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Title: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on January 01, 2017, 10:42
As we start the New Year..
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Post by: BSRobin on January 02, 2017, 08:25
Nothing achieved of note, looked over the plot and had a hot drink in the shed... Browsed the seed catalogue and thumb marked my D T Brown's. Going to order Moles Pelleted carrots and onions.... Peeked under the fleece flats, not a peep from the seeds...Swiss chard - home saved - but I'm an optimist! Our Potato Day is this weekend, and already have a list of my early's and main cropping. Happy new year everyone!
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Post by: Audy70 on January 02, 2017, 15:07
Happy New Year everyone.

Didn't do much, collected some potatoes from the shed for lunch, dreamed about what the coming season will bring and regreted not putting in my garlic. I guess I'll have to put them out in modules now.
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Post by: scenic on January 02, 2017, 16:42
Emptied shed,  gasped at just how much stuff you acquire!.  Creosoted the old floor which was showing some wear,  screwed a new piece of ply on top and fixed a couple of shelving brackets.  Put it all back in again.  Taking the week off so back tomorrow to fix shelves, hooks and get it all in some order.   Glorious afternoon in north Wales with snow falling over to mountains in the distance. 
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Post by: mumofstig on January 02, 2017, 16:50
I pruned the Autumn raspberries.
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Post by: victoria park on January 02, 2017, 20:46
Hello all, up for another year. I too cut down my Autumn raspberries today, which will help tomorrows bonfire. Being a bit later than I would normally be, I hope I didn't cut any of the Summer canes by mistake.
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Post by: Aled on January 03, 2017, 10:09
Two lots of wood ash and have raked the plot over. Must say combined with recent frosts my soil looks very good at the moment!
Cheers
Aled
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Post by: Paul Plots on January 04, 2017, 04:24
I checked the purple sprouting broccoli - and it isn't. (Patience needed)

Noted that all of the garlic has sprouted and is getting quite tall (need to remove the mesh tunnels)

Spotted the green tips of over-wintering onions coming through.

All good.... just a little bit of digging left to do.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 07, 2017, 01:26
What! Noone out there enjoying the bright sunshine and fresh air?

I think scenic has the right idea.... shed tidying. Just as soon as I can that'll be my next job....with a radio, hot flask and room to unfold the chair ;)

(Must take my specs and a book).
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Post by: Christine on January 07, 2017, 08:39
Nah it was raining yesterday when we went down to top up the compost heap. It's from frozen solid to soggy at the moment. Nothing urgent to do - digging over all done but a rake to clear around the edges from fallen leaves and such if it's ever dry enough. Roll on gardening weather.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: scenic on January 07, 2017, 16:48
Realised when I got there today that I'd not screwed the shelves down (that explained the screws in my coat pocket!!) so found their contents on the floor after yesterday's blustery weather. Gggrrrr. 

Pruned one row raspberries and shifted a couple of barrows of the well rotted stuff to mulch over and feed tommorrow.

Too wet underfoot to dig.
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Post by: Thrutchington on January 08, 2017, 14:36
A bit of tidying up, spread some rotted manure on a bed that will take potatoes in a few months.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 08, 2017, 18:46
I didn't do a thing but..

Sorry... this made me laugh... what a relief to hear it's not just me!  :lol:

I can take a pile of screws out of the garage to do something, get distracted and then wonder where I put the screws - finally running out of time or enthusiasm only to find the screws a day later when I've almost forgotten what I wanted them for in the first place.

Worse still is hunting for the right tools - mine are spread all over the place: under the stairs, down in the garage, aviary storage drawers or garden shed over the road... and usually I am right - Someone borrowed them and didn't put them back. I simply can't remember where I've hidden what!!  ::)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: snowdrops on January 08, 2017, 19:59
First trip this year. Took vegetable peelings & some shredding of the Christmas tree to add to the compost bins. Had a look round my plots, dug up & washed the last of the carrots, some were consigned to the compost bins riddled with carrot fly.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 12, 2017, 00:02
I stood and looked over the hedge and wondered...... and decided I will lift some more leeks in a day or twos time.

Nice to have time to stand and stare... (it was a bit sticky underfoot).
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Post by: Robster on January 12, 2017, 07:28
Nothing.  But I can feel the stirrings.
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Post by: New shoot on January 14, 2017, 16:45
I deemed the plot to be too much of a mud fest, but at home I have tidied up herb beds and the greenhouse.  There is parsley germinating in there  :wacko: 

I set off a parsley seed mat a few months ago (old 50p seed sale bargain I found whilst doing a seed tidy) and it did nothing.  Assuming it was seed that was past it, I slung the pot in the corner of the greenhouse intending to empty it and there it stayed.  In mid January, with frost and snow around, up came the parsley  :lol:

Its rescued from the corner and in the blowaway that is inside the greenhouse now.  I reckoned it needed some TLC after such a rough start  ;)
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 14, 2017, 21:06
Collected seaweed, did some digging, spread the seaweed and had a fire.
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Post by: MustbeMad on January 16, 2017, 08:10
Did some more digging on the new plot - nearly finished the next 2 beds 😁 but one of the fences came down in the winds🙁

MBM (yesterday)
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Post by: J_B on January 16, 2017, 12:34
:(  not started out this year, been unwell and with the rain have stayed in..i however have ordered my seeds and started my planting plan
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Post by: Hayleynotts on January 16, 2017, 18:15
Too wet for the allotment today but found this little filing caninate in ikea and decided it would be perfect for my ever growing collection of seeds.

(http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm168/s25ale/2F22A504-0029-42C5-BE62-A0DCAE096748-27835-00001AAE37019EEE_zpsnijxgwgn.jpg)
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Post by: Gellideg on January 16, 2017, 18:21
Looks as though you are going to solve the risk of tariffs on food imports from the EU after Brexit.!!
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Post by: AussieInFrance on January 16, 2017, 18:26
Not feeling so bad about my plastic container full now! Thank you for that.
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Post by: Paul Plots on January 16, 2017, 23:26
Lifted and trimmed some leeks for dinner.... Thank heavens for the scaffold plank as it saved wading over the soil.

(Nice seed store by the way Hayleynotts!!)
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 23, 2017, 06:42
Over the weekend I collected seaweed and spread it on the beds. Also got some wood from the skip hire center for good old price of nothing  :).
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Post by: Aled on January 23, 2017, 09:37
Put some wood ash on the veg patch, and added some bat guano to the compost bin.
Cheers
Aled
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Post by: Christine on January 23, 2017, 15:25
The ground was still frozen when I attended the allotments this afternoon.  Rest of week looks no better. However, I have sorted out the cardboard donation I was left for future composting over the weekend at the plot by removing staples and sellotape. 

I had transported the boxes from the new computer and screen not flattened and these are now holding both new and old cardboard. So a nice tidy shed corner.
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Post by: Lardman on January 24, 2017, 15:11
Everything is wet and slimy here  :( but I've been itching for some fresh air (no sun though as we had dense fog until lunch) so took an hour in the garden. Pruned some of the espalier apples, tied in and pruned the new pear trees.

I was going to hold on to the cuttings in case anyone wanted some graft wood but there's been no interest  :wacko: , so they'll be off to the bin; along with most of the raspberry canes I lifted earlier this year as there's nowhere for them to go.

I still need to find a final position for 1 apple and a plum tree - quickly too before they wake up.

Nice to see the rhubarb is up perhaps the threat of it's last warning has had an impact  ::) and Im sure the buds on the fig are swelling.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: mumofstig on January 24, 2017, 15:48
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Im sure the buds on the fig are swelling.

I was very surprised to see them swelling here, as well, despite the heavy frosts we've been having lately. They must have a death wish!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: stompy on January 25, 2017, 07:30
Hi all, I picked up my key yesterday afternoon and finally got to see my plot.
It needs some attention but not too much which i'm pleased about.
Anyhow, i pulled up the old runner bean plants and structure, cleared all the polystyrene cups thats were all over the plot and quite a bit of other stuff too so just a general tidy yesterday with a view to doing a bit more today.

I have some pics so will be posting them when i can find my data cable for my phone.

Andy
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on January 28, 2017, 01:31

Good to have a nice large space... I miss my plot and especially the chance to get away for a few hours to somewhere quiet. Will you have a shed for a cuppa out of the wind?

(These days my veg plots are just over the road - a minute's walk away but I might dig out my camping gas cooker for later in the year. Must clear the shed up first.)
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Post by: New shoot on January 28, 2017, 18:26
I didn't have the energy for digging the plot today, but I've been pottering at home.  Seed potatoes are now set up for chitting.  The onions and welsh onions are pricked out into modules and I did a bit of seed sowing.

Patio aubergines (I know I'm going to regret this but they sounded so good  ::)), cabbage Heart and summer savoury are on the windowsill.  The aubergines got a plastic bag as extra insulation.  I also got some aquilegia, some dianthus and some sweet peas going.  Apart from the aubergines, all this is pretty tough stuff and is going into the blowaway in the greenhouse once it has got going.

I also sowed a couple of big tubs of peas in the greenhouse.  I've done an early crop of mangetout before, but these are a dwarf variety called Bingo, which are supposed to be great for containers.  They were 50p seed sale bargains, so worth a punt  ;)
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on January 28, 2017, 22:05
Did a seaweed run today.

Andy.
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Post by: Mum2mj on January 29, 2017, 13:05
I actually made it to the plot today which is no mean feat as I have 3 kids 7 and under (they stayed at home  :unsure:)
As soon as I got there it started raining but not enough to put me off.  I'd say about 1/2 of my plot is weedy and overgrown, I dug over less than 1sq m but filled an entire sack with bind weed  :(
But I also managed to clear a couple of paths and put some cardboard down.
Barely any of my plot is defined so my aim over the next few months is to mark out the beds and paths and have a section for my kids to play safely in.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: scenic on January 29, 2017, 14:55
Did a little clearing, lifted up the last leeks and heeled them in yesterday, it was bitterly cold up there.  After a light frost its becoming a little milder today so i began laying the new path from the shed allow me to get around the plot after fencing and replacing last year.     Soil under foot very heavy at the tope end where him doing the work.   
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Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 01, 2017, 21:52
Cleared out Brussel sprout stalks from one raised bed, broccoli from another. Harvested some leeks for lunchtime soup. Seriously sticky underfoot today, rain stopped any further preparation.

Cheers HH
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 02, 2017, 16:35
Mild and warm enough but the soil doesn't want standing on.. squishy.

I keep peering at my purple sprouting from the path... I am impatient to be cutting a few shoots.
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Post by: snowdrops on February 02, 2017, 17:02
Had a walk round & that's all. Some of the other plots at the bottom of the site were waterlogged 😞
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Post by: HilaryG on February 03, 2017, 11:50
At last, some sunshine! Dug up some leeks which have survived the subzero temps. Noticed they've got leek moth damage even having been under enviromesh since last May!
Picked some sprouts which have been super this year. I put this down to digging in a mountain of horse manure over the last 2 years.
There are now quite a lot of vacant plots on our site...I wonder if the enthusiasm for allotmenteering is waning?
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 04, 2017, 03:07

I'd not be surprised if price increases caused by poor weather in Spain and Italy to veg in the shops doesn't see a surge in interested new allotmenteers!

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Post by: Wiltshire Worms on February 04, 2017, 17:56
Sowed cut and come again lettuce in greenhouse...I will help the shortage :D
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Post by: victoria park on February 04, 2017, 19:23
Rehung the greenhouse door that blew off. The birds were able to get in and munch some of my overwintering peas, but they'll survive. A cloche also blew off some outdoors overwintering peas, but again ok. 
Eased and pulled out some couch roots in and around the raspberries.
Harvested some greenhouse lettuce, a couple of parsnips, kale, sprouts and the last of the rainbow beetroots.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 05, 2017, 00:33

Was it windy? I know the forecasts said it would be (sometime or other) but not noticed it here.  :ohmy:


Today I put 90 shallots into cells and plonked the lot in an unheated greenhouse.... I know they can be planted straight out onto the plot in mid February but I like to get mine shooting and plant when the weather's warmer and sunnier.
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 05, 2017, 09:26
Got some wood from the dump to mark out a few beds to make the plot look tidy. Harvested some leeks and celeriac.  Purchased seed potatoes from the local Horticultural Society shop.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Andrew.
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Post by: StephB on February 05, 2017, 13:00
Tackled the disaster that is my polytunnel today.

Didn't manage to do anything with it during 2016 as was nursing my father in law through Cancer treatment.

Its not too bad in there, but alot of weeding and digging in of horse manure to be done.

I haven't sowed anything yet.  I hate trying to manage seedling on windowsill in the house and guessing it's still too cold even in the polytunnel to get sowing.  Please correct me if i am wrong.

Tired now and sat having a cup of tea in the house.  Not sure if I will go down again today.  I should do though as have tonnes of work to do before the season starts properly.
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Post by: New shoot on February 05, 2017, 17:50
Too wet to do much.  A bit of mud-larking does a girl no harm, but there are limits even for me.

I did get some bags of green waste from the garden into the compost bins, then I cut down all the old canes and tied in the new ones on the hybrid berries, as I can get to these from the edges.  Carted the prunings and surplus branches I had cut off to the communal dump, then wandered around drinking coffee and hatching plans.

It was getting dark when I got home and OH was about to launch a search party  :lol:
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Post by: snowdrops on February 07, 2017, 16:33
I trundled off to the plot with my wheelbarrow picked high of the pruned Christmas tree & added it to my bonfire pike. Then I dug up & washed some parsnips to bring home & pulled up a couple of rotted cabbages & the 2 sprout stems that had blown, cleaned them up & brought home what was salvageable for daughters chickens. Later on in the garden I snipped another pile of prunings to fit the wheelbarrow & put it in the greenhouse to dry a bit, never know it might dry enough to shred it
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Post by: stompy on February 08, 2017, 07:06
Yesterday-

Had a good look over my new plot after receiving my shed key form the previouse owner.
Looks like i have inherited 2 thornless bramble bushes, lots and lots of raspberrys (really need thinning)
2 greenhouses, a cracking quite large shed and a multitude of trays, pea frames, a rake and other bits and bobs.
Hit the jackpot!  :D

Only problem now is the kids (3 girls) want a patch of their own! ::) :D

Andy
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Post by: Robster on February 09, 2017, 11:17
Well I've started now. I'd been chitting some Arran Pilot. They are now in bags with compost and covered with bubble wrap in the green house. The first tomatoes are up and potted on but still in the incubator. They'll be my first croppers grown against an outside south facing wall.  Jalapeņos are up. Sowed peas and broad beans in root trainers. The deer ate all my autumn sown beans, which was annoying. Sowed summer cabbage and some lettuce.
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 09, 2017, 14:42

You are doing well. Too cold here.... although the shallots are in cells in the unheated greenhouse.
Seeds sown = none...yet.

Looked at the plot again after lifting some leeks yesterday.... escaped back indoors again.
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Post by: Wiltshire Worms on February 10, 2017, 21:40
Decided not to go..too blooming cold :D
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Post by: Flowertot on February 12, 2017, 17:36
Husband and I pruned and tidied up the huge old Bramley apple tree in our garden today.  Too cold to do much else.
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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 12, 2017, 18:18
Popped down between the hail sleet and snow we've had today to take a closer look at the tree stump in the bottom corner... still scratching my head! Set away some leek seeds in the house as too wet to do anything else at the moment..
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Post by: New shoot on February 13, 2017, 11:28
Last cold night here tonight for a while, so tomorrow the onions from seed are heading to the blow away inside the greenhouse and a shunt round will commence inside.  Leeks are showing and will move to a cool windowsill, as will some herbs and perennials I have on the go. 

I've sown peppers and chillies today (just a couple each of Supergreen, Amanda, Lipstick, Pot Black, Hungarian Peach and Trinidad Perfume), plus some more aubergines.  I had 1 germinate from the first lot  ::)  He's in a pot now and we'll have another go.  I hope this isn't a harbinger of my aubergine growing this summer, but I fear the worst  :ohmy:  ::)  :lol:
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Post by: stompy on February 13, 2017, 13:19
I pruned my neighbours fruit trees x 2 as they were overhanging my plot by a couple of foot.
Apparently he never visited the plot last year and it's in a right state.
Moved the compost daleks so i can move the muck heap to a new position.
Also purchased my potatoes from the allotment shop, 1kg of Jazzy, 2kg of Charlotte, and 3kg of Diseree.
They are now in the greenhouse chitting  :blush: under a tripple layer of fleece.

I also swept out the shed and had a look to see what goodies the previouse owner has left me.

Andy
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 13, 2017, 13:51
Some people really have been busy!

I looked at the purple sprouting (again) but it still isn't (sprouting).
Put the hoe through a patch in the sunshine (while waiting for the cat to wander away so I could go home without it following)

New Shoot - I am jealous! Having nowhere to germinate leek seed this year mine are still in the packet.  :(
I am hoping I can sow outside and they might be ready by July for transplanting if not there'll be no leeks for 2017/18

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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 13, 2017, 20:08
A lot drier today and managed to get a couple of hours digging in... looks like there's been a few sod fires as lots of potash coming to the surface!
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Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 15, 2017, 13:26
Collected 3 trugs full of manure from our local stables. Piled it up down at the plot.
Tidied up the raised beds used for brassicas removing the blue pipes used for debris netting.
The rain was still holding off so I pruned the raspberries in the fruit cage and added them to the pile of debris scheduled for burning.
Ground pretty wet so no digging but interested to see that the couch grass is waking up on my asparagus bed. (Does it ever rest??)

Cheers HH
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Post by: AndyRVTR on February 15, 2017, 15:51
Lovely day today so went to Plot26 and did some more digging as well as some general tidying up..
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Post by: Mattgregory27 on February 16, 2017, 19:59
Managed to get a couple of hours at the plot so I prepared the bed for parsnips and carrots whilst I tended the incinerator, getting rid of tree branches the council left on my plot when they cut down a dead tree. Sowed some onion sets and put in a small row of carrot seeds in the polytunnel. Broad bean seeds to go in on my next visit!!!!!
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Post by: chillimummy on February 16, 2017, 20:31
Prepared area for potatoes with bit of hoeing and weeding. Picked couple of sprout sticks and a lone swede. Pulled up rest of turnips, salvaged a couple to eat.
Rescued my plastic bench from another allotment.
Bit of weeding around strawberries.
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Post by: candygold1 on February 16, 2017, 22:06
picked up my seed pots today so in the shed chitting away, charlotte and cara. will try and pop up plot and check on the broad beans and purple sprouting. not sure if i can get in yet as workmen putting in a badger proof fence some 1,8 meters deep, sadly lots of plots have been lost because of this.
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Post by: Paul Plots on February 17, 2017, 03:00
Lifted and trimmed leeks for dinner on the plot next-door.... moaned at the purple sprouting as it sill isn't.

Shut the cat in the shed unintentionally and then wondered where it was only to have it spring out at high speed when I put the tools away. Made me jump!

Checked on the shallots in the greenhouse.... Beginning to root.
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Post by: Martin70 on February 17, 2017, 13:08
Received my seeds today and moved the garlic outside from the greenhouse.

Weeding tomorrow :(
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Post by: candygold1 on February 17, 2017, 15:33
lovely day up the plot and got a fair bit done, tied all the broad beans up as there getting quite tall now, weeded the asparagus and onion beds, dug me last parsnips and pulled a few leeks.
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Post by: victoria park on February 17, 2017, 17:14
I keep popping tomato/pepper/other seedlings  up to the cold greenhouse, tucking them up under domes, and leave, thinking there's so much more to be done on the plot. Spent 5 minutes inserting some pea sticks and string into my over winter pea crop that are now out of their cloche.
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Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 17, 2017, 19:15
Purchased battens and chopped up into stakes some battens to border my fruit bushes. Forked some festering couch roots onto the compost heap that had been soaking in water. Stacked some timber for a fire but didn't have a light.

Andy
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Post by: candygold1 on February 18, 2017, 17:00
another beautiful sunny day it was a pleasure to get stuck in, managed to dig 2 large beds over and sort the kale and purple sprouting nets out, i noticed one spear of purple almost ready for picking. sorted out the carrot bins all 4 of them and gave them some fresh soil for this year. i must say the plot is looking very good now i would say im pretty much ready for planting when the time is right.
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Post by: jaydig on February 18, 2017, 19:14
Planted out two rows of broad beans. Finished moving some raspberry canes. Dug over another bed and covered it. Picked some sprouts and the last of the leeks. Pruned all of the old growth out of the tayberry and tied the new growth in.  Came home tired but happy.  The season has started at last!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Mr Rotavator on February 18, 2017, 19:54
Planted a red current and loganberry. Put some reclaimed decking around vines and fruit bushes. Had a fire.

Andy.
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Post by: MidlandBrewer on February 18, 2017, 19:56
Finally got my first 2*3 polytunnel built :)
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Post by: snowdrops on February 18, 2017, 21:28
Pruned the autumn raspberries, took the kitchen waste & added to the compost bins, then looked at the bonfire pile & decided it would all fit on the top of the ready to use compost under the lid to aid drying, so did just that although it involved a rather hefty rootball that required attacking with a saw & 2 forks to enable me to lift it. Came home a bit worse for wear after that
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Paul Plots on February 19, 2017, 23:59

well done with those broadbeans.... mine are still in the packet.
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Post by: Mum2mj on February 20, 2017, 20:53
Planted out two rows of broad beans. Finished moving some raspberry canes. Dug over another bed and covered it. Picked some sprouts and the last of the leeks. Pruned all of the old growth out of the tayberry and tied the new growth in.  Came home tired but happy.  The season has started at last!

well done with those broadbeans.... mine are still in the packet.
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So are mine!
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 20, 2017, 23:06
Well my broad beans have just germinated in the root trainers.  Another couple of weeks and I'll harden them off and then plant them out if it's relatively mild.  Potted on my Super Mamande tomatoes and some Jalapeņos today.  My garden raised bed designated for salary type things has been finally prepared ready to receive the first lettuce in a week or two.  All in all a good pottering today
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Christine on February 21, 2017, 14:09
Turned the compost heap on the older of my two plots as it had middle aged spread. Before I put the black plastic covering back on I let the robin take a few worms. I didn't realise how much it had rotted down .... It was enormous when I started it with all sorts of things last October (someone's privet hedge clippings helped).

Added chicken pellets and mulch to the rhubarb on the newer of the two plots. Don't think I shall get anything off it this year as it has been moved and split but it can be encouraged for next year. Decided where I could put a compost heap when I get things growing (well the plot was stripped before the last tenant handed in the keys so there really isn't anything to get started with till the weeds grow and crops are harvested).
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 23, 2017, 11:11
Sowed two new varieties of tomato today. Akron and golden crown. Never grown these before but they seem to come highly recommended. These are destined to end up in the green house. Also sowed aubergines.  Won't do anything until Doris has left.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Robster on February 24, 2017, 13:13
Doris departed.  Not too much damage up the Lotty.  Tidied up a bit.  Harvested swedes, leeks and purple sprouting.  Sowed Bunyards exhibition broad beans.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: jaydig on February 24, 2017, 14:25
Spent a while returning various sheets of ground cover to the plots they had originally belonged to.  Doris obviously thought I needed considerably more weed cover than I already had.  Quite interesting exercise, taking a sheet around to plots where I could see some missing, and trying to see if it matched the type they already had on and the size of the vacant area.
Gave up trying to find the right homes for various pots, containers, buckets, etc.
Raked a lot of debris off my plot, and then weeded a row of newly set strawberry plants.
Picked my first bunch of daffodils.
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: Hampshire Hog on February 25, 2017, 10:50
Spent an hour or so down at plot yesterday turned over a couple of raised beds incorporating some horse manure. Planning to use these beds for beans etc. Hopefully the manure will have rotted a bit by the time I come to sow/plant  the beans. Then spent some time weeding my asparagus bed it had also had some horse manure as a present for it but selected the oldest poo I could find as the asparagus will be up in a couple of months.(I hope!!)
Just sowed some boltardy beetroot in my conservatory as we are almost in March and this should give me some seedlings to plant out as soon as the weather allows next month. The weeds think spring is coming!!

Cheers HH
Title: Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
Post by: blackberryjam on February 25, 2017, 11:23
I'm off to the allotment shop today to buy a onion set and some  fish blood and bone .
No potatoes this year had enough Volunteers last year properly have some more
Spring onions already coming up in the greenhouse will sow some broad beans and maybe I'll start of a few French beans this weekend.
I,ll try sowing a few Brussel seeds too but  don't have much luck with growing Brussels seeds or plant ,which is annoying as they are my favourite vegetable 😔