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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Sun ready to break through here this morning..

21 May 2010 07:52:37
Cabbage [Brassicas] doing well.

Cabbage [Brassicas] doing well.

Has the sign of another lovely morning here.Both places [tunnel and greenhouse] gave readings well above the growing area.Grass will be cut for an hour on return this evening and if possible a while will be spent in the vegetable garden.Weeds are appearing up at a fast pace.All indoor watering has been checked on after first light this morning.Now that is done,all will be repeated later if needed.


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brigette brigette 21 May 2010 08:13:24

Looks great, and so tidy.Are the white things slug traps?


J.D. J.D. 21 May 2010 08:29:37

Very foggy here in Dublin. It's going to get really hot later when it burns off.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 21 May 2010 09:53:58

Fog cleared here very quickly, watering like mad.. Did'nt do any cabbage this year but yours look great John, might do a winter cabbage as they might get used more, any suggestions of when I'd need to sow winter cabbage John and what variety?


Monkells Monkells 21 May 2010 10:01:40

Looking very good John. Love the night photos!! Everything looks so healthy!


Rachel Rachel 21 May 2010 10:08:31

Don't the veg just adore this heat. I bet your cabbages are growing an inch a day!


unagrant unagrant 21 May 2010 10:32:28

It's great weather at last for growing.  Your cabbage is looking so healty


LNolan LNolan 21 May 2010 12:39:10

All the veg are really loving this weather Jonh. Its a good burst of growth to get.


fran m fran m 21 May 2010 16:50:21

Looking great John


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:25:11

Thanks Brigette.The white area are made up of used 2 litre milk drums.The bottoms are cut off,the tops made a little wider and this will allow water straight to the roots.[A form of French wells better known as.]


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:31:24

A fine day here Jacinta.Plenty more needed.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:40:25

Watering is in full swing for sure Bill,thanks.With the winter cabbage it will need to be in this month.Either a seed bed or single small pots.The cabbages [Brassica oleracea] for winter Bill,need starting in May,transplant them in early to mid July,and enjoy them from app November on.Winter cabbage called January King is an old favourite. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:43:12

Thanks Monica.The weather makes such a difference to all growing in the garden.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 21 May 2010 23:47:30

Thanks John, glad I asked will keep an eye out for that variety


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:51:05

Long may that heat last Rachel.All are growing fast for sure thanks,Some of the Spinach [Spinacia oleracea] put down no less than a week ago and showing well.Weeds but,are also at a fast pace to appear.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 21 May 2010 23:53:48

Thanks Una,we need blue skies and lots of water,and no garden pests or diseases to really let all the gardeners enjoy the summer.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 22 May 2010 00:02:00

Your welcome Bill.Good luck with all the veg,growing.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 22 May 2010 00:03:46

That is for sure Liam.We need that burst of growth to stay a lot longer.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 22 May 2010 00:14:07

Thanks Fran.


Ternie Ternie 22 May 2010 18:38:57

Perfect, as always, John! Here we only start to plant cabbage seedlings. The weather is great, 2 weeks we have hot and sunny weather, no rain, more like summer, than like May.


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