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Peat Ballan

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Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 22:35

Got a 10X10 patch covered with a camping ground sheet, and another 14X14 carpeted . Only the best Qilton or Axminster will do !


The birds have got used to me and t'missus sitting out on the bench throwing meal worms down to them, and Madam Blackbird comes in reet close now. It's getting better all the time. I love this time of the year. Things are coming to life again, after the 6 month winter !  Bloomin' 'eck, it'll be autumn before we know it !  Can we get by on a 6 qweek growing season ?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:00

I'm just an old Gadgie wot is long past sell by date............... so wha is all this acronym stuff ?  TT, & CDM,MMP ? do bear with an OAP  !

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:53

Just hope it ain't any gardening prog ! I want t rest and relax, and forget anything about composts, soils, seeds, germinations, mulching, fertiloyzers, trowels, bowels and seives.  Ldet me sleep the sleep of the just,    just bone weary !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:49

Changeable weather, windy at first, cool-ish, dull to beguinia with, and then the wind dropped suddenly. Up in the greenhouse, throwing out trays of 'seed compost' which got overwatered, and the seeds rebelled, uppped and dies in the swamp conidtions. One miserable sweat pea, and it looks MIZZ !

Drying out the swamp under cover, outside the green house, and having a very mery drink under cover with the missus, laughing wor fool heeds orft. 


Love gardening, me !



Posted: 20/04/2013 at 23:10

I have sown three traays of sweet peas, of which about 45% have just about germinated in 5  weeks.  Braod beans in deep rooting pots are about 50%, and loads of other Sweet Pea seeds are just dormant under a shallow layer of Vermiculite. I find that Vermiculite is as helpful as vermicelli ! Utterly pointless, kills off any germination, and the soil turns green underneath. On the other hand, this could be due to overly enthusiastic watering ! Probably this is the cause.

 Generally, I have found that for a veg patch, sow seeds where you want them to grow, but, brassicas in a seed bed. Carrots, out in the garden, under a cold frame that will cover a small and short rowed patch.  Beetroot, where you want to grow them , and in a well conditioned soil. I don't worry too much about the 'fertilizer' stuff in the soil, but heap a load of manure for the 'conditioning of the soil. The more veg matter in the soil, the better. Fertility ain't the 'b' all and end all. Condition is the primary thing. The rest will look after itself. 

Get a good compost heap going, and wee on it as often as you are in the garden!  Better than Garotta, which is the same thing, but ours is better ! Bring your friends around for a few bers sometimes, and watch your garden grow !



Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:56

Then I suggest that you get an ipod and play Creedence Clearwater Revival at full volume, and see if that will assuage the terrors of the untersee geists !  Good music whatever the situation !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:01

Hmph !

Small Wildlife pond

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:49

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, but, you KNOW that they're there !!!  You have to hear the music from Jaws, and imagine the terror that goes on in the deep. Life and death struggles, day and night, creepy crawlies with jaws agape, exoskeletal monsters waiting under the pondweed, stinging, leeching and draining the life fluids out of their prey. Do you REALLY want to watch all that ?

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:46

Been oop t'lotty this afternoon, and planted out a row of reasonable broad beansies, then prepared the new strawberry bed that produced a record crop of 4 strawberries last year ! Sowed 4 doz wigwam beans into potties, fed the wild birds with meal worms, blackies getting very tame this year, chattered to the gang of spuggies in the hedge, drowning  out the Dunnocks , and had a generally nice relaxing time. 

This is what it's all about............ relaxing. Gardening ain't fun if yer 1/2 killing yerself over a mere plot of soil. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:29

Cooled off a bit since last report. nearly 1/2 5 and it is still breezy, but not as cool. It's about 10c, but well withn working temperatures even in Northumber-lalaland.

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