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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Jobs in the vegetable area today.

07 November 2009 21:29:51
Cabbage [January king] through winter.

Cabbage [January king] through winter.

Today started both cold and wet.I walked through the vegetable garden for a quick look around 8.30 am and did not manage to do much more there until after 11.[Garden charts to write up] So the first thing attacked then on returning was to do the remainder of the weeding in the tunnell before heading to give compost bin 2 a quick shake up as planed.After that i headed to the area where the legumes [peas and beans] will be planted in 2010 to prepare the beds for digging down to app 30 cm wide by 30 cm deep and  hope to get done at some stage during the week.In this area i will enter a layer of kitches scraps,skins etc along with some of the tough stalks unable to be thrown in the other compost areas because to tough but will break them up as much as possible to go there.Old flower pot compost will also be entered provided they have no sign off damage of any kind.On top of that layer i will leave some clay before doing the same again until well up.When all is finished things will gradually sink a little and this will leave the job easier for watering during the dry spells in the summer.[If we ever get one that is]Plans for another area will be to also add a special compost heap which will only be made up of most of the weeds and not another thing added but themselves,all done before they run to seed,and when all weeding is complete the bin will be covered up and left for app 1 to 2 years until ready to be used as good food for the ground all done organically.    


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fran m fran m 07 November 2009 21:39:44

Fingers crossed for some decent dry spells next year.


J.D. J.D. 07 November 2009 21:44:10

Fran, thats a bit much looking for dry weather next YEAR. How about NEXT WEEK, for now. Nice one John. You didnt hang about today.


Myrtle Myrtle 07 November 2009 21:57:10

Lovely looking cabbage, and no slug holes!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 07 November 2009 23:34:15

So organised you've definitely got the knack of how to have everything right in plenty of time for next year, no shortcuts taken there.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 08 November 2009 12:14:00

Thanks everyone.

Myrtle,the slugs may feel they have me tortured enough and wont feast anymore for a few hours while they attack some other persons garden.With a slug having up on 27.000 tiny white teeth-like protrusions they wont forget me.


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