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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:36

Very creepy feeling these eclipses give me. We had a total eclipse some years back. That surreal darkness gives me the shivers.

Did some gardening on my half day to-day.

Tilled and made furrows for my second earlies "British Queens". Will plant them over the weekend with added FYM and potato manure.

First Pickings 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 22:50

Nice ones there Dove, had a bit at weekend. very tasty.

soil test kit accuracy?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 20:17

Collect some rain water on a plastic sheet. This will give you almost pure water for the test. We add lime to acid soils, so lime water will give a more alkaline result. Have a very black loamy soil here and it is on the Alkaline side as can be seen by the scab on the spuds in my profile pic.

Early Potatoes

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:30

I used to live in London in the 80's 90's and have cousins in Wolverhampton. Good day for us in Cheltenham.

Early Potatoes

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:24

Isn't everybody a long way from Tipperary.

Early Potatoes

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 21:15

Planted mine here in Tipperary last Saturday. Some under perspex cloche. others will have to be protected from frost till early May. hard work but worth it in June



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

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