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The vegetable bed food 2010.

18 January 2010 19:31:14
Home made compost.

Home made compost.

Nature has felt enough of the gardeners were troubled for a while with poor weather so today we were sent another almost spring day.Just before 7 am i managed to spend an hour in the vegetable garden,so started to move out this years compost to the legumes beds.By just after 8am i had managed to drop off app 6 wheelbarrow loads to the area needed.At lunchtime the final few were dropped in place for that area in about 20 minutes.The two remaining rows of legume tubs will be done tomorrow evening as early as possible.It was good to get a start on the compost feeding plans.For the last hour or so i started in the garden shed to put a small piece of fresh tinfoil on top of the small bamboo canes,to use for eye protection,especially when bending down to weed around those beds.


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unagrant unagrant 18 January 2010 19:51:33

That looks like really good homemade compost. It's great to see a sunny day, it gives us some hope.


chilipepper chilipepper 18 January 2010 20:05:40

Great compost John, well done, i put used corks from wine bottles on the top of my canes for eye protection, also handy for draping nets over the canes for veg protection!


Jacinta Jacinta 18 January 2010 20:18:16

Chili, I use the empty shells of the snails for cane-toppers. The snail disintegrates with the slug pellets, leaving the shells empty. And it looks funny too. Ha ha. Hopefully the snails won't have the last laugh.


fran m fran m 18 January 2010 20:19:24

The early bird etc etc well done John.


Clara Clara 18 January 2010 20:24:59

Well done John you are going to have great vegs as usual


Jacinta Jacinta 18 January 2010 20:49:12

Compost looks so rich, John. Good on you.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 18 January 2010 21:18:02

That compost looks good enough to eat! Do you work with floodlighting? You are out there very early and late! But great to get a start made!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 January 2010 14:39:24

mmm that looks good John maybe next year I'll have some of my own compost?? Got Tomato Alicante by the way still on the lookout for Feltham First Peas but hopefully this week but I am way behind you on planting, by the way I was looking for a heavy cropping (but nice tasting) potatoe variety for my heavy clay any ideas??


Johnplotman Johnplotman 19 January 2010 18:54:42

Thank you all.

Bill,good luck with all the tomato,peas,and potato sowing and planting.Hope you get the peas sorted out.Here i also have heavy clay soil.The ridges for the potatoes get either of our old friends the manure or compost..You have a choice between Duke Of York for earlies,British Queens for second crop, and the main crop here i use Roosters.I also scatter some lawn mowings thinly in and around the potato drills.This will help again the potato scab fungus.Both potato scab and heave clay soil seem to match well.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 January 2010 22:59:39

Thanks John for that might come back to you nearer planting for more tips :-)


Mairin Mairin 20 January 2010 18:02:35

Lovely looking compost you have there.  It does the heart good to have that "free" compost ready for use. 


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 January 2010 19:06:17

Your welcome Bill.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 January 2010 19:09:36

Thanks Mairin.When its free into the bargain,it sure does do the heart good


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