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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Grass cut,so its Saturday in the vegetable area.

07 May 2010 23:53:41
Saturday plans for the vegetable garden.

Saturday plans for the vegetable garden.

Now that the lawns have been cut,time will be fixed on the roots area in vegetable garden.The 9 buckets have been prepared and made ready for use.Others moved to different areas.Buckets,1,5,and 7 will have a selection of some more Carrot seed [Daucus carota] In 2 and 9 Spinach seed [Spinacea oleracea].In number 6 some Marigold,Cracker Jack will be used.Used in bucket number 3 will be some more Beetroot[Beta vulgaris]No plans further than there until afternoon tomorrow at some stage.


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Cloncaw Cloncaw 08 May 2010 00:21:58

Do you sow most of your veg in containers?


fran m fran m 08 May 2010 06:54:39

All will work out well for you, John.


J.D. J.D. 08 May 2010 07:19:17

That's plenty to be getting on with. Fair play.


Lìga Lìga 08 May 2010 07:45:23

Good luck with all plans,John!


Hoeys Hoeys 08 May 2010 09:57:09

its great idea with the buckets... thanks for your journals -i am learning a lot.


LNolan LNolan 08 May 2010 10:32:13

Using the buckets is so handy John. If the weather gets cold you can just pick them up and put them inside. I discovered how handy it is when i had no choice but to use them this year. Will be using them plenty more in the future though.

I noticed that the soil i have in the buckets is forming cracks on top and there's a small gap between the inside of the bucket and the soil. Is this any harm to the seeds?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 20:42:15

I use 6 raised outdoor beds Cloncaw to also sow in,and one section of the tunnel not raised,along with crates,tubs,buckets etc.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 20:42:59

So far so good Fran,thanks.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 20:47:18

We have to make hay while the sun shines Jacinta,because rain will never be to far away to pay a visit.[Thanks]


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 20:48:21

Thanks Liga.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 21:00:12

Thanks Hoey.Good luck with all the vegetable growing.Some years back when i first used buckets,after spotting them used in a vegetable garden,they have been part of here since,and add to them whenever i spot one.Can last up to at least 3 or more years.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 21:12:12

A mobile container all the way Liam.Another good thing i like about them is when a particular veg you have grown gets to big and space is short they are handy to move to another area.What i do is to mark a number on the bucket along with a letter.Those 9 buckets go A TO I along with a number [also into the diary] and the area its in.The buckets can be moved to every part of the garden and the name or number will never be lost so no problem with date of sowing etc.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 May 2010 21:26:52

Liam it sounds like the clay in your bucket has gone dry.With potatoes you will see the ground forming cracks,and will do similar in a bucket if low in water.With the seeds i dont want to sound negetive but i think they are a crisp by now.With the gap between soil and bucket,i would be thinking the clay on top is gone solid.If it is well over the time for the seeds to germinate then start a fresh sowing with a new supply of compost.If you have any of the seed showing first off Liam in the bucket with the cracked compost/clay, then steep the bucket in water until moist.If the soil is solid at the top,the seeds wont be able to push through.


LNolan LNolan 09 May 2010 21:55:35

Thanks John. Theyre not down too long so i'll give them another while to see if anything happens. If not, then i'll do a fresh sowing.


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