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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:48

Yesterday was a great day in the garden. Planted 3 varieties of potatoes, Sharpes Express, Home Guard and Queens. Sharpes under perspex cloche. Soil temp was 11 deg.

Filled 3 small raised beds for strawberries and repaired a footpath.

To-day sowed Leek seeds in trays in garden shed.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 20:19

Day off to-day. Planted 25 trees in garden for National Tree week. Do like to plant a few each year as I burn a bit in the stove.

Dug for early spuds which are chitting nicely upstairs.

Cleared away some unused parsnips to compost bin.

Added homemade compost to one rhubarb crown that the birds took a shining to.

A nice easy day in the garden, dry and cool.


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:33

The reason I chit main crop is because it is so hard to stop them sprouting in the bags in April. Chitting is used as a way to control what is going to happen anyway.


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:06

The simple answer to your question is that you have bought these seeds too early and they will all go sprout an take over the world!

The more complicated answer is keep them in as cool and dark but frost free a space as possible, for as long as possible and set them to chit a month to six weeks before you intend to plant. If they have started to sprout rub them off and store as above. We all tend to buy our potato seed a bit early as they tend to get scarce at planting time. Keep a eye on them from time to time

Hope this helps

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:06

Bought first earlies, Sharpes Express to-day. Set them to chit in egg boxes in a cold room(every room is cold in this wind). roll on march till we plant them.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:29

Started digging for early potatoes. Cleaned one bed of strawberries and bagged the dead leaves from same. No gardening until Saturday

Took the plunge, tips welcome!

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:56

Bit of a slip there Dove!


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:49

Very impressive. Might make myself one of those, the old ones I have are a little sad looking at the mo. still they served me well for years.

Well Charlie November we like to recycle and it also saves us money on wood. dismantling pallets isn't that hard really.

Garden Journal/Diary

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:43

Have kept a garden diary for the past 3 years. Great for checking back to see when you planted in other years and what the results were. Keep it simple, if it is complicated you will not keep it filled in regularly and then you lose the benefit of it.

Parsnip problems!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:38

Buy fresh parsnip seed each year. They have a very poor germination rate if kept over from last year.

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