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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:19

Another afternoon spent in the veggie garden. Have sowed spinach beet, beetroot (Detroit), peas (Kelvedon Wonder), mangetout peas (Normand) and hardy annuals in new cut flower bed. Planted out red oak leaf lettuces and planted Charlotte potatoes also 5 other free potatoes that came with them.
In the GH, in pots have sowed French beans, courgettes, butternut squash, cucumbers and sweet corn. Will sow carrots and parsnips tomorrow.

Using vegetable plug plants

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:37

Cabbages, beetroot, carrots, spinach and onions are hardy, but if they've been kept indoors they need hardening off first, which means protection at night or if it's very cold for about a week until they are used to being outside. Carrots don't like root disturbance, never heard of them as plugs. I sow seeds, will sow some this afternoon. Then you thin them out, leaving some to grow on.

French beans and pumpkins are not hardy. They will need to be indoors until frosts are over.

Starting a garden from scratch - need lots of tips.

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:32

The "Expert" series are very good, although written some time ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Flowering-Shrub-Expert-best-selling/dp/0903505398

The Complete how to be a Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh explains everything, but not boringly.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Complete-How-To-Gardener/dp/0563522623  

Room 101

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 13:18

Weeds - probably here already, but they've started growing again.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 10:12

Good morning all. Another sunny day.

I hope your backs, Lesley and Chicky, are on the mend and punkdoc's virus is only a small one.

Today will be the fun bit in the veggie garden, sowing seeds and planting potatoes. Not as ache making as yesterday's preparation.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 09:53

Loads to do here Victoria, but you'd have to come to France!

Another day to be spent in the veg garden, but today is the fun bit, seed sowing and potato planting.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 22:37

Was in the veggie garden from 11am to 6.30pm with drink breaks. Now I'm aching.

Watched Morecombe and Wise, haven't laughed so much at the TV for ages.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 22:03

I'm aching all over. Been in the veggie garden from 11am to 6.30pm with the odd drink break. Weeded and dug out the spinach beet that seeded itself so that OH could finish the rotavating. Dug and added a barrow load of home made compost and 2 sacks of bought compost where the runner beans will go.

Raked and put down weed supressing fabric, apart from where onions, broad beans and peas are as had already done that. The wind didn't help!

Then cleared half the jungle on the right, about 3m x 10m which hasn't been cultivated for a few years. There are metal posts and wires which supported raspberries years ago, so I dug along that bit and added 2 sacks of compost, will grow tomatoes there.

The whole veg garden is quite big, 25m x 10m with the GH and 3 cold frames in the middle.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 09:52

What make is yours, Chicky?

Feeding roses

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 09:51

Start spraying with Rose Clear as soon as possible, even before leaves are out properly. Make sure the roses are fed and watered enough as a healthy plant is more resistant. When the spring is wet the black spot is usually worse. Clear up dead leaves and burn them, or bag them and put them in the rubbish (not for re-cycling).

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