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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Temperatures up well today.

29 December 2010 10:15:45
This is what we need.

This is what we need.

The temperatures are well up today.For the last couple of days similar.One time a disaster,now a sign of garden life in the air.Maybe Jack Frost thinks that it has done enough of harm.

I cant put aside the need for some early jobs in the garden.Those such as fleece,canes,and a check on the lawn mower all need a visit.Later this week i hope to do so without fail.

The saved seed Potatoes are doing well despite a few lost to weather.Now that 99% of all the other crops are lost,including the inside the tunnel,the thinking cap is back on.First though any damaged seed Potatoes must be burned as they will be of severe damage to the compost heaps.Damage to the Potatoes will be like another way of leaving disease in the ground if used.I saved enough earlier,so time to stop thinking about them.

The early Cabbage,Onions, and Tomatoes have been started indoors,and i will proceed from there.Bring on the New Year.


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Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 December 2010 10:40:06

You are so well organised hopefully it's onwards and upwards from now.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 December 2010 10:52:24

Thanks,Cloncaw.It sure is as you mention,onwards and upwards we have to go.


Wellie Wellie 29 December 2010 11:53:32

Geraldine is right, I dont know how you keep everything so under control John AND work, I'm half afraid to even look into the tunnell, the only thing left to eat in our veggie patch is parsnips:-)


Rachel Rachel 29 December 2010 12:33:46

John, I have every confidence that you will bounce back from this.

I am not sowing tomatoes so early myself this year. Although I may start buying seed now.


Ladybird Ladybird 29 December 2010 16:05:51

Keep smiling Spring is around the corner! 


Hoeys Hoeys 29 December 2010 17:02:49

i will this time of the year soon when we all get exited about the first seedlings... window sills will be full of pots and trays...


Jacinta Jacinta 29 December 2010 19:07:45

My early-sowing of tomato seeds last year were a disaster. All they did was struggle. Not enough light, and not enough heat. Gotta be patient. Won't start them off until March.


Clara Clara 29 December 2010 22:50:38

Great work ahead John and that photo looks good.


Lìga Lìga 30 December 2010 08:53:15

Jacinta learn from mistakes:)))

  I think same,no light-no healty plant,no good crop...

Which plant lights do you use John ?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 31 December 2010 15:01:09

Thank you for the kind words.

Liga i have strong water proff fluorescents in use.Once the min temp along with the lights,does not go below 16 deg,and night temp,at a min of 10 deg,they should survive well.


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