidnight on April 19, 2015, 12:39:29 AM
OMG, so sorry to hear this Gee, I hope everything goes well, those kind of breaks are damn painful. How do I know this, I have an ankle with two plates a few screws and a couple of bolts, good as new now and hopefully Josie will be too. Still I feel for her right now, it's not fun. Sending her a big hug and wishing her a speedy recovery.
Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 19, 2015, 01:11:59 AM
 spf:-( OMG you could have done without that happening mate you got enough on your plate at the mo. Good job it was not any more serious than it is mind you that's bad enough.
Sam and I send our best regards to Josie and hope she get gets back to normal as soon as possible.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 19, 2015, 05:32:32 PM
Well she's home from hospital this afternoon. Now wearing a cast. Still has quite a bit of pain, but she's a long way off the state she was in yesterday morning! She's got to go back in ten days time.

Another day of 'nothingness' for me, as far as my plot is concerned. Ah well I needed the rest anyway (so I keep telling myself)  - although I'm just as tired and sleepy as before. Running around, hanging about and just doing nothing makes you wearisome doesn't it? That's why I hate shopping!

Thank you all for your kind comments.  :-)=
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Post by: scary crow on April 19, 2015, 06:17:57 PM
Good to hear that your josie is back home ..  Think it will be a few days before the pain starts to settle give her our best wishes  BOF)
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Post by: spuds on April 19, 2015, 07:06:17 PM
thank goodness we all have such a great health service  in this country of ours  ThU432:-)
get well soon Josie  BOF)
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Post by: dimogga on April 19, 2015, 08:01:50 PM
Best wishes to your missis for a speedy recovery. I do hope she's not in too much pain with it!
 BOF)
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Post by: aftermidnight on April 19, 2015, 08:30:29 PM
This  BOF)  is for you Josie,
So glad to hear your better half is back home Gee, her turn to be waited on, at least for a little while :).
Annette
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Post by: Lottylady on April 19, 2015, 10:07:23 PM
What an awful shock.......healing vibes your way ....get well real soon.... BOF) plenty of fresh veg to help recovery x
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 19, 2015, 10:50:44 PM
 BOF) Glad you got Josie back home now. Wishing her a speedy recovery now Nurse Gee is looking after her  :-)snigger
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Post by: Big Gee on April 19, 2015, 11:31:40 PM
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BOF) Glad you got Josie back home now. Wishing her a speedy recovery now Nurse Gee is looking after her  :-)snigger

Finding difficulty finding a nurse's outfit that fits properly, but they say I look quite fetching in the black stockings!  ROL :-))

Thanks Dave for your concern . . . .
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Post by: Lottylady on April 22, 2015, 11:00:40 PM
Well at least you got your muck.....compost. Down in London....missed trading shed as son was working....went to local garden centre at 5.30.....sold out of compost....so yuk...homebase.......got 2 bundles plus some seedlings soil.......drive back to plot where dear son wheel borrowed to plot for me.

In London good quality compost is like gold dust....difficult to find.

My own pile of home grown compost is ready to take 4 pumpkin plants which are slowly growing away.

Hope Josie is feeling better + over the shock.
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Post by: wonky on April 23, 2015, 12:07:10 AM
For various reasons I've not been getting down to the plot much recently. Washing machine broke so decided that there is only so much sticking plaster that can be applied to one machine and that a new one was in order. Then spotted some some good prices on ovens and the like so got involved with a bit of a kitchen revamp but its been needed for a while now and being able to cook without burning or over cooking food was something that had become a long forgotten luxury.

Anyway managed to plant my first lot of broad beans which had been nurtured in the greenhouse at home - they should have gone down to the plot about a fortnight ago but at least they are in the ground now.

Managed to gather just a single bucket of mole hill soil but with the addition of two buckets of well rotted horse muck replaced 3 buckets of yuk to create a small bed for some sweat peas. Eventually they will be trained over an arch - when I finish putting it together.

Dug out all the strawberry plants because last year the odd strawberry was ok but most were bitter and hard so will eventually replace with new plants. Unfortunately when the strawberries were planted the ground was only lightly dug so I missed all the rubble, broken glass, beer cans and compacted clay that lay a few inches beneath them. Once all that is removed the ground will be manured and used for a slightly larger potato bed for this year.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 23, 2015, 12:11:47 AM
Been a busy boy haven't you Wonky? Shame about having to mess around in the kitchen in weather like this - but not to worry, sometimes we have to get our prioroties right - for lots of reasons - not least keeping the woman of the house happy!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 24, 2015, 11:48:23 PM
Slowly but surely getting there with new raspberry bed horrible stuff couch grass, a slow job removing every bit you can find just over 3/4 done now.
Another Piccy.

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Post by: aftermidnight on April 25, 2015, 12:22:34 AM
I feel for you Dave, that couch grass is evil stuff, it can bore through everything even landscape ties. I've been dealing with it also, not as bad as it use to be, but I never seem to get it all.  Gives you a nice sense of satisfaction when you've cleared most if not all of it out of a bed before planting doesn't it?
Myself, just managed to clean another weed infested gravel path this morning, just got it done and the heavens opened up and it poured. The majority of the gravel paths have been gone over now, I should be able to keep on top of the weeds that appear with my handy dandy little weed torch from now on.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on April 25, 2015, 12:30:09 AM
You're definately getting there Dave! All my groundwork is done now - it looks a bit like a desert but hopefully will be turning green in the next few weeks! Seen my photies?

http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php/topic,1473.msg16558.html#msg16558 (http://www.gardenerschat-shed.net/forum/index.php/topic,1473.msg16558.html#msg16558)
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Post by: Big Gee on April 25, 2015, 12:37:24 AM
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I feel for you Dave, that couch grass is evil stuff, it can bore through everything even landscape ties. I've been dealing with it also, not as bad as it use to be, but I never seem to get it all.  Gives you a nice sense of satisfaction when you've cleared most if not all of it out of a bed before planting doesn't it?
Myself, just managed to clean another weed infested gravel path this morning, just got it done and the heavens opened up and it poured. The majority of the gravel paths have been gone over now, I should be able to keep on top of the weeds that appear with my handy dandy little weed torch from now on.
Annette

I've come to the conclusion over the years that on the whole couch grass and mare's tail are a worse nuisance than Japanese Knotweed. Whilst the JK gets the limelight as the big bad guy the really persistent devils are the other two!
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Post by: dimogga on April 25, 2015, 10:45:15 AM
JK goes through concrete so it taken much more seriously.

If you applied the same rigour to getting rid of the others then they'd disappear quicker.

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Post by: Big Gee on April 25, 2015, 01:11:51 PM
In my opinion JK is not the demon it's portrayed as. If left to it's devices in open ground it's spread reaches an optimal sized area and then stabilizes. Otherwise Japan would be covered in a jungle of the stuff from one island tip to another!

The question? Is the legendary concrete-smashing, tarmac-raising JK really the thug it is often made out to be, for the unsuspecting, gardening home-owner? It is certainly not something you want sitting on your doorstep. You occasionally read horror stories where innocents buy properties where the previous owners have deliberately sought to deceive, by mowing out every trace of the weed before moving on, and there are all sorts of scary things said about property values where knotweed is known to be lurking (a lot of it hyped up media rubbish, like the paranoia surrounding 'killer' bees a few years back - if you believed that you would have expected to have a whole continent of humans wiped out by now!). But generally knotweed is not something that creeps into your property behind your back, trees like willow planted too near to houses, where their roots penetrate a drain can be equally - if not more devastating, and dandelions are also masters at growing up through tarmac. Most gardeners know very well what they are dealing with, and it would seem that this plant, introduced innocently into this country from Japan - as an ornamental plant almost two centuries ago, is always an invader from wild, untended ground beyond garden owners’ control.

I'm not saying it's an angel either! However, I find things like bindweed, mare's tail and couch grass are far more annoying and equally, if not more difficult to get rid of - even though they don't have the muscle of JK it's like comparing the damage to human life caused by mosquitos compared to the number of people killed the world over by predatory animals - like big cats! You don't want a tiger in your garden, but it might be easier to deal with than a cloud of malaria carrying mosquitos parked on your lawn!  lol(1)

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Post by: Westheathdave on April 27, 2015, 10:07:56 PM
 Grin2:-) Some more progress today with raspberry bed first pic Nearly there now last bit to do. 2nd. Pic put some raspberry plants in. 3rd. pic the bed I rotivated with the old Landmaster soil just runs through your fingers.

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Post by: Big Gee on April 28, 2015, 12:07:22 AM
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Grin2:-) . . . 3rd. pic the bed I rotivated with the old Landmaster soil just runs through your fingers.

Good old 'pensioneer' Landmaster eh?

Looking good Dave  ThU:-)
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Post by: FoodieForager on April 28, 2015, 04:45:41 PM
A bit more digging done today and two rows of Chard done. Re-potted chillies,aubergines and gherkins then a GIANT RAT stopped play.....I hate rats!!  >:D
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Post by: Big Gee on April 29, 2015, 10:15:22 AM
We've got rats on our site too. They had a go at a few of my seed potatoes that were in the shed - not nice creatures, can't say they're my favourite mammal either. they don't scare me, but I don't get the urge to cuddle up to them!
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Post by: wonky on April 29, 2015, 03:51:19 PM
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Grin2:-) the bed I rotivated with the old Landmaster soil just runs through your fingers.

I can see that I may have to invest in a rotovator of some sort. I made the mistake of trampling on one section of ground over the winter mainly because it was easy access to the compost bins. Now that I have come to dig it over it is like rock and at best is just breaking into large fist sized lumps that won't break up any further.  Another lesson learnt hahaha!!!!
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Post by: Big Gee on April 29, 2015, 09:34:33 PM
You invest in a good rotavator & you can hang your spade up for good Wonky! It doesn't need to be a new one, there are stacks of cheap second hand hardly used ones around. In fact, very few rotavators wear out with a lifetime of use - if they're properly looked after. The Landmaster that Dave's been repairing proves that at 70 years of age- the rotavator that is - not Dave   ROL :-))

It is the one bit of machinery or tool on my plot that I could NEVER do without. Using a spade on an allotment plot is a form of madness & the recipe for years of stiffness, pain and a ruined back! It's one job where you can never compete with a machine, it's almost impossible to get the same result with a spade.
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Post by: Westheathdave on April 30, 2015, 07:43:05 PM
 clap:-)Hurray got the bed clear of weeds at last.
Think I may put my strawberries at the end I have just finished so the bed will be for strawberries and raspberries.
I will add some more good soil to raise the bed up and get some VITAX give it a try see if it breaks the clay up.

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Post by: Lottylady on April 30, 2015, 08:18:44 PM
well my beds are ready....I have a 3 pronged rakey thing.....use that to prepare to plant. Out went the shallots. Sowed beans, Violette + Cherokee Trail of Tears plus some nero.

One of the allotments by railway side had a foot high tomatoes planted outside!

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Post by: scary crow on April 30, 2015, 10:00:03 PM
Nowt done on the plot but painted the shed in the garden it needed a good coat looks nice now though got to do the picket fence next ....
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Post by: Big Gee on April 30, 2015, 10:06:28 PM
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well my beds are ready....I have a 3 pronged rakey thing.....use that to prepare to plant. Out went the shallots. Sowed beans, Violette + Cherokee Trail of Tears plus some nero.

One of the allotments by railway side had a foot high tomatoes planted outside!

Yep - mine too - the whole plot is ready for planting now & today I got my pea supports up and erected four wig-wam supports for the French beans, the famous 'V' frame for the runners has been up for a week now.

No sign of the spuds making daylight yet & the onion sets are very stubborn to get going, little wonder really, it's so damned cold in between bursts of sunshine, but the soil isn't really warmimg up. The trees are a bit slow coming into leaf as well, and even the weeds are hesitant! For the same reason I expect - a bit cold for them.
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Post by: Big Gee on April 30, 2015, 10:12:11 PM
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Nowt done on the plot but painted the shed in the garden it needed a good coat looks nice now though got to do the picket fence next ....

Rather you than me Scary, painting is one of those jobs I quite like the thought of, but I get hideously bored after about ten minutes & after half an hour I'm TOTALLY fed up with it! Josie is our painter par exellence - she loves it (and I'm glad!). Trouble is she's a bit handicapped at the moment - I'm now fed up of having to hook & unhook bra straps, peeling spuds & opening bottles and cans - almost as bad as painting!!!
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 01, 2015, 10:53:03 PM
Well another good afternoons work on the plot got half the raspberry plants out of temporary bed ( Only been there 2 years  :-)snigger )
Also been weeding the bed as am going along digging out the plants.
pic 1 the temp. bed slowly getting cleaned up.

Pic 2 11 plants in the new bed (I know it's late to be moving them should have got done last autumn)


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Post by: aftermidnight on May 02, 2015, 01:10:57 AM
Just came in from another afternoon pulling weeds out of yet..... another gravel path, trying to get them all done before it gets too warm here, I can't take heat it knocks the stuffing out of me soooooo, I'm at it fast and furious for another month, hoping to get all the heavy stuff done before the end of the month.

Planted up the last Yacon in 5 gallon buckets and repotted the Skirett into bigger pots, they'll stay in these until it's time to plant them out. Sea Kale is looking good but think I will grow them in gallon pots their first year.
My potato onions are looking good, I'm growing Broome Longkeepers, these have almost disappeared but I lucked out and got a few this spring, just growing them for stock this year, maybe next year we'll get to eat a few. Also have a few top setters to get in Red Catawissa and McCullar's White, I just pop these in wherever I can find a suitable spot, some of these end up in the oddest places  :).
It's friday night so we go out for dinner, take out for lunch tomorrow and it's hubby's turn to cook tomorrow night, probably get chili on toast. Sunday it's out for brunch but I give in and do a proper dinner Sunday night. That's right folks I hang the old apron up come the weekend  CThUpD:-)
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 02, 2015, 01:20:08 AM
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Well another good afternoons work on the plot got half the raspberry plants out of temporary bed ( Only been there 2 years  :-)snigger )
Also been weeding the bed as am going along digging out the plants.
pic 1 the temp. bed slowly getting cleaned up.

Pic 2 11 plants in the new bed (I know it's late to be moving them should have got done last autumn)


You're definately getting there Dave!  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on May 02, 2015, 01:27:35 AM
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Just came in from another afternoon pulling weeds out of yet..... another gravel path, trying to get them all done before it gets too warm here, I can't take heat it knocks the stuffing out of me soooooo, I'm at it fast and furious for another month, hoping to get all the heavy stuff done before the end of the month.

Planted up the last Yacon in 5 gallon buckets and repotted the Skirett into bigger pots, they'll stay in these until it's time to plant them out. Sea Kale is looking good but think I will grow them in gallon pots their first year.
My potato onions are looking good, I'm growing Broome Longkeepers, these have almost disappeared but I lucked out and got a few this spring, just growing them for stock this year, maybe next year we'll get to eat a few. Also have a few top setters to get in Red Catawissa and McCullar's White, I just pop these in wherever I can find a suitable spot, some of these end up in the oddest places  :).
It's friday night so we go out for dinner, take out for lunch tomorrow and it's hubby's turn to cook tomorrow night, probably get chili on toast. Sunday it's out for brunch but I give in and do a proper dinner Sunday night. That's right folks I hang the old apron up come the weekend  CThUpD:-)
Annette

Weeding is a thankless job Annette. Like you I find a lot of jobs in the heat takes the stuffing out of me as well - that's why 90% of my gardening is done in the evenings. I prefer to start after tea and work on till dark, rather than get exhausted in the daytime sun. I find my plot is far more enjoyable in the evening after the sun has gone down, it gets calm and the birds are still singing.

Interesting onion varieties you have there.

I try NEVER to put an apron on - so never have to hang it up!  lol(1)
Mind you this last fortnight has been a drudge helping out in the kitchen with a one armed wife!  what:-{

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Post by: Westheathdave on May 02, 2015, 09:56:39 AM
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My potato onions are looking good, I'm growing Broome Longkeepers, these have almost disappeared but I lucked out and got a few this spring, just growing them for stock this year, maybe next year we'll get to eat a few. Also have a few top setters to get in Red Catawissa and McCullar's White, I just pop these in wherever I can find a suitable spot, some of these end up in the oddest places  :).
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That's a new one for me never heard of potato onions before. You will have to enlighten me please. I have planted Welsh walking onions that I had not heard of before they were sent to me by Ladybird. They are doing quite well to. Great place for learning new things on here ay  CW ;-)

Correction should be  'Egyptian walking onions'
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Post by: Big Gee on May 02, 2015, 11:56:20 AM
Are you sure that's not 'Egyptian walking onions' that you have there Dave? Don't seem to recall that we have 'walking onions' in Wales! Although it is believed that the 'walking onions' are a hybrid cross between the common "bulbing" onion and the Welsh onion. They have characteristics of both.

See:
http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/downloads/Fact-File_egyptian_onions.htm (http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/downloads/Fact-File_egyptian_onions.htm)

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Post by: Westheathdave on May 02, 2015, 02:29:17 PM
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Are you sure that's not 'Egyptian walking onions' that you have there Dave? Don't seem to recall that we have 'walking onions' in Wales! Although it is believed that the 'walking onions' are a hybrid cross between the common "bulbing" onion and the Welsh onion. They have characteristics of both.

See:
http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/downloads/Fact-File_egyptian_onions.htm (http://aeronvale-allotments.org.uk/downloads/Fact-File_egyptian_onions.htm)

Hi Gee yes you are correct have been to bed since last october when I planted em  :-)snigger It's because you in Wales got confused LOL
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 02, 2015, 03:48:56 PM
Dave, potato onions a.k.a. multipliers are slightly bigger than a shallot. I was first confused by the term potato onion until I did a bit of research. I had always known them just as multipliers. They store well, easy to grow but seem to be falling out of favor my side of the pond. They can be pulled and used as a green onion when young but are usually harvested after they dry down, a nest of 5 or 6 bulbs, maybe more. Broome Longkeeper is an old heirloom and IMO one of the best I've grown, produces 2-3" onions.
Egyptian Walking Onions, Top Setters are the same thing, still looking for one more old timer 'Fleener's', (This heirloom topsetting onion produces white topsets as well as a 2-3" white bulb underground. The bulbils can be used as pickling onions and the greens can be used as bunching onions. The white bulbs underground can also be used for cooking. )

Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 02, 2015, 08:26:02 PM
 ThU:-) Thanks for that Annette very interesting all this new stuff one keeps picking up on here. Amazing the number of different varieties of veg around.  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on May 03, 2015, 07:45:29 AM
Yes that is interesting. I haven't come across them here.
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Post by: dimogga on May 03, 2015, 09:46:19 AM
Picked some rhubarb. Picked some for our new neighbour too.
Made a brew for two plotters who were working in the icy rain. Chatted until my fingers got frostbite and then went home :)
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Post by: Lottylady on May 03, 2015, 11:54:34 AM
well at home....wanted to test out my new 75' X hose......form the gardeners benevolent society..... http://shop.perennial.org.uk/stockinfo.asp?CAT=4000&STK=GY100725

but it is lightly raining!!!

putting out my summer bedding but its in a sheltered corner so should be free from any frost.
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 03, 2015, 03:38:38 PM
Won't get much done in the garden this morning, going to the Rhododendron Society's plant sale, not looking for Rhodies unless I see something I just can't live without but they usually have some vendors there with some interesting and unusual plants so will do a little browsing.
Yesterday we drove up island to Coombs to pick up some meat pies, there's a little bake shop up there who makes delicious meat pies and eccles cakes, also make a decent Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, yummy. My Gran was from Melton Mowbray she use to make them, one day I'll have to give it a try I know it will never be as good as hers though. Also stopped at a little nursery on the way back and picked up a few fuchsias, one I haven't grown before 'Flying Scotsman' hanging basket type, large flowers, white sepals, corolla red splashed white. The picture reminded me of 'Snowfire' although it's more of an upright.
This afternoon will be spent in the greenhouse starting more beans, by the by, the Aeron Purple Stars I planted out earlier are looking good  ThU:-).
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 03, 2015, 04:12:50 PM
Great news about the Aeron Purple Stars!

That fuschia sound a bit like 'Swingtime' too - that's my favourite for baskets.

We're looking forward to the smallholders & allotment show at the Royal Welsh showground later this month. There's a good selection of second hand gardening tools and lots of plant stalls there usually.


http://www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival/ (http://www.rwas.co.uk/spring-festival/)
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 03, 2015, 04:58:09 PM
Gee, I think 'Swingtime' is the best red sepal/ white corolla basket fuchsia ever bred, when I was into fuchsias big time every red sepal/white corolla fuchsia that ever past through my hands I compared to 'Swingtime' and they just didn't measure up so never kept any. Although....a fellow on Salt Spring Island had a sport from his .S.T., exact replica only the corolla was pink, lovely plant. That's the fun with fuchsias quite often they throw sports and walla, a new variety  ;D. Your smallholders& allotment show sounds like fun, enjoy.

Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 03, 2015, 05:05:09 PM
See? I always say that great mind think alike! 'Swingtime' is also my benchmark variety & I tend to judge others by it! What a coincidence - when you consider the thousands of varieties in circulation.

Here's a photo of it:

(http://www.kwekerijgommer.com/webshop/foto/Fuch_Swingtime.jpg)

That's also what I like about dahlias - the odd chance of getting a real show stopping 'sport' out of the blue. Adds a bit of excitement to life doesn't it?  lol(1)
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 03, 2015, 07:41:50 PM
BEAU---TI---FUL!!! Swingtime has been around for a long, long time, and yet to be beat IMO,
Just got back from the plant sale, picked up a couple, one I had lost several years back and haven't been able to find a replacement until now 'Impatiens omeiana' and a new one for me 'Polygontum verticillatum Rubrum', these will be planted in my garden room in the U- shaped planter around the koi pool. Also picked up some basket stuffers at the grocery store for the baskets to hang on the back fence, and I thought I'd just be playing in the greenhouse this afternoon. Mind you I have to quit about 3PM, but the old apron on, it's roast beef, yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and candied yams (actually orange sweet potato, why they call them yams is beyond me). Eccle cakes to go with coffee later on after we've digested that lot  ;)
Annette
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Post by: wonky on May 03, 2015, 07:50:59 PM
Hmmm wow Eccles Cakes!! Yum yum! Home made Annette?
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 03, 2015, 08:02:30 PM
I cannot tell a lie, yes home baked  Wonky, BUT..... I brought home some unbaked frozen ones yesterday from the little shop up island where I buy meat pies,  they didn't have any ready so after a little whining and then a bit of sucking up I weedled a half a dozen out of them.  I just had to put the egg white glaze and sugar on before popping them in the oven. I've never made them from scratch myself, another thing on my bucket list to try. There's Eccle cakes and then there's Eecles cakes, these one are down right delicious  :).
Annette
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Post by: wonky on May 04, 2015, 07:57:30 PM
We are not too far from Chatsworth House, home to the Duke of Devonshire, they have a farm shop and sell Eccles cakes that are to die for - but then everything they sell is top notch!

Whilst it has been such a good day today have cut the grass and done a little weeding at home before it starts to rain for the rest of the week - it all helps. Down on the allotment had a natter with my neighbour Roy and cleared the stones, broken glass and rusty nails that get tossed onto the paths as they appear from the ground - just maybe, perhaps one day, I will have removed it all and be free from other folks discarded rubbish!! 
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Post by: dimogga on May 04, 2015, 10:04:04 PM
Sowed, watered and enjoyed some nice chats on the plot.
Inspected bees this afternoon.
More chats.
Sunny.
Lovely.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 04, 2015, 10:09:08 PM
Sounds like a perfect day Di - my day's just been made up of taxing family all over the place!  usf:-(

Had tons to do on lottie, but never got round to it!
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Post by: wonky on May 05, 2015, 11:10:10 PM
Planted the APS, broad beans, peas and french beans in the relative comfort of the greenhouse. After that it was too windy for anything else!
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Post by: Big Gee on May 06, 2015, 10:26:06 AM
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Planted the APS, broad beans, peas and french beans in the relative comfort of the greenhouse. After that it was too windy for anything else!

Seeds & wind just don't mix do they Wonky?! I also need to get stuck in to the beans and peas - it's all a bit late this year, but until the soil warms up properly it's best to be a bit late. It's been a funny spring, plenty of sunshine (the most on record in April they reckon, since 1929). However it's odd because although we've had plenty of sunny days the soil hasn't retained that heat. On the bright side it means I've had a clear run at preparing the beds and getting everything ready for sowing & planting.
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 06, 2015, 07:13:56 PM
A few more pics of progress on raspberry bed.
 1: nothing but couch grass and creeping buttercup to contend with the 3rd bag of weeds now
2:The old bed full of weeds about 3/4 done now.
3:  the moved raspberries seem to be doing ok in their new home


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Post by: aftermidnight on May 06, 2015, 07:51:10 PM
Couch grass and buttercup Uuugghhh!!! I can so relate to this, your new raspberry bed looks great. My raspberry bed doesn't have to contend with those two thugs, just Spanish bluebells.
It's hard to believe that 6 or 7 years back we redid it, sifted all the soil, to remove all the Spanish bluebell bulbs, amended the soil and then planted the variety 'Tulameen' huge berries.
Must have been a lot of seed left behind because now this bed has a solid ground cover of Spanish Bluebells in white, pink and blue. It doesn't seem to hurt the raspberries so I guess I'll just have to live with them. Once the finish blooming I pull as many out as I can but doesn't make a dent.
On the other hand, in another part of the garden I now have a few English bluebells popping up and have my fingers crossed that they multiply and spread themselves around  :).
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 07, 2015, 12:48:24 AM
The raspberries are looking nice and healthy Dave! Is that a grimace or a smile as you choke the life out of that lump of couch grass!  lol(1)
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Post by: Big Gee on May 07, 2015, 12:52:17 AM
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Couch grass and buttercup Uuugghhh!!! I can so relate to this, your new raspberry bed looks great. My raspberry bed doesn't have to contend with those two thugs, just Spanish bluebells.
It's hard to believe that 6 or 7 years back we redid it, sifted all the soil, to remove all the Spanish bluebell bulbs, amended the soil and then planted the variety 'Tulameen' huge berries.
Must have been a lot of seed left behind because now this bed has a solid ground cover of Spanish Bluebells in white, pink and blue. It doesn't seem to hurt the raspberries so I guess I'll just have to live with them. Once the finish blooming I pull as many out as I can but doesn't make a dent.
On the other hand, in another part of the garden I now have a few English bluebells popping up and have my fingers crossed that they multiply and spread themselves around  :).
Annette

Amazing how they colonise an area they like isn't it? I hope they don't cross with those English blue bells of yours. There's a lot of concern here that many of our blue bell fields are getting contaminated with Spanish & Spanish/ English hybrids over here. 
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 07, 2015, 02:00:28 AM
Gee, I hope they don't cross, my English bluebells are at the top end of the garden, no Spanish near them nor will I allow them to get a foothold.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 07, 2015, 11:28:59 AM
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Gee, I hope they don't cross, my English bluebells are at the top end of the garden, no Spanish near them nor will I allow them to get a foothold.
Annette

Here's an interesting article for you Annette on the British v. Spanish bluebells problem in the UK:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17597489 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17597489)
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 07, 2015, 03:02:12 PM
Thanks for the article Gee, I've only seen pictures of Bluebells in mass in the UK, absolutely breathtaking. The scent must be amazing. I've bought English Bluebell bulbs in the past but this is the first time I've managed to get them growing, they actually look happy, must like where I planted them. I'd like to see them spread out into a carpet under my Azaleas.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 07, 2015, 09:13:20 PM
If they like their spot, they'll soon spread for you - given the right conditions they'll give most weeds a run for their money! Just keep them well away from their Spanish 'cousins' !  CW ;-)
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Post by: dimogga on May 08, 2015, 03:52:32 PM
Did some weeding this morning. Forecast said it was going to rain so I didn't think I'd get much done. Was baking hot and t-shirt weather.
It's rained this afternoon.

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Post by: Lottylady on May 08, 2015, 05:26:59 PM
aye up.....sipping a nice english beer....put my summer spectacular yellow...bacopa, aztec gold + eve primrose oils out......bean poles up.....tomatoes growing......peppers growing and it is VE Day 70 ......so got the bunting up for British Legion ...my old neighbours......folks have flags + bunting up. 70 years ago they were kissing in the streets + celebrating.

After election results ...only thing I can do is dig for victory.....grow food for my family. Hard times ahead I fear.
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 08, 2015, 06:08:25 PM
Put the Sea Kale and Skirret plants out to harden off, only going to keep six plants of each the rest are going to our garden club plant sale later this month. Yacon, Oca and Crosne plants are looking good so far. All are in containers so they can be moved into the greenhouse in the fall if needed to finish off. Tomatoes weren't hurt by the bit of hail we had, got them covered in time.
At last the tomatoes and other stuff I started for my daughter is leaving today, space is at a premium and I'm tired of tip toeing through everything out on my little patio.
Yesterday we strung the 11 poles in one bean bed, as soon as the beans have their true leaves they will be planted out, 8 plants to a pole.
Aeron Purple Stars are looking really good, such healthy looking leaves, it won't be long before they're climbing the netting. Barry Island and the white seeded Cherokee Trail of Tears are starting to germinate, along with about a dozen other varieties, when these are in I can start some more. Only one failure so far in the bean department, Bull Hunk, I think the seed I picked up at one of our Seedy Sundays was probably just too old, oh well you can't win them all.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 09, 2015, 01:46:18 AM
I'm glad to hear that you got your sea kale started Annette. I'm also chuffed that the Aeron Purple Stars are performing well for you too! They seldom let me down  Grin2:-)

My guess is you'll be really impressed with the Barry Island beans - they're a real winner.

Duff seeds is sometimes the downside of 'Seedy Sunday' events. Some less than principled people will sometimes take old seeds to be swapped that are sometimes past their best. But as you say "you can't win them all"!
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Post by: Big Gee on May 09, 2015, 01:52:01 AM
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aye up.....sipping a nice english beer....put my summer spectacular yellow...bacopa, aztec gold + eve primrose oils out......bean poles up.....tomatoes growing......peppers growing and it is VE Day 70 ......so got the bunting up for British Legion ...my old neighbours......folks have flags + bunting up. 70 years ago they were kissing in the streets + celebrating.

After election results ...only thing I can do is dig for victory.....grow food for my family. Hard times ahead I fear.

Sounds like you're progressing nicely Lottylady.

I fear for the next round of (that cute word) "austerity" that actually means a fleecing for the ones that can least afford it. But you know what they say - "people get the governments they deserve"! The power is in the hands of the people - it's a pity that many haven't got the sense they were born with! Hard hats on I guess  spf:-(
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Post by: dimogga on May 09, 2015, 09:32:03 PM
Site inspection with two and then a third plot holder.
then a visit to another allotment site for their open day. Had good chat with their secretary and ate lots of cake. Bought spare cake for the men folk who had been left behind.
Ended up back at our allotment and brewed up about 12 cups of tea for people. :)
Was very nice day on our site in the afternoon. Sunny. Nice chats. :)
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 10, 2015, 12:09:55 AM
Gee, I could hardly believe it, those Barry Island beans only took two days to germinate in damp paper towel in a plastic zip lock, they are now planted out.
Spent the last hour or so digging holes incorporating compost and getting my tomatoes in, 6 varieties in, 5 more to go. Not growing as many different varieties this year, Cherokee Purple, Celebrity, Rio Fuego, Goldman's Italian American and Rinaldo. The cherries/salad tomatoes, Indigo Rose, Tigro, Black Opal, Cherokee Green Grape, Cherrio and Yellow Pear. 
Thanks again you guys for the bean and tomato seeds, I'm really looking forward to growing them. Tonight it will be dragging the hose around for a couple of hours not my favorite thing to do  :(. Water restrictions are in force, it's every other day(we're odd days between the hours of 6-10 am and from 6-10pm) for the time being. We are allowed to use sprinklers for now, that could change tho, I'm heavily mulching everything with straw not only to keep the weeds down but to keep the soil moist.
Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 10, 2015, 06:57:35 AM
Great to hear you've got all those seeds going, Annette. Keep us informed. You'll be amazed at the sheer quantity of fruit you'll get on the Yellow Pear. I'll bet there is upwards of a hundred per truss. Just a word of advice about them, because they re so densely bunched on the trusses make sure there is plenty of ventilation around them as they will mildew very easily. Other than that they are very obliging and tasty.

This year (well, actually over the past 5 weeks since not going to NZ!) I have raised 30 different varieties of tomatoes, from which I will save the seed of the ones I consider the best. Just a heads up, too, over here some papers have been raving about a new tom' called Crimson Crush (you may have read about it on here) . These are supposed to be the first blight free tom's available. I sent off for 3 plugs at over 2 quid each, one of which arrived damaged.  After emailing Suttons Seeds explaining that they were damaged inside the package they immediately sent out 3 more. Excellent service from them  ThU:-). Anyhow I have 5 good ones now, all doing well so I can do an inside/outside trial this year. Devon is a very 'blighty' county so it will be a true test. None of the literature suggests they are F1's so I will save seeds and send you some.

Here's a link.    http://blog.suttons.co.uk/vegetable-growing/crimson-crush-fully-blight-resistant-tomato/

As I did last autumn, I will post my findings with an available seed list again this year.

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Post by: Big Gee on May 10, 2015, 11:47:27 AM
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Gee, I could hardly believe it, those Barry Island beans only took two days to germinate in damp paper towel in a plastic zip lock, they are now planted out.
Annette

Womderful! They are something a little special, more so given the circumstances in which I came across them. It goes to show that a little kindness is like an ever expanding ripple when it gets passed on and you never know the extend of it's achievement.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 10, 2015, 11:55:14 AM
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. . . . .  After emailing Suttons Seeds explaining that they were damaged inside the package they immediately sent out 3 more. Excellent service from them  ThU:-). Anyhow I have 5 good ones now, all doing well so I can do an inside/outside trial this year. Devon is a very 'blighty' county so it will be a true test. None of the literature suggests they are F1's so I will save seeds and send you some.

Here's a link.    http://blog.suttons.co.uk/vegetable-growing/crimson-crush-fully-blight-resistant-tomato/

As I did last autumn, I will post my findings with an available seed list again this year.

Good ol' Suttons eh?  clap:-)

It'll be a good test, if they're as good as they say they are, then I'll be first in the queue for a seed handout next year Tommo!

I wonder how they'll perform in the taste department? Be sure to keep us updated! I hope it's not a case of swings & roundabouts - as it is with blight resistant spuds, which on the whole are not great when it comes to taste. I'm sure you'll give us an accurate & knowledgeable review Tommo - as is usually your wont  CW ;-)
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 10, 2015, 03:57:26 PM
Wow a blight free tomato,  that would be really something and if they have a good flavor...can hardly wait to see how they do for you Tommy.

My Sweet Cicely plants are in full bloom now, hubby has been warned not to cut them back until I collect seed. I'll send the seed along to you and Gee as soon as it's ripe so you can plant it straight away.

Tommy do you still want some Keeled Garlic (winter chives) seed when it's ready? If so I'll send that along when it's ready, it will probably be later this summer remember, this one is a spreader if you don't deadhead it.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 10, 2015, 06:32:23 PM
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My Sweet Cicely plants are in full bloom now, hubby has been warned not to cut them back until I collect seed. I'll send the seed along to you and Gee as soon as it's ripe so you can plant it straight away.

Thanks Annette

 YRTB
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 11, 2015, 07:37:24 PM
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Wow a blight free tomato,  that would be really something and if they have a good flavor...can hardly wait to see how they do for you Tommy.

My Sweet Cicely plants are in full bloom now, hubby has been warned not to cut them back until I collect seed. I'll send the seed along to you and Gee as soon as it's ripe so you can plant it straight away.

Tommy do you still want some Keeled Garlic (winter chives) seed when it's ready? If so I'll send that along when it's ready, it will probably be later this summer remember, this one is a spreader if you don't deadhead it.
Annette

Ahhh, thanks for remembering, Annette. Yes I would love some please. Of course I will keep you posted as to the virtues of the Crimson Crush. I should have mentioned that I also acquired some 'Gigantomo'  seeds too nd they are well away too. I will take pic's and do a report about them too. Have a look.

http://www.vanmeuwen.com/fruit-and-vegetables/vegetable-seeds/tomato-seeds/tomato-gigantomo-f1/VM54646VM

Looks like I'm going to have to limber up my typing finger in readiness of all these reports I'll have to write. Maybe I should write a leaflet called 'Tommo's Terrific Tomatoes' and put it in one of Gee's reference sections.
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Post by: FoodieForager on May 12, 2015, 05:18:39 PM
Lovely morning on the plot...two rows of beetroot sowed and one each of turnip and fennel also done....and no sign of any giant rats today!!!  ;D
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 12, 2015, 06:41:43 PM
Planting out more beans, Tennessee Cutshorts direct sown this time, lovely bean eaten at the full stage. Eaten when the beans have filled the pods, you have to string them but oh so delicious. Trying to get all the energetic stuff done before it really get hot, warm to most of you I expect  ;D. I melt in the sun and end up absolutely useless as to getting anything done outside that needs to be done, so the rush is on.
I'm weakening about leaving the Sea Kale in pots for a year, they are looking quite good so think I will plant them out on the edge of the long bean bed where I can keep a sharp eye on them. I think it will be a good permanent location for them.
Also planting the hyacinth bush beans I was given to try. 'Yancheng Bush' pods steamed and eaten when young, something a little different for me.
Tomato are in, cages are on, plants are looking good, in fact I think they are already starting to grow.
Skirret is still a little on the small side so will wait a couple of weeks before planting it out.
On the decorative side one of my Cardiocrinums is in bud so it won't be long before filling the garden with it's perfume :).

Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 13, 2015, 12:55:28 AM
In between driving in and out of Exeter to get both computers fixed (hard drives are performing synchronised suicide) I managed to get 24 tom's  staged out in the large greenhouse, canes in place, irrigation up and running. 12 tom's in the small greenhouse all in place, including 3 each of Crimson Crush, Gigantomo, indigo Rose and Polish Egg. Might hav to drive up the Birmingham to deliver a load of gardening stuff and a chicken coop to the daughter, who has suddenly discovered the joys of gardening.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 13, 2015, 02:02:14 AM
Jeez - I wish I had your energy Tommo! And you're not far behind him Annette.

I was stuck hunched over a computer keyboard for most of the day. My only contribution to gardening today was to help my mate Stephen this evening by planting a 120 pea plants for him (he planted about 200!).
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Post by: dimogga on May 13, 2015, 09:25:32 AM
Helped mow some grass on the allotment. Orchard done, in front of apiary done.

Watched a couple of very pale shiny blue butterflies flit about.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 13, 2015, 10:57:57 AM
Sounds idyllic Di!
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Post by: scary crow on May 13, 2015, 10:26:11 PM
Quick update from me been busy deweeding the plot earthing up spuds planted carrots, parsnips, leeks got loads of stuff in pots ready to go in ..  Heard my first cuckoo today and see a lovely yellow wagtail ...  Hope your all busy and Big Gee hope josies doing well with that poorly arm of hers and your keeping well  .....
                                                                                Catch you later . Aitch ..
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Post by: wonky on May 13, 2015, 10:42:41 PM
The big catch up is well underway! 9 rows of potatoes are now in the ground. The bean trench has been dug, lined with copies of the Rotherham Advertiser and filled with all the brassica tops and a few buckets of horse muck. 36 sweetcorn have been planted in the greenhouse but think I will plant another 36 in the morning. Picked some lovely looking rhubarb - better make sure there is plenty custard in the cupboard.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 13, 2015, 11:44:24 PM
We'll we are all busy aren't we. I've still got to get my spuds in. Today, though I made the round trip to Brum, delivered stuff to the errant daughter, met up with me old biker mate, Andy and dropped in to see my oldest son with his 3 lovely daughters. So 350 miles later got my feet up in front of the telly, glass of red wine and the iPad.

Tomorrow looms, I might as stitch my shirt sleeves in the rolled up position for the next few weeks.

Our visit to the bone surgeon at the beginning of the week revealed that she has to have a right hip and a left knee replacement. When she asked the surgeon which to start with he said 'start with the one that hurts the most. Knee it is then. So now we are waiting for MRI scan appointments and have joined the NHS waiting list. Meanwhile she has to struggle on with only 10% cartilage and bones rubbing together.

Brother Dave has finally finished his treatment and looks awful, so I get comfort from those of us who know through experience that things WILL get better soon. Thank you all for your best wishes for him.

Righto, it's off to bed for me, perchance to dream of weed free allotments, splendid spuds and lashings of lovely lettuces.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 14, 2015, 01:12:10 AM
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Quick update from me been busy deweeding the plot earthing up spuds planted carrots, parsnips, leeks got loads of stuff in pots ready to go in ..  Heard my first cuckoo today and see a lovely yellow wagtail ...  Hope your all busy and Big Gee hope josies doing well with that poorly arm of hers and your keeping well  .....
                                                                                Catch you later . Aitch ..

Lovely to hear from you my old 'mucker'!

Who's been a busy boy then? Sounds as if it's a hive of activity over there in Yaxley!

Hearing the cuckoo is becoming a rare thing sadly. It never did sing a lot down here by the coast, but years ago when I lived further inland it used to sometimes get on your nerves around this time. I always remember the 23/ 24th of April as it unerringly used to start singing on those days when I was a boy. The earliest I ever heard it was on the 27th of March one year, during the time I lived in the Rhondda Valley. Mind you the house was called "Cuckoo's Delve" - I think there's a clue there somewhere! The old folk aften applied a lot of thought before naming a house.

Josie is still suffering quite a bit, in fact I have to take her to the Docs in the morning. Where the pin they inserted in her arm is protruding, it appears to be infected - it hasn't been a very smooth ride so far  spf:-(
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 14, 2015, 10:01:45 AM
Give her our live, Gee.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 14, 2015, 11:23:32 AM
Yep - I'll give her your LOVE as well!!  lol(1)

Been to the doc's this morning - she has a mild infection, if doesn't clear up she'll have to go back to the fractures clinic next Wednesday. Nothing's easy is it?
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 14, 2015, 03:29:31 PM
Sending  a big hug and healing thought Josie's way, not fun what she's going through, I know, when I broke my ankle and they pinned it back together it was hell on wheels for a long time, but it is as good as new now.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 14, 2015, 03:38:28 PM
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Sending  a big hug and healing thought Josie's way, not fun what she's going through, I know, when I broke my ankle and they pinned it back together it was hell on wheels for a long time, but it is as good as new now.
Annette

Thanks Annette - I'll pass your kind thoughts on to her.

 XK
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 14, 2015, 06:47:18 PM
usf:-(  Sorry Josie in the wars again mate wish her a speedy recovery.

I managed to get just over a couple of hours in this morning before the heavens opened up some more weeding AGAIN  ss:-(
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Post by: wonky on May 14, 2015, 10:09:26 PM
A good day for digging so have dug out the other 2 borders in the greenhouse to a generous spit deep. Just need to find enough top soil, compost and the like to back fill the hole with now. Planted about a dozen globe artichokes a mixture of purple and green varieties.

Our best wishes to Josie for a speedy recovery.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 15, 2015, 12:10:41 AM
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usf:-(  Sorry Josie in the wars again mate wish her a speedy recovery.

 


Thanks Dave - I will do  ThU5:-)
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Post by: Big Gee on May 15, 2015, 12:13:53 AM
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A good day for digging so have dug out the other 2 borders in the greenhouse to a generous spit deep. Just need to find enough top soil, compost and the like to back fill the hole with now. Planted about a dozen globe artichokes a mixture of purple and green varieties.

Our best wishes to Josie for a speedy recovery.

That's what I was doing yesterday, as I'm in the middle of getting my vandalised polytunnel back on it's feet. Tomorrow morning I hope to get the staging back up. Then it's a trip down south by 3pm to pick up our grandson Cai for the weekend.

Thanks for asking after Josie  ThU:-)
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Post by: wonky on May 15, 2015, 04:21:08 PM
12 buckets of horse muck followed by 26 bags of top soil have just about filled the borders in the greenhouse. Once it's settled I reckon another dozen bags should finish the job.

Planted a row of red cabbage, did a spot of weeding and a bit of watering.
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 16, 2015, 12:33:18 AM
 Grin2:-) Well I managed to get 6 1/2 hours in today. Nothing exciting tho just weeding and more weeding, slow going on my 5th bag of weeds now.
Weather permitting tomorrow should finish the bed and get my spuds in at last, a month late going in they are.
Here is a pic.

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Post by: Lottylady on May 17, 2015, 09:01:46 AM
Well today is our Allotment Open Day.......I do the food....dont know how I ended up with such a massive task......maybe coz Im the youngest??? CThUpD:-)

We are having a scarecrow....and plot sign competition......raffle...bric a brac sale....the ever busy plant stall. Beers + wine and a chance to meet all the other plot holders.


All we need is a bit of sun.......... :-Yes
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Post by: Big Gee on May 17, 2015, 02:24:38 PM
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Well today is our Allotment Open Day.......I do the food....dont know how I ended up with such a massive task......maybe coz Im the youngest??? CThUpD:-)

We are having a scarecrow....and plot sign competition......raffle...bric a brac sale....the ever busy plant stall. Beers + wine and a chance to meet all the other plot holders.


All we need is a bit of sun.......... :-Yes

Sounds like a nice day out - I wish we could do things like that. Maybe in the future when we get some 'real' people on the site.
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Post by: Lottylady on May 18, 2015, 10:22:08 AM


Well we had a great Open Day.....the sun shone...it was warm.....we were expecting grey cloudy.....so lots of folks turned up......families....children and someone worked out an i spy competition...... spot the objects trail round plots.....she photocopied pics and the kids crossed them off. It was great to have children all over the site searching for objects.....they saw the bunnies, chickens + turkeys.

There was a scarecrow competition......and plot sign competition.....the plot holders all made the place look bright + cheerful.

An email was sent to neighbouring boro.......so lots of their folks turned up to have a look....

but didn't have enough food......!!!!! last year we had to much this year to little. It is just plucking a number out of mid air.....and all depends on the weather.....as it was sunny it was packed. The folks loved the grub and it went by 1.30.

I won a raffle prize.....a green purse + lovely silk scarf.......so I was very happy

Overall it was a great success.......we were very lucky with the weather. It was joy to see the children enjoying themselves as well. The next generation of gardeners.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 18, 2015, 04:51:12 PM
Well done that "Lottylady"!  clap:-)
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 22, 2015, 08:16:05 AM
Apart from my usual greenhouse and plant sales duties - watering, restocking, potting on etc etc,  I first had to try and recover two of my own swarms (how do I get to miss those queen cells!!!), managed to get one but the other scarpered by the time the first one was in a skep. The rest of the day I spent weeding, top dressing, pruning out the deadwood and feeding all 40 blueberry tubs down in the blueberry cage.

Now that's a nice genteel job, all on my own, perched on an upturned beer crate working away whilst the bumblebees, out in force, work the blueberry flowers. Lovely sunny day, to boot, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

These will require virtually no attention (apart from picking that lovely fruit a little later) from now on until the autumn.

8.00pm transferred the skep bees into an empty hive I had prepared for them. Just remains to be seen if the like their new home or decide to leave again. Tomorrow will tell.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 22, 2015, 12:25:03 PM
Sounds idyllic Tommo!  HTT:-}
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Post by: Marie Elaine on May 24, 2015, 12:18:19 PM
What a dreadful May it's been, I am fed up with this cold northerly wind. Thank heavens for polytunnels. In the past week I've dug up two lots of early spuds, Casablanca,  a variety  I haven't grown before but was recommended at the nursery where I buy them, so I tried a half dozen. Nice and tasty with good firm creamy texture. Going to pull up some Lady Cristl later today and try those, as my source says they were the original Pembrokeshire potato, so I want to give them a try.  Second early Charlottes are surviving outside under fleece, but still need that blanket and are hunkering down to brave the wind. Best of all, I have (don't laugh) one really ripe strawberry, with a couple more soon to follow. Later, though, will be great if the amount of flowers we have all set well. Yum.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 24, 2015, 12:42:24 PM
My first early (Maris Bard) won't be producing for at least another three to four weeks, but the whole potato patch is looking good this year. The problem here with May has been the huge fluctuations in temperature, hot one minute and cold the next, consequently the soil has struggled to warm up properly, but having said that I wouldn't consider it a bad year. The fruit trees are really loaded down and strawberry plants are smothered in flowers on all plots on the site that have them.

Wind is always a problem on the west coast. For a few years now May seems to have produced plant scorching winds here - things like runner beans seem to be particularly vulnerable, that's why my Aeron Purple Stars are still under cover at night. They should be going out for planting in the next week I hope.

I had a seed sowing frenzy yesterday with more lettuce, spring onions (Summer Isle), swede, kohl rabi and celeriac sowings. Good timing, this drizzle and fine rain we're having here this morning should help things along when it comes to seeds!
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Post by: Lottylady on May 24, 2015, 02:21:44 PM
Been windy.....non stop wind.....planted out tomatoes....one batch of beans....the wind is drying the soil out. To me it still feels a bit cold....
but the guys at the plots say its the night temps we have to look out for.

At home Im risking it...3 lemon chilli pepper plants outside by front door and they doing well.

We've only had little bits of rain so its bone dry. Going to wait a bot longer before I plant more stuff out.
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 24, 2015, 11:06:27 PM
Been at plot most of the day funny sort of day again cloudy for most of day till around 4-00 clock when the sun came out for a while, but that did not last for long as it clouded up again and then the wind picked up and it went very chilly. All I have been doing for the last 2 weeks on and off is weeding to get beds ready for planting.
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 25, 2015, 12:01:48 AM
I've spent the day watering, pulling weeds and getting more beans in. Had to give my Aeron Purple Stars a tongue lashing, the rambunctious little devils, they don't want to go up their designated spots on the netting, don't know if it's going to work or not, it never seemed to work with our kids (I'm so glad they are all grown with their own families, when they complained about their little darlings I just smiled, payback time  lol(1)). Other than that  my APS's are growing by leaps and bounds :).

So nice to have my patio cleared of all the plants that went to our clubs plant sale, now if I can find a home for all the dug hostas still sitting on a tarp, I had to dig and divide them earlier they were getting humungous, maybe if I drag them down the driveway and put a free sign on them they'll disappear, it's worked before  Grin2:-).

Also planted more cucumbers out, growing Sweet Success and Diva this year. Tomatoes are all planted out, starting to put on growth, one of the cherries actually has a few flowers on it. The Odette potatoes are really putting on growth now I just topped them up with some more straw. Time to take a tea break  ;D.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on May 25, 2015, 10:30:22 AM
Due to their vigour the APS beans can be a bit like 'cloth eared' youngsters at times, but don't worry, once they get out of their 'teenage phase' they'll settle down & start climbing for you! I go through that process most seasons when I'm trying to encourage things to climb poles, but they'll only do it when THEY feel they want to! They never fail to get there though - I think the problem is our impatience.

You seem to be well on top of things there Annette  CW ;-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 25, 2015, 09:54:54 PM
 Grin2:-)  Well at long last I have got some potatoes planted. Finally got ALL the weeds out of the bed (sad to say there are more and still more weeds to deal with elsewhere on the plot  doh:-{
some pics
1 the 5th barrow of soil to go in
2  compost out of bin clearing that out too
3 the first row in
4 all 3 rows done still more to go in another bed

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Post by: Big Gee on May 25, 2015, 11:14:52 PM
You've been a busy boy Dave - that soil looks as if it's been through a flour sieve!
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 27, 2015, 12:32:58 AM
 Grin2:-)  Another good day on plot managed 3 1/2 hrs today as had a committee meeting this evening at 7-00 did not fin till 10-30 phew  doh:-{
Managed to get bean trench dug out and put compost in then gave it a good watering.

A couple of pics.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 27, 2015, 12:41:43 PM
Here's a couple of pics of progress with the gate sales plants:

I started sowing on 10th April, the day we heard that Ruth was unable to travel on a plane. So, 6 weeks later......
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 27, 2015, 03:18:44 PM
 clap:-) Wow Tommy that's brilliant you have grown about 20 time more stuff than me far more efficient than me mate well done  RedFaced:-(
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Post by: aftermidnight on May 27, 2015, 10:24:31 PM
Very Impressive Tommy, I didn't have quite as much started for our club's plant sale but it was enough that I was glad to see the back of it  ThU432:-).
My APS's are half way up the netting and looking good, a few of the tomatoes are starting to flower. Some little buggar came along and nipped the top off one of my yacon plants, they are all now surrounded in copper mesh although it could have been a robin, saw one of those tugging on a golden oregano plant the other day, she didn't stop until she ripped a piece off, wanted something aromatic to feather her nest I guess.
Oca is doing really well in a tub, I even managed to get a couple of oca seeds to germinate so have to wait until harvest time to see what they've produced.
Half the sea kale I grew from seed is planted out the other half still in pots and the skirret is still in pots but need to be potted up a couple of sizes, want them to be a good size before planting out we have such a problem with slugs and snails here.
I still have one more bean to plant Blue Jay (bush bean), these will be direct seeded in the next couple of days once I've moved all the plants sitting on their space to another spot or hopefully in the ground.

It looks like clear skies and warm/hot? weather for the next couple of weeks, it looks like dragging the hose time of year has arrived, a little earlier than expected, not my favorite thing to do  thd-(.

Annette
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Post by: Westheathdave on May 28, 2015, 11:45:06 PM
Another good afternoon at the plot got 4 rows of spuds in with room for 2 more rows and then that's all the spuds in at last.
A couple of pics.


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Post by: aftermidnight on May 28, 2015, 11:51:38 PM
Nicely done Dave, gives you a  real sense of satisfaction when another job can be checked off that have to do list doesn't it.
Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on May 29, 2015, 07:01:29 AM
My 'to Do List' seems to get longer and longer. I support the extra demands on my time this year haven't helped. I've got another distraction coming up in 10 days when I have to step in and support my brother as he is still recovering from his chemo and radio therapies.

I've got to go up to the East Midlands and work his festival stall for a week at the famous Download Festival.
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Post by: Big Gee on May 29, 2015, 02:42:35 PM
I hope your brother is improving Tommo.

Nice manure there Dave - and those ridges are looking perfect. They probably won't be far behind the crops that were sown a month earlier when it comes to harvesting time.
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Post by: Lottylady on May 30, 2015, 04:10:30 PM
Well the big plant out day....put chillies, toms, lettuce, beans, courgettes, kale, artichokes out in beds. Now Bee Gee I got a pare row for beans.....any chance I can try some of yours....a later crop sow straight into ground?

How do I pay? by paypal would be easiest ...


I got Voilette, Cherokee Trail of Tears and french green beans........so aeon purple star would fit in nicely.......

doh ROL :-)) Ive just seen the little box up in right hand corner bout the very beans....will click + order .
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Post by: Big Gee on May 31, 2015, 10:44:03 AM
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Well the big plant out day....put chillies, toms, lettuce, beans, courgettes, kale, artichokes out in beds. Now Bee Gee I got a pare row for beans.....any chance I can try some of yours....a later crop sow straight into ground?

How do I pay? by paypal would be easiest ...


I got Voilette, Cherokee Trail of Tears and french green beans........so aeon purple star would fit in nicely.......

doh ROL :-)) Ive just seen the little box up in right hand corner bout the very beans....will click + order .

They'll be on their way to you in the next few days Lottylady ThU5:-)
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Post by: wrinkly1 on June 01, 2015, 03:03:30 PM
i/ve spent ages on knees weeding and thinning my beetroot seedlings.as per usual i over do the seeding and pay the price. i never learn. cheers wrinkly1 HB:-(
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Post by: Big Gee on June 01, 2015, 04:35:55 PM
Everyone falls into that trap Wrinkley! I've found the solution over the years - 'station' sowing. For beetroot sow two or three seeds every four inches or so (width of your hand) and when they come up you only have to despatch of very few at every 'station'. Saves time sowing and saves time thinning & nowhere near as wasteful on seed!

When it comes to kohl rabi, swede or similar I try & do the same, but because the seed is small and black & my eyes aren't the best, I usually start with good intentions of 'station' sowing, loose where I am in the drill and usually land up reverting to 'thin' sowing along the drill!  ::)

You can't win sometimes!
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 01, 2015, 04:55:09 PM
 clap:-) At last got all my spuds in all 10 rows but only short rows 7 spuds in each row should be enough for my needs if I get a good crop!! Last years weren't worth digging up very poor crop last year.

Some pics.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 01, 2015, 09:57:14 PM
Well done Dave - if they grow as well as the ones Stephen & I have planted down here they'll do you proud this year. What variety have you gone for?
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 01, 2015, 11:28:39 PM
Gee have got Winstons, Cara and the equivalent of Jersey Mids but not grown in Jersey  :-)snigger
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 02, 2015, 07:48:21 AM
We'll done, Dave, you are well ahead of me in some departments.

Well, nothing done for me on the plot yesterday as it was p*****g down and blowing a hooly all day and even after I went to bed. So, it was a day for chasing my own tail.

First, off to the wholesale pet supplier in Exeter to collect Ruth's kennel requirements (she still can't drive because her arthritis)

Then to the bank

Next, onto Newton Abbot to visit the marvellous Mr. Ford who very kindly has collected me loads (and I mean LOADs) of ex-council plant pots and trays. I do wish more Shed-Mates lived closer and could share this bounty. Mrs. Mick also made us lunch...what an unexpected surprise that was...thanks, love.

Then onto my brother Dave's where I then spent until 5- o'clock doing a load of welding for him. With the amount of radiation burn he's had, there was absolutely no way that he could risk exposure to the U.V. emitted by the arc welder.

Of course, all my absence meant that TLR ( The Lovely Ruth, for the uninitiated) had to look after plant sales, greenhouse watering as well as hobble around caring for the 7 residents she has in the kennels, so I thought 'bugger it, I'll make tea' and thus called in at our local Chinese Takeaway on the way home.

Let's see what weather tomorrow brings.

Just a minute...TLR wants to writ a few words...so over to her....

Post script here by Ruth... Hello peeps. I thought this might amuse you as much as it amused me -well caused me to nearly split my sides laughing! I called on my mobile (modern technology!!) Roberto from the dog exercise paddock as he had indicated a willingness to kick a deflated football for a Labrador called Jambo. "I'm on it " he replied. About five minutes later I heard the approaching tones of 'da da da taa ta tat tat da da!' Ok the theme tune to 'Match of the Day' and onto the field burst my beloved wearing a full Liverpool kit!! Resplendent with 'GRANDPA' emblazoned on his back! He was greeted by full on barks by the pack of ten dogs and they were oblivious to the fact that the stylish bright red get up was in truth, a little snug!! Jambo loved the game and after a few kicks I heard Roberto say..'oh god Julian is here!' Now Julian is a dear friend with two whippets and welcome every time, but I suggest that his ill concealed grinning indicated an amusement at the sight of his shiny red pal....
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Post by: Big Gee on June 02, 2015, 11:01:23 AM
 ROL :-))

Laughter is the best tonic for aches & pains Ruth!

My No.1 son Brett is having the operation on his back done this morning at Morriston hospital in Swansea. Just spoke to him on my mobile. Amazingly he tells me that they said he may be out tomorrow - so he urged me not to go all the way down to see him this afternoon. Then I got another phone call to tell me my cousin who was close to me (he was only a month younger than me) died in hospital last night. It just goes on and on.

So my lottie is being severely neglected at the moment  - I feel more like a permanent hospital visitor than a gardener.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 02, 2015, 12:24:59 PM
Hi Gwil, Ruth here. I am so very sorry to read about your loss. Your post sounded rather down. Times can be tough can't they? It serves to remind me that we only have today. Live, love and love a bit more. I am happy that it sounds like your son's operation will be seen as comparatively straight forward by the surgeon. They wouldn't send him home otherwise. So that is great news. The great thing about growing green stuff, is that it grows whether you are there to tend it or not! Mind you, it might not be the plants that you want! Look after yourself. Love to you both.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 02, 2015, 03:13:12 PM
Thanks Ruth for you kind words of encouragement.

It's pretty tough at the moment - and I know you and Rob know all about these troughs we sometimes encounter.

Actuall, I spoke to my son on the phone shortly before he went to theatre, so I don't know yet how the op went. They just told him that if everything was OK he may be able to go home tomorrow - but that's an unknown until they assess how successful it's been. And now I'm about to go in the other direction to visit my mam, in time to feed her when the supper trolley comes around  ss:-(

Yes the lottie will look after itself to a point, but every day I'm not there is extra stress!! Between deaths and illnesses our family has taken a real battering over the last couple of months.

I hope your 'screwmatics' stop playing up so badly soon - that's also a horrible thing to cope with.


 XK
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 02, 2015, 07:14:10 PM
 spf:-( [size=]Oh dear Gee sorry to here your extra bad news about your cousin, you are certainly going through a rough patch at the moment mate I sure hope this is the last of the bad news and hope you get some good news.

Well another nothing day on the plot high winds and heavy rain put paid to that  ss:-(
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Post by: aftermidnight on June 02, 2015, 09:23:06 PM
Gee, my thoughts are with you and your family while you go through these difficult times, stay strong my friend.
Annette
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Post by: dimogga on June 03, 2015, 10:04:26 AM
Add my thoughts and best wishes into the pile for you and yours.


I managed to plant out some beans yesterday so was thinking of you as I was doing that.  Only using my good arm of course as I am officially resting my bad arm.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 03, 2015, 11:06:45 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I hope that arm gets better soon Di.

I'm actually going to have a few hours on my plot today, seeing as the sunshine has returned (but there's still a chilly breeze here). I need a few hours on my own to clear my head! I've got more French beans to plant out, there's a load of weeding to be done and the polytunnel REALLY needs some work doing in it. I might even get around to finishing off the earthing up of my potato rows - whilst I can still get in between the ridges, because the haulms are spreading with a renewed vigour after the rain we've had.

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Post by: wonky on June 03, 2015, 11:21:23 AM
Sorry to read of your latest loss G. Our thoughts are with you and all the family and for speedy recoveries all around. So much for the old adage that things always come in threes!

Despite the high winds and intermittent rain a good day was had on the plot yesterday. The V frame for the APS has now been erected and assuming that it didn't blow down overnight a picture will follow. Also cleared and weeded last years brassica bed in preparation for the sweet corn which will hopefully get planted out at the weekend.

Today, all being well, the APS will be introduced to their new home and also the french beans but not until coffee time is over!
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Post by: wonky on June 03, 2015, 08:27:07 PM
Another good day on the plot - blimey! that makes 2 in a row! The APS have been planted and also the french beans. Finished weeding and tidying of the old brassica bed and now ready to pile on the manure and dig it over ready for the sweetcorn. The sweet corn have all germinated well with another 100% germination rate making 72 plants in total. There are a couple of runts but as the aim was for planting a square of 8 by 8 plants making 64 in all there should be a few spares.

Pictures are of the APS bean trench and the newly erected V-frame. I might do a couple of minor mods to it but basically I'm very pleased with it so far.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 04, 2015, 11:44:41 AM
Excellent "V" frame there Wonky! I can't see that blowing over - regardless of how windy it gets up there in Yorkshire!

They look like a good 'mods' everyone seems to have their own little version of my original design - but that can only be good - between us all we'll perfect it one day  lol(1)
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Post by: spuds on June 04, 2015, 04:02:33 PM
well I have planted out my sweetcorn today
the first lot of seed didn't get one plant out of the packet  HB:-(
second sowing all but three came up  clap:-)
done a second sowing of beetroot  as some of the first ones are ready to pick
never done this before had a few shrilly tom plants spare so planted them out as well may get some toms
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Post by: wonky on June 04, 2015, 04:57:13 PM
That's interesting Spuds. I noticed on one of the other forums that loads of growers were having germination problems with the like of sweetcorn.  Don't know if it's the cold weather we've been having or what? Anyway I bought my seed from Van Meuwen this year and put them in the greenhouse along with an electric heater for those cold nights and ended up with 100% germination. That was despite going away for a long weekend when they were in the care of the wifes daughter who flooded them with water thinking too much was better than too little! I reckon even rice would have struggled in that amount of water. Variety is Lark. Haha no they're not the variety is Swift!
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Post by: wonky on June 04, 2015, 05:10:22 PM
Yet another good day on the plot. 12 barrow loads of horse muck spread on the sweetcorn bed and lightly dug in so am now ready to plant the corn which will hopefully happen at the weekend. Better get back down the plot and put the tomatoes in the greenhouse.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 05, 2015, 11:44:25 AM
I put my tomato plants in their permanent position in the polytunnel yesterday - should have been done a couple of weeks ago, they are a bit pot-bound by now, but they'll be OK. Time is a problem at the moment with so many other things going on around me.

My sweetcorn plants should be going in outside over the next week. I'm trying Northern Extra Sweet this year it's supposed to be especially suited to cooler northern districts. One of the earliest maturing of the 'supersweets' apparently - we'll see. I've tried Lark & Swift in the past. I found Swift was very good in this neck of the woods. What are really motoring are the spuds. They're growing like mushrooms at the moment. better make the most of looking at them, because as sure as God made little green apples Mr Blight will probably come knocking sometime in the near future!

I think the main problem with sweetcorn germination is low soil/ compost temperature levels. I've found them to be iffy in cooler conditions, with the seeds rotting before sprouting. Extra water doesn't help. Apparently more plants (especially houseplants) die of over watering than dryness. Too much misplaced TLC can be a killer!
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 05, 2015, 08:42:04 PM
 CThUpD:-) Had a good couple of days at the plot weather grand. Got the bean bed ready and put sticks up ready for the APS's to go in some pics.

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Post by: Big Gee on June 06, 2015, 12:48:04 AM
Another fabulous version of the "V" frame Dave!

It's all looking very well mate  ThU:-)
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 06, 2015, 09:14:51 PM
 CThUpD:-) Another good day at plot been strimming most of the day also had to resize a plot and strim new footpath as the plot had grown by about a yard the one end. Here's a pic

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Post by: Big Gee on June 06, 2015, 11:08:39 PM
Your plot or another one on the site Dave?
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Post by: dimogga on June 07, 2015, 11:37:06 AM
I bought some 50p gladioli and dahlias yesterday at the £shop. Worth a punt I thought. Planted them on my pot.

Met a lovely lady who has a plot on a site nearby who keeps bees and chickens! gave her the tour of our site and then went and had a look at hers! :)
And watched Andy inspect his bees and spotted his queen. :)
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Post by: Big Gee on June 07, 2015, 11:48:10 AM
Sounds like an idyllic Sunday morning! "Have veil - will travel"!
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Post by: dimogga on June 07, 2015, 11:50:13 AM
Technically it was yesterday .. I should have mentioned that maybe.
:)

I've not ventured out yet today.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 07, 2015, 11:56:55 AM
Oops - sorry - so it's a 'lazy Sunday morning' for you today then Di!  :-)snigger
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Post by: Lottylady on June 07, 2015, 01:36:28 PM
Well attended not only my plot.....but also neighbours...had a call from Ben....could I check his chickens....and then a another call next door plot have gone to Venice for a week.

Still got seeds to grow......but spent time watering.

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Post by: Westheathdave on June 07, 2015, 07:45:39 PM
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Your plot or another one on the site Dave?

Not my plot Gee it is the other side of road from mine it is a new guy just taken on the plot which had grown in size over the years because the foot path was lost.
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Post by: wonky on June 07, 2015, 09:03:04 PM
Planted:
1 - Cucumber
1 - Sweetpea
10 - Oca
72 - Sweetcorn

Think I may have gone overboard with the sweetcorn but what the heck!
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Post by: aftermidnight on June 08, 2015, 05:06:22 PM
It was stinking hot yesterday and today is going to be hotter soooo I was up at 5 am out in the garden digging a few divisions of Siberian Iris to be sent to a friend in P.E.I. This gal has been so generous with me in the past, sent me siberian, dwarf, miniature, border and tall bearded iris when she lived in Prince George B.C. They moved back east last fall and she lost a lot of her iris in the move (she had an amazing collection) so here's where it pays off... if you share what you grow, you can usually get a piece back if you lose it. I still have to dig some bearded iris for her, saving that for another day.
Talk about splitting off a piece of siberian, I stepped down on my spade and bounce off like I had hit a brick wall,  I sat down, had a  cup of coffee and formed a battle plan, armed with about every tool I owned I managed to pry some divisions off, they are now on the way to the post office via  hubby. My siberian clumps are getting quite big and need dividing but think I'll wait for good strong DS2 to come and do it for me  Grin2:-).
Other than a bit of watering I'll be hiding in the house until this evening, maybe then I'll be able to get a bit more weeding done.
Annette
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Post by: Big Gee on June 09, 2015, 05:24:32 AM
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... if you share what you grow, you can usually get a piece back if you lose it. I still have to dig some bearded iris for her, saving that for another day.
Talk about splitting off a piece of siberian, I stepped down on my spade and bounce off like I had hit a brick wall,  I sat down, had a  cup of coffee and formed a battle plan, armed with about every tool I owned I managed to pry some divisions off,
Annette

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight . . . . "

That's the secret joy of gardening Annette - sharing - the more you share, the more you get. As you are a known generous sharer you will never be without.

The tool of choice for me in those conditions you describe is the mattock Annette (or sometimes called a digging hoe or azada). Phenomenal tool for your gardening kit, it's little wonder it's the most used tool for gardening around the world - it's only us western hemisphere folk in Anglisized areas that opt more for short handled, back breaking spades! (Click on the graphic)


(http://www.get-digging.co.uk/gdlogo3.jpg) (http://www.get-digging.co.uk/tools.htm)
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Post by: aftermidnight on June 09, 2015, 05:49:01 AM
I don't think I've ever seen a azada like the first ones shown, but then I have never looked for one. We do have a mattock, heavy brute that it is,  I get hubby to wield it when necessary but it couldn't be used in this instance as there wasn't enough room to swing it without doing damage to nearby plants, besides he was still sawing logs when I was hard at it this morning.
I have a heavy duty hand tool similar to something at the bottom of your link but it wasn't doing the job so I ended up with the garden fork and after some levering the plants finally gave up and let me win :).  They are all due to be divided this fall, that's when hubby and his trusty mattock will come into play  ;D. By the by the Sweet Cicely is starting to form seed pods, won't be long now.
Annette
Annette
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 09, 2015, 07:59:26 AM
I use a mattock quite a lot and a very useful tool it is too.

I think what you really need, if you have one living close by, is young man willing to help out. As Ruth says, you can sip you tea whilst watching the rippling muscles at work. I used to have some of them, once upon a time. but now they wobble more than ripple.

Such is the effect of age.
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Post by: Poppa Tommo on June 09, 2015, 08:25:11 AM
Well, the oca, Yacon and sweet corn (plus my very, very late spuds - such is the attempt to try and catch up after such a late start ) go in today. Managed to clear and rotavate the last large patch. Plenty of black, rotted muck and fingers crossed. So far it has been one of those years. Not only extra hurdles have been put in place but the height has been increased too.

I won't be dropping into the shed for at least a week as I have to go and stand in for my brother Dave at one of the largest rock festivals in the UK this year. ( http://downloadfestival.co.uk/ ). It's a major source of income to him and, following his intensive radio and chemo therapies, although seeming to be recovering well, he is suffering the predicted bouts of exhaustion that goes with the territory.

So 6 o'clock tomorrow morning pack my bags and disappear up the M5 for 6 days

I know where I'd rather be.
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 09, 2015, 10:45:25 PM
All I have been doing for the last 3 days is strimming mainly for the site but today I actually managed to strim my own plot, boy do them weeds grow!
Wednesday AGAIN tomorrow so out with pop again, Next week is his birthday he will officially be 95 and still pottering about in his garden. He only takes 1 pill a day and that is only for his memory pretty good going ay.
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Post by: Lottylady on June 11, 2015, 02:09:43 PM
Well I had a lovely surprise....a packet of Aeron Purple Star beans.....so went to plot to plant them. Already done X frames.....and trefoil at bottom to prevent weeds.

Watered......but somethings been rummaging in my tomatoes.....I put hair cuttings in with compost think it attracts the foxes though.

My garlic is looking good and Ive been watering them regularly. Still got a few more seedlings to put out ......and sow.

Big thanx for the beans....... BOF)
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Post by: dimogga on June 11, 2015, 04:39:14 PM
I have done some watering this morning and then went to B&Q this afternoon twice with Andy off the allotment. Had to go twice cos I'm like the queen in that I don't carry money[1] and he forgot his wallet.

I got some verve volcano rock dust that Charles Dowding swears by.

I have made two cups of tea in my shed today. Actually 2 lots of two cups.


[1] I had an emergency fiver in my mobile phone case but that wasn't going to cut it with £24 of stuff on the trolley. The nice girl kept it for us so we didn't have to go round again.
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Post by: Big Gee on June 12, 2015, 12:07:07 AM
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Well I had a lovely surprise....a packet of Aeron Purple Star beans.....so went to plot to plant them. Already done X frames.....and trefoil at bottom to prevent weeds.

Watered......but somethings been rummaging in my tomatoes.....I put hair cuttings in with compost think it attracts the foxes though.

My garlic is looking good and Ive been watering them regularly. Still got a few more seedlings to put out ......and sow.

Big thanx for the beans....... BOF)

You are VERY welcome my dear friend. Be sure to let me know how they behaved for you!  CW ;-)
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Post by: Big Gee on June 12, 2015, 12:12:13 AM
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I have done some watering this morning and then went to B&Q this afternoon twice with Andy off the allotment. Had to go twice cos I'm like the queen in that I don't carry money[1] and he forgot his wallet.

I got some verve volcano rock dust that Charles Dowding swears by.

I have made two cups of tea in my shed today. Actually 2 lots of two cups.


[1] I had an emergency fiver in my mobile phone case but that wasn't going to cut it with £24 of stuff on the trolley. The nice girl kept it for us so we didn't have to go round again.

A real cringer when that happens isn't it?  Blush:-(

I actually managed 9 hours on my plot today & emptied a big flask and my sandwich box.

Did everything but water - I'm banking on getting some of the real stuff from the sky in the next 24 hours. Let's hope I don't land up with a red face (and not from the sun!).
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 12, 2015, 01:22:39 AM
 CThUpD:-)Another afternoons strimming again. If we have the rain they promised for later today I hope to get the APS's planted.

Scary I hope your prayers are answered and you get some rain you certainly need it mate and as Gee say's  " Do not give up yet"   HTT:-}
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 12, 2015, 08:04:17 PM
My potatoes are through already only been 15 days in ground. 1st picture
pic 2 the strimming progress onsite the O/H snapped me working unknown to me.


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Post by: Big Gee on June 12, 2015, 11:39:08 PM
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My potatoes are through already only been 15 days in ground. 1st picture
pic 2 the strimming progress onsite the O/H snapped me working unknown to me.


Jeez Dave - you'll get a stoop if you keep that up!  lol(1)

See? I keep on telling people it's the tortoises that usually win the race! It's only in the last few weeks that the soil has warmed up enough to trigger real growth. As you can see from the speed of growth of your late potato planting, you wouldn't see that growth in 15 days back in March.
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Post by: Westheathdave on June 13, 2015, 11:38:38 AM
clap:-) Yes Gee I reckon you are right about that better to hold back on the planting until conditions are right for growth to happen, cannot go wrong with that
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Post by: Lottylady on June 13, 2015, 01:51:51 PM
strimmers.....Im scared of petrol ones.........but really need a small one with good powerful battery........one day will trawl through the many makes.

Picked sweet peas......sowed more seeds soil nice + soaked.....cut back a bit of the bramble on bank of brook.....watched the fish feeding off my sparrow mix...

they like it.....getting bigger.

Still got seedlings to plant out and toms, peppers + aubergines growing slowly in greenhouse.

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Post by: Big Gee on June 13, 2015, 02:53:12 PM
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strimmers.....Im scared of petrol ones.........but really need a small one with good powerful battery........one day will trawl through the many makes. . . . . . . . . . . .
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