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06 December 2009 20:20:36
Washing time again.

Washing time again.

Cold and dry today but just after lunch i managed to spend a few hours doing some garden work.With the help of the basin and a bath i managed to take in some pots to give them some needed cleaning down.After that i dried them all and left them in place out in the garden shed and ready for use when the time comes.I looked back on some of the jobs done earlier in the week and hope to spend tomorrow evening for a while out in the greenhouse to give the fish tanks one last clean down and ready for the off.I have not got a rundown on the weather for the coming week until later.


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Jacinta Jacinta 06 December 2009 20:36:49

John, did you not wash like a 'zillion' pots only the other day? I see you are still re-using, the toothbrush. Great. I use my used toothbrushes for scrubbing around the taps where it is difficult to get a potscrub or cloth. Works a treat.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 December 2009 20:57:04

I did Jacinta,but the pots done today were all that size.Helps to keep them together.The toothbrush is handy where only the smallest garden pests will hide,thinking they escaped such as the corners from under the tunnel table etc.


fran m fran m 06 December 2009 21:04:39

John, you really do look at every thing from beyond the box. Something else for me to remember in the future.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 December 2009 21:30:02

Fran,just trying to think ahead.Every time i lift a flower pot in the greenhoouse or wherever before filling with compost i always look underneath first off.Nip them in their tracks before they feast and cause you more trouble.


Myrtle Myrtle 06 December 2009 21:35:56

The old tooth brushes come in handy for many cleaning jobs, like Jacinta I use mine round the taps and also to clean in the grouting, a bit of domestos in the water helps to get rid of the mildew. I use an old washing up brush for the pots, I,m probably not nearly as fussy as you John, but at least I am now washing the pots!


MaryJoe MaryJoe 06 December 2009 22:03:34

Whats with the fish tanks in the green house?   have i missed something?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 December 2009 22:05:37

They also come in handy sometimes at the sowing of carrot seed Myrtle.Slightly damp the brush to pick up fine seeds like them from the seed packet.Gently brush the seeds that cling to it on to soil.You can see and control what is used.With them been dark they will stand out again the white bristles on the brush.Sounds like a lot more work with them but helps again thinning out to encourage carrot fly.Hope all goes to plan for you with the pot washing.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 December 2009 22:14:40

MaryJoe,they will be used as a sort of a propragator for some veg that will stand the frost.I have some clear plastic trays to leave over them.When they come on in the Spring,and outside touches maybe [just maybe] about 10 or 12 degrees then inside them will be about 15.Once the sun appears they will be like a greenhouse in a greenhouse.


MaryJoe MaryJoe 06 December 2009 22:26:10

And here was i  thinking you had some exotic fish over-wintering in your greenhouse!   Into koi myself but strictly outdoors


Johnplotman Johnplotman 06 December 2009 22:35:18

I wish i had MaryJoe.The water from them at every clean out would be a feast for the compost heap.I have some exotic,slugs,vine weevils,aphids,caterpillars,snails,etc over the year and they are so exotic that they always come back to me for a food harvest.


Mairin Mairin 06 December 2009 23:21:09

John, how did you manage to take that photo?  Never thought of a tooth brush for pots myself - around taps yes. 


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 06 December 2009 23:53:04

I use my old toothbrushes to clean the ornaments in the fish tank :O). I have a pile of old pots in the shed that will need to be cleaned before I use them again.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 December 2009 08:12:13

One of the visitors came in handy yesterday Mairin.Others saved from before.


Clara Clara 07 December 2009 08:32:06

Very busy man how many pots all together ??? or are there too many to count.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 07 December 2009 20:23:41

That is a six marker Clara.Sometime i will give a good clean up around the gathering tub area and you can guess from there.??


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