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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Tomorow evening in the gardens.

23 May 2010 21:19:48
Waiting on the Roses.

Waiting on the Roses.

If all goes to plan and the weather holds up as good as today all will be well.Spent a few hours earlier working on the new crates outside the exit gate.[Pictures added].The next move there tomorrow evening will be to remove all away while sheets,similar to mypex will be spread first off.All crates will have a mix of home-made compost and well checked on clay.Still not sure what veg will be put there,but winter Brassicas are top of the list so far.If i set up a plan and involve crop rotation there,then Carrots [Daucus carota]Beetroot [Beta vulgaris] Lettuce[Lactuca sativa]and Dwarf Peas[Pisum sativum] will be used if all goes well.Time will be spent in the main garden doing some weeding also if all works out.


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LNolan LNolan 23 May 2010 21:33:12

You always seem to have everything well planned out John. Plenty of weeding to be done this weather.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 23 May 2010 23:12:53

Looking forward to the roses as well.


Clara Clara 23 May 2010 23:14:17

Which rose is it? Yes the weather is going to be good again tomorrow and we will all get great work done, but one of my water butts is empty and if this weather keeps up will be using tap water which I dont like doing.


Muddy Wellies Muddy Wellies 24 May 2010 08:53:24

How long do you leave the nettles soak before using the liquid as plant food.   Do you then dilute the liquid further?   You have some super photos.  Very well organised garden.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 24 May 2010 23:12:00

Plenty for sure Liam,thanks.They [weeds] will appear no matter how much hoeing etc is done.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 24 May 2010 23:13:59

That waiting will soon come to an end Cloncaw.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 24 May 2010 23:21:14

Clara,the rose is called Arthur Bell.[Here we call it Archie.] Watering is getting on the scarce side for sure.Looking like in a short while,we will have to depend on the taps.So much for rain water when it falls at the right time.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 24 May 2010 23:37:35

The nettles must be left 2-3 weeks Muddy Wellies.[thanks] After this time the liquid can be strained off and used.If you had a lot of nettles used,the liquid will be quite a dark brown/green in colour.It is very important to dilute it with 5-6 times the amount of water,to pour around growing plants or to sprinkle over seed beds to enrich the soil ready for planting.Nettle tea feed [Urtica dioica] gives off Nit 2 Phos 0 Potash 5.It will always deliver high potassium.


Lìga Lìga 25 May 2010 07:26:06

I made nettle liquid  last year,,uh,what of smell was after:))But good thing any way.


nephin nephin 25 May 2010 09:54:07

I always though nettles were high in nitrogen and comfrey was high in Potassium


Muddy Wellies Muddy Wellies 25 May 2010 14:19:05

Great.  Thank very much for the recipe!   We always have loads of nettles and it would be great to make some use of them.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 May 2010 18:45:18

Good to have around the place for sure Liga.Here we have a main nettle bed,buckets and a container of them to supply the feed.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 May 2010 18:53:56

They are indeed Nephin and one of the richest in its mineral content.The root system of the Urtica is capable of collecting many nutrients.Comfrey gives off some great potash.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 May 2010 18:58:33

Your welcome Muddy Wellies.They are most rich if done before the nettles flowers.


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