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Grow Your Own / Re: First spear of spring
« Last post by hasbeans on Today at 08:23 »
10 spears now, nice thickness too.  I planted 2 year old crowns early spring last year and all the ferns were pencil thick at best, some look 3 times the thickness this year.  Intending to harvest for about a month this year, hopefully get away with it as the crowns a a year older.
All the spuds are up now, peas,beets and carrots appearing too.  Not doing so well with the tender stuff indoors, had a few toms and cukes die.  Can't win em all...
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Grow Your Own / Re: Manuring between onions.
« Last post by Nobbie on Today at 08:19 »
If it's well, rotted there should be no problem. I'm just about to plant out my onion sets through a layer of manure put on the ground in Jan with a similar idea.
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Grow Your Own / Re: manure on the top of the ground
« Last post by Nobbie on Today at 08:17 »
No, they'll be fine. The rain will have washed through the manure to neutralise any corrosive contents. I threw fresh horse manure over my Asparagus bed in Feb and the asparagus has come through just fine. I think you may have had even more rain than us.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Time for the seedling dance again?
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 08:17 »
Oooh very neat  8)

I bet its full pretty soon  ;)  :lol:
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Morning all :)
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 08:15 »
That sounds like an ideal solution for you both Growster  :D

I've got the whole weekend off so planning a plot visit early on before it gets too hot, then a play round the garden, seedling shuffling and then maybe more seeds.  A perfick day for me  :lol:
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Time for the seedling dance again?
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 08:09 »
Mines not, just not got started yet 😱😱
This was it on Tuesday after Id finally washed it on Sunday, then got the staging washed & tightened & the slats finally in place( I only bought the staging last year)
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General Gardening / Re: Help with seedling ID
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 08:06 »
Snap Jaydig just what I would say too.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Time for the seedling dance again?
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 08:03 »
I am reaching critical mass with seedlings now  :ohmy:  I think the greenhouse must have shrunk in all the rain  :unsure:

A major sort out is planned for later on as I need room for beans  :lol:
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Cheers for the positive responses AuntSally & SuziTwoShoes...

I've been using it a lot lately on the plot, yesterday de-scalping a weedy mound of soil in about 5 mins. Stabbing the base of the mound then rolling the weeds into a mass then stabbing & rolling some more until all the weeds were cleared and now all in a nice single rolled up mass of weeds. Easily carried to the compost heap.

Also planted some potatoes using my snubbed nose trowel, found it creates a bigger more wedged shape hole.
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I'd suggest you take a look at this page on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=curtis+stone+new+zealand

And also consider buying Richard Perkins excellent book on small scale farming utilising permaculture and regenerative agriculture. It's roughly 58 NZD which isn't cheap but it really is a masterwork. You can only buy it direct from him on his site. Link below
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I think it's worth investing a little time and money on getting helpful information so you'll be equipped to properly plan out - even if you're not looking to make money as a farm.
Incidentally, you should be able to provide all the vegetables and fruit for a family from 500 square yards - which leaves a bit of room for the animals :)
Richard Perkins also has a very good Youtube channel - whilst he's in Sweden, many of his methods and principles make sense for anywhere.
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