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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Wednesday news.

15 July 2009 23:23:58
Remaining peas[low growing] in final place at last.

Remaining peas[low growing] in final place at last.

The main area of work was done in the greenhouse this evening.The tomatoes had all the side shoots removed along with the outside sown ones.Some feeding was done along with some more tying to supports.A quick look was given to the veg bed and then back to wash out the greenhouse floor.The seed packet trays were given a tidy up.No more garden work this evening after that.


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Jen.K Jen.K 15 July 2009 23:33:29

Your garden is so neat and tidy..My tomatoes are still quite small, if i remove the side shoots would that help them ?


Mairin Mairin 16 July 2009 00:34:16

Now, there's a line to view. I am curious - where do you get all the crates? You seem to have an endless supply.


Rachel Rachel 16 July 2009 11:40:35

Looking good. At least greenhouse veg can be harvested in the rain!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2009 20:42:29

Thank you Jenny.So your tomatoes are quite small.The side shoots dont help the plan at all.You are correct to remove them.When they reach the height that suits you best then remove the growing tip to help each truss enlarge well.Feed little and often until in full fruit size.Then up the feed.Hope that helps.


Jen.K Jen.K 16 July 2009 20:50:11

Thanks for that.. Your Journal entries are great.. i'm getting loads of tips about veg (this is my 1st yr to grow it)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2009 20:53:25

The line Mairin [thanks] come in many ways.No matter where i spot a crate,bucket,etc i ask the shopowner if i could have them.The old fish crates the same.Used flower buckets etc also.A quick run over with the power washer,drill a few holes in them and i end up with a perfect raised bed,or crates for holding the flower tubs.A little small but when in a group fine.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2009 21:01:22

Thanks Rachel,that is true for sure.We can defeat the rain one way or another Some day the garden pests will be defeated too.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 July 2009 21:04:45

Your welcome Jenny.Do you grow much veg or have you any in particular.


Jen.K Jen.K 16 July 2009 23:24:27

not really set up that well this yr..just trying out few things in containers, carrots, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce oh and peas (from my mother in law to be!) see how they go and try again next yr.


chilipepper chilipepper 17 July 2009 02:30:41

Hello John, always intrigued me where do you get all the mixture for your pots and tubs! and what do you do with it when veg has grown? will we have the mountains of Meath in a few years, i grow veg in a few window boxes, tubs and pots as well as the garden, but nowhere near the volume of containers you use............


rita d rita d 17 July 2009 08:59:10

were you ever in the army john? all those straight lines... like soldiers but tasting better. all ready for inspection..


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 July 2009 21:35:13

Hope all goes well for you Jenny,growing in the containers.Keep at it.A good start is half the battle.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 July 2009 21:46:23

Hi Dave.The mixture is mainly made of compost [home made] with the sand and clay from my brother.The cow manure also comes from a local farmer.When the veg is grown the tubs are checked and topped up fresh.Im afraid it wont be the mountains of Meath here it will be the rivers of Meath down here.Once things grow for us all,be it window boxs,tubs,containers etc,everyone will be happy.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 17 July 2009 21:54:19

No Rita, i was never was in the army.With most of the items in the garden been mainly square shaped i try to go by the same principle with any straight lines.Some well put together words about tasting better and ready for inspection.


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