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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Growing vegetables.

23 November 2009 21:03:15
Time to look ahead.

Time to look ahead.

Earlier this evening i managed to dig the soil in another one of the beds in the vegetable garden.The day has held up well.Touches of an odd slight bit of sunshine with a few light showers.I dig most of the vegetable garden in late autumn and early winter.The frost makes the soil more crumbly and workable for seed sowing in the spring.Finally i firmed down the surface of the bed i was digging at,and leveled it off with a rake.I hope to spend some time working on the floor in the seed room later on.No plans for tomorrow evening,but hope to start putting notes together,from during the year in the vegetable garden.


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Myrtle Myrtle 23 November 2009 21:12:50

John I'm not a veg grower but when you mentioned frost being good for the soil, is there new thinking on that now? Or where did I pick up that idea?


fran m fran m 23 November 2009 21:15:36

John, a question for you, would you not be better off digging the soil over and leave it to allow the frost work on the unraked and rough ground. Just thinking out loud here and still waring L plates.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 23 November 2009 21:28:40

Myrtle,what frost does to the soil is to break it up.Another thing about it is that a fresh supply of the baddies in the ground from,slugs to wireworms etc will all be a taste for the birds when food is short.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 23 November 2009 21:46:08

You are not to far wrong Fran.If the ground is new or needs turning over then that is what would happen.Here the beds are all raised and never stood on so seldom interfered with apart from the light shake up which is done at digging.Raised beds are not to fond of being dug up only a light digging to supply our bird friends.


fran m fran m 23 November 2009 21:53:15

Ahh, makes perfect sense John, thanks for that.


milkchurns milkchurns 23 November 2009 22:04:49

good man john. always full of knowledge.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 November 2009 22:35:59

John you must be blessed as I have'nt gotten the chance to dig my beds over and manure a few, I'm looking at the weeds growing bigger daily :-) Well done


Rachel Rachel 23 November 2009 23:47:52

One step ahead of the game as usual : )


J.D. J.D. 24 November 2009 07:19:38

The only way I would have a proper veggie bed is to get an allotment. I really envy Chilipepper with his newly-acquired allotment. He is going to be so busy next summer. But I know himself and Madeline are really going to use EVERY INCH of space they will have available to them.

You seem to have everything sussed out John. As Rachel says, you are one step ahead, as usual. Good on you.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 24 November 2009 22:49:44

Thank you all.


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