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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Started some more seeds.

09 March 2010 10:03:49
A little setback with plans.

A little setback with plans.

Took a slow walk down the garden around 8 am to do some temperature readings in both tunnel and greenhouse.Up to -6 in the tunnel then and now +2 so picking up well.In for another fine day.

Last night for a short while i started some more Cauli,All The Year Round, Sweet Corn,Incredible F1. Lettuce,Salad Bowl [Purple] in modules..

No plans for today just reading and looking through some notes of years gone by in the garden.


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Cloncaw Cloncaw 09 March 2010 10:17:15

It's a day for indoors here as freezing fog is well and truely down not looking hopeful for outdoor work.


Hoeys Hoeys 09 March 2010 11:45:38

hi John, do you think its ok to saw sweet corn in the pollytunnel or is it too cold??


Johnplotman Johnplotman 09 March 2010 13:32:25

They can be started there in pots or modules,Hoey.The important bit to remember is with this type of weather.Fine during the day,but if left uncovered and frost get them,this will wipe out the little Sweet Corn [Zea mays] seedlings.Cover them at night.If to transplant them outdoor to the veg garden,do this in late spring when the soil temp,touches about 12 deg.


Hoeys Hoeys 09 March 2010 14:09:41

thanks John for advice. i have never grew sweet corns so were not sure. great another sowing tomorrow,


fran m fran m 09 March 2010 20:33:01

Good on you John, not easy for you I'm sure, but a wise man will look after himself.


yeats yeats 09 March 2010 22:29:35

great to see your getting a little done, john, i would'nt like to hang around the tunnel to long at, (-6).


Johnplotman Johnplotman 10 March 2010 09:42:11

Thank you all.

About the S-Corn Hoey,one little point to remember i noticed was when checking the cobs to see if they are fully developed when grown is not to open to many.To check on them go for a size that looks developed well.When you pull back the sheath and squeeze a couple of grains between fingernail and thumb,the important bit to remember is that if watery liquid squirts out of the cob it is not right.If creamy it is just right for eating.If left to long the cream will be thick and this will mean they have been left to long to gather.The likes of earwigs will pay a visit at the first chance.Stay with certain cobbs you will remember and the others wont be opened to invite them.Another little point to remember is that the silks at the top of each cob will be choclate brown also when ripe.


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