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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Panic stations today.

25 July 2009 22:23:24
Remainder of clay this evening.

Remainder of clay this evening.

We had a great day in the garden weather wise.Started early this morning to have all the jobs done before the lorry load of clay arrived.First by opening up tunnell,greenhouse,and coldframe.Done some weeding in the veg garden.All was going to plan with the grass getting a good trimming later in the morning.Doing the remainder of the feeding was next on the list.Started around 12 noon and  by app 2 pm almost finished.Then panic stations arrived.The clay came 2 hours earlier than expected.All feeding was abandoned until later.Help had been arranged but not for another 2 hours.The clay was tipped and the entrance at the back lane was blocked.Nothing arrived to drive by. [lucky me].I wheeled in barrows of clay for the next few hours.Help arrived and the day finished on a high note.Around 7.30 pm the remainder of the feeding was done.Polytunnell etc closed app 8pm to finish the day. 


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milkchurns milkchurns 25 July 2009 22:51:21

good going john.i bet you will sleep well tonight.


kitty kitty 25 July 2009 23:14:40

you were definatley busy, by the way thank you for the advice on the carrots, we did manure them just prior to sowing them. so that could be the reason. this veg thing is all new to me. all the stalks on the onions have fallen. can i pick them what do i do next?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 July 2009 23:30:22

That is for sure Paul.Im jacked this minute.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 July 2009 23:48:24

You are welcome Kitty.You can say that root crops like those carrots along with beetroot,parsnip,etc are all in the one boat.You will be well in on the scene of veg in no time.When the stalks on the onions have fallen.The stalks need to be left for about 2 weeks.Then carefully lift with the fork.Make sure the day is dry.Spread the onions around on trays.Take them inside if it is wet.If it is sunny they will be fine on the trays.A couple of weeks [2 to 3 weeks should do the job.]The bigger the onion the longer it will take.I hope that will help you some of the way.


Rachel Rachel 25 July 2009 23:50:56

Well, better 2 hours early than late. Maybe...


rita d rita d 26 July 2009 07:02:24

love the new profile picture John. Must have been taken before all that work with the wheelbarrow as you look so dapper..


Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 July 2009 09:27:41

I fully agree Rachel.The early bird catches the early worm.I opened up in the garden just before 8 am this morning and had a glimse at the heap of clay.Muck,muck and even more muck.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 July 2009 09:36:43

Thanks Rita, Yes,the picture was taken the previous evening but i only finished the downloading of it late yesterday evening.My picture work is a little under the 'weather'.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 26 July 2009 21:08:19

you must be wrecked after that but sounds like you are making steady progress.


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