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19 May 2013 22:36:56
Work in the garden today.
Earlier today i spent some hours in the vegetable garden area.The tunnel needed watering and feeding.The greenhouse needed similar.Time was spent making up more hanging baskets with some flower and vegetable companions.
Trays of Spinach,Beetroot,Cucumbers etc,needed moving on.The pots of divided Peppermint from last year have all formed well now and need the exit door.The Strawberries plants have been added to some of the baskets.
Both the Carrots and Potatoes are coming on well in the greenhouse.Similar with the Potatoes in the polytunnel.The Mustard green manure will be dug back into the ground in a short while.
Outside weeds are appearing ten a penny while inside the tunnel weeds have booked a place until at least September.If the vegetables would only grow as quick.
The water barrells have all been given a new supply of manure,comfrey,nettles and weeds,with all to their own area.Let them cook away for the next few weeks.They will be diluted to the correct strength when the time comes.
Hoeing has been top of the list and will be in top gear for a long while.Trays will need hardening off first to be on the safe side with Mother nature.
I gave a light clipping to the Boxwood hedges in the large tubs to finish off the evening.Off then for a Sunday evening stroll to admire other gardens.The Tulips in the picture i noticed in my neighbours garden.No more garden plans untili later in the week.
07 May 2013 22:13:21
Bronze medal to a young Gymnastics gardener
At only 9 years of age Ciara my Niece captured a bronze medal in the All Ireland Gymnastics final 2 Sundays ago.Many times the little girl would always call to me at times during summer to see if a hand was needed at watering.As you can see from the top picture that was taken around early 2010,and a few years later to get to this stage was good at only 9 years of age.I might even ask the young lady to swing up and pull the dark clouds of rain away and keep the sun coming.Not looking good for the next few days with lots of rain expected.Warm damp weather a visit from Potato blight soon.
07 May 2013 21:44:52
Tinfoil on the support tips for eye protection.
Important to take care with small legume [peas etc] supports.I was told some time ago about this.With most of the small supports i use tiny branches of trees i gather on a Sunday evening walk.The taller areas will be canes so their fine.
Each time one is in place in a bucket with the 45 cm etc stalks i always wrap some tin foil at the top of the branch for eye protection,as throughout the year weeding,harvesting etc will need doing for each area so its important to be safe with the small supports.
29 April 2013 23:13:39
Dipping area for trays in place.
Outside the greenhouse i have set up my plans for dipping trays.Once that happens then they will be drained alongside,and back in to the greenhouse.Those heading for the tunnel will have similar.Some trays will need moving on later in the week but thats another story.The Potato bags are growing well in the greenhouse and similar with the Brassica trays etc.Another plan that will need setting up will be for shade in the greenhouse in a short while,we hope.Time to have a quick check overall in the tunnel now,for the next fifteen minutes.
29 April 2013 22:49:43
The latest work on the new flower bed..
Thanks again with all your advice about plants etc for this area on a previous journal.
I will not get back to it until later in the week now.
The weather is still strange,but not to bad.
Weeds appear fast,so the garden hoe will be in full use.
Plans for very early in the morning will be feeding some areas and back tomorrow night all going well to the greenhouse,for a short while.
Slugs are warming up to attack and have paid a visit already,but now its time for the battle stations with them.