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Giving the soil a boost.

26 August 2014 20:11:35

In the veg garden i set up a way to remove stones from the veg beds.I have been planning to do this job every year.Thats me, in one ear but out the other.Once sowing starts then the sifting job is pushed to one side.On Saturday last i done the long planned work to the outer tunnel veg bed.I used crates with the bottom one turned upside down not to damage the soil to much.I would empty the blue crate when app 50? full of good clay.Another crate can be added to make things higher.The centre section was a deep blue crate.The sifter was made up a small crate having a section of the bottom removed.A pice of quarter inch mesh wire with some ties attached to it.Done the job well for me.The veg bed B2 had similar done to it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 August 2014 20:16:29

Looks great, John.

matt64 matt64 26 August 2014 21:25:47

Very inventive John and you done a great job...

ClaireE ClaireE 26 August 2014 21:32:38

The soil looks fantastic, that must have been a lot of work though. At home I always wonder how, no matter how many stones I remove, there are always some left, but I just pick them as I see them so not a very thorough job I guess...

roofy roofy 26 August 2014 22:11:21

Not a stone unturned John,a job well done

Periwinkle Periwinkle 26 August 2014 22:34:15

Soil looks fantastic, but I dont envy you all that hard work. Full marks for dedication!

andyf7 andyf7 26 August 2014 22:43:00

it looks very neat John, but do you think its a good idea to remove the stones? i have to say i would not do that if it was mine. 

Jackie Jackie 27 August 2014 07:37:54

Well done there John. I would have thought the stones help with drainage!! 

Dick Dick 27 August 2014 17:53:53

Well done John. I don't know what type of soil you have but with me I have been removing stones goodo since I started.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 28 August 2014 18:46:56

Thank you all.

mrscrumbo mrscrumbo 15 November 2014 23:24:09

Fab thinking..... must get some crates at work..... looks fab

The Flu pays an unwelcome visit.

12 August 2014 20:06:22

I called to the local doctor this evening to get something to control the flu.Though good weather,the in and out of tunnels and greenhouses cant defeat Mother Nature.

All was not lost.This evening i dug up the late planting of potatoes in some polypots.Just small black bags designed for the job.A total of 12 bags.

The type i grew were late first earlies (Pentland Jav) in the coldframe.Earlier brassicas (cabbage etc) were started there.Then when empty,prepared for a quick planting of potatoes.Quite happy i was with the turnout.At least the flu cant win there.

Hosta Hosta 12 August 2014 20:27:38

Hope you soon feel better John.  Good lot of potatoes.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 12 August 2014 20:33:22

Sorry you have the flu John, but hope you are soon better. Always miserable to get it when there is so much to do but maybe you need a couple of days rest! Good results with the potatoes.

JoanG JoanG 12 August 2014 20:42:37

Hope you feel better very soon, John; that's a nice crop of potatoes.

fran m fran m 12 August 2014 20:45:04

Hope your better asap John.

fraoch fraoch 12 August 2014 21:12:06

Get well soon, John!

andyf7 andyf7 12 August 2014 21:40:08

beautiful Spuds john and i hope your back fighting fit soon. 

Dick Dick 12 August 2014 21:45:07

Surprised John, that you had the 'flu and were able to get things like that done. The 'flu can be serious and you want to mind yourself.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 August 2014 03:17:14

Lovely, John. Pass the butter please.

Hope you are on the mend very soon.

Kate & Graham Kate & Graham 13 August 2014 06:01:21

Get well soon

Jackie Jackie 13 August 2014 06:54:43

Get well soon from me too John. 

KL KL 13 August 2014 09:25:58

Hope you feel well again real soon john- get plenty of VitC into you ;)

Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 August 2014 18:56:37

Thank you all so much for the kind words.On the mend well now.Thanks again.

Garden gifts from America.

12 August 2014 19:46:00

At the weekend, Alan, Kate ( my sister) and family returned from a holiday in America.Not before the time,and finally decided to take their holiday from work.All went well for the two weeks.I was given a pressie with some of flower and veg seeds which im very thankful for.The thought was there.What i was amazed with was a simple bird feeder to attach to a 2 litre bottle.I got a funnel from the garden shed and the birds think Chistmas came early for them.All done with a small section of steel.Simple,small,attaches perfect,and loved by them.The birds and the bee's they sing so well in flowers and trees.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 August 2014 19:57:03

That feeder is a great idea, John. Let us know how well it does to attract our feathered friends.

Lovely selection of garden goodies. Very thoughtful present.

JoanG JoanG 12 August 2014 20:20:17

Lovely presents John, the bird feeder looks interesting.  It's so rewarding to attract birds to the garden.

andyf7 andyf7 12 August 2014 21:34:39

i really like that simple bird feeder idea and good recycling to benifit the birds, And a nice haul of seeds from another Country makes them all the more special. Fair play to Alan and Kate. :-). 

Jackie Jackie 13 August 2014 06:51:07

Lucky you John and I'm sure the birds will be singing to their hearts content. 

Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 August 2014 19:49:03

Thank you all.The birds think its a feast for them.

Lavatera,full name needed please.

09 August 2014 15:19:59

I know it is lavatera but the full name im afraid not.

Again the seeds were given to me.Could i get its full name and is it hard to save its seeds in autumn.

matt64 matt64 09 August 2014 15:24:50

Lovely mallow John...

JoanG JoanG 09 August 2014 20:50:30

Nice plant, John.  I don't know much about lavateras but maybe it's Lavatera cretica or Lavatera arborea.

andyf7 andyf7 09 August 2014 22:43:57

sorry John im not that familar with them, i like it though. 

Jackie Jackie 10 August 2014 08:05:13

I love it. I have two but not the same. Mine are 'Barnsley' but they don't have that stripe effect. 

Scrubber Scrubber 10 August 2014 13:28:26

John this may be the end of a beautiful friendship but I am fairly sure its tha tree mallow Lavatera Arborea related to common mallow but much stronger stem. Its a wild flower but one that I always welcome into my garden. I have had it for years butnever thought of saving the seed a s it returns each year.

GOULDILOX GOULDILOX 11 August 2014 09:25:21

I have one very similar that is Mallow Lavatera, John.

KL KL 11 August 2014 14:22:38

Lovely  Lavatera john- I have two different kinds myself- it's one of those plant you look out at and think " isn't that just lovely"  :)

Johnplotman Johnplotman 12 August 2014 18:16:07

Thank you all.I can write its name in the list.When asked about the lovely pink flowers,i will be happy to say its name as The tree mallow Lavatera arborea.Thanks again.

What have we here.ID needed.

09 August 2014 15:15:40

To me its like the Willow Herb,only it is a lot smaller.I notice the purple flowers among some shrubs in the lower bed.Or will i just class it a weed for sure and exit it.Only problem is the flowers look well.

matt64 matt64 09 August 2014 15:26:54

To me it looks like willow herb...

Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 August 2014 17:24:02

Definitely a weed, John. I have the same that has self-seeded in one of my pond-liners. I think it's quite pretty so I have left it for this year. Didn't know what it was called though, so thanks for this post.

JoanG JoanG 09 August 2014 20:43:28

Yes, it does look like willow herb.  Pity it's so invasive as the flowers are nice.

Fleurette Fleurette 09 August 2014 21:33:26

To me, it looks like Rosebay willow herb.  It really looks so striking, sitting up there, straight, good strong colour etc etc.   its in a garden where I help sometimes.  I have tried to remove it, year after year.  I think I have removed all those long thick running roots, spreading along under the rhodos. And then 2 yrs later, it is back again!  Those roots are bad news.

andyf7 andyf7 09 August 2014 22:48:04

willow herb for sure.

Jackie Jackie 10 August 2014 08:02:55

Aha now I know lol 

Scrubber Scrubber 10 August 2014 13:33:23

Yes Fleutette is correct.  thats Rosebay willow herb and can be rampant. The bigger one is great willow herb (Codlins and cream) which has slightly more geranium like flowers.

Johnplotman Johnplotman 12 August 2014 17:52:19

Rosebay willow here it is.Thanks you all.Fleurette i taught i was lucky that some seeds may have blown from my neighbours garden.Not this time though.Good to know Peter.

Thank you all again.

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