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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Jobs on root crop bed 1.

14 December 2009 19:34:03
Root crop bed.

Root crop bed.

Another cold day we have had with a fairly sharp frost.As soon as possible this morning i had my usual fast walk though the vegetable section to check in the tunnel that will supply next years root crops.I managed to work there from 2 pm today.The first bed had any light weeds removed and some new clay added to top up the bed.As roots are light feeders and do best on soil that was manured the previous season then no manure was added to that area.General purpose fertilizer will be raked in around 2-3 weeks before planting the crop.Just before 5 pm that section was complete and ready for the 2010 crop when needed.Some more beds there to have similar at a later stage.Notes will be checked upon later for the next move in that area of the garden.


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Jacinta Jacinta 14 December 2009 19:41:59

John you couldnt possibly eat all that you grow. Do you have a market for these crops?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 December 2009 20:06:40

I dont Jacinta.By the time some herbs and flowers like marigolds are added in the companion planting plan,space gets short.


fran m fran m 14 December 2009 20:08:01

Do you stop for christmas day John?


Jacinta Jacinta 14 December 2009 20:08:44

Only for Christmas dinner.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 December 2009 20:26:45

Fran im half thinking and wishing for Christmas day that  some of the presents will be of seed and maybe some vegetable books.If things turn out like that then Santy will have left me plenty of garden work for that day through having a read over them.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 December 2009 20:34:54

Christmas dinner will have a special treat on that day Jacinta.Some new potatoes.[hopefully] Even if they are only the size of a golf ball or near hand it will be a great dinner.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 14 December 2009 22:58:08

John I'm always amazed I dug over my veg beds and manured them two weeks ago and I dont think I've seen them since!! Just a quick question with a cold greenhouse how early could I start planting peas and tomatoes??


Johnplotman Johnplotman 15 December 2009 18:15:10

Bill,the cold greenhouse take tomatoes aroung mid February.[Alicante] The peas done in early spring in a cold greenhouse.Plant outdoors in around mid to late spring.Use cloches with the [Feltham First] 


HeadGardener HeadGardener 15 December 2009 23:18:53

Thanks John for that, read your comment on my journal John what tips would you need for veg growing?? sure are you not the resident expert here? :-)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 December 2009 23:02:19

Your welcome Bill.I always watch out for any tips on veg.No matter if i may know something about veg already i always listen for other tips and different ways out of a problem.I mentioned to another journal earlier this month about what an 92 year old gardener that knew everything about the place said to me [Young man im still learning at my age.]


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