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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Kitchen Garden Time

31 January 2010 18:44:20
Kitchen Garden 31/01

Kitchen Garden 31/01

Fantastic day although it was still very cold there was a skiff of snow this morning around 8 am but this cleared away by mid morning. I decided it was time to spend to do some work in the kitchen garden while lifting some leeks for soup. The soil had a frozen layer in a lot of places and any plants that had suffered in the freeze have now been removed in preparation for this years crop. I'm not sure that the over winter onions I planted in November are going to survive however the garlic planted at the same time looks as though it's okay. I had also planted rhubarb and from one root there is some growth, also had planted gooseberry bushes but I think they may not have survived but I have decided to leave them be at present. Hopefully this digging will allow the thrushes to remove slugs or snails and I had only finished when a robin landed and removed a big juicy worm.

Still a lot of work to do for this season, plans need to be made to weed or spray the paths between the raised beds and the vacant end, the hedge needs to be faced or tied in as it provides a break from the wind so lots of work to be done. Compost bins need to be set up and some kind of a shed for tools etc. and of course that polytunnel if I can swing it. There are also raspberries and gooseberry bushes that need moved from their temporary home there 3 seasons now but I plan to used this area for salads as it's adjacent to the house.

Few more photos up of the swans in our iced up pond and winter scenes of the area.


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luvleahday luvleahday 31 January 2010 18:50:26

well done...


J.D. J.D. 31 January 2010 19:05:15

Wow Cloncaw, that's a lot of work involved. I have to laugh though. Your kitchen garden is bigger than my KITCHEN. Ha ha. Lucky you.


Mairin Mairin 31 January 2010 19:56:23

You were busy.  Time flyes so not surprised the temporary home was longer than orginally expected. 


fran m fran m 31 January 2010 19:57:04

Getting well sorted there, best of luck.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 31 January 2010 20:28:45

With every day that passes now Cloncaw,the excitement is building.The moment we have all been waiting for.The time when sowing can begin in earnest,is almost upon us.Good luck with all the Kitchen Garden work.


Monkells Monkells 31 January 2010 20:37:41

Wish I had your motivation!! Just want to stay under the duvet till Spring arrives!!


Rachel Rachel 31 January 2010 21:07:15

That drop of sunshine makes your veg plot look so inviting.


Ivor Ivor 31 January 2010 22:48:45

Hi Cloncaw,  where did you find the motivation or even energ.  I must say I went along with a bit of a duvet day and then came down stairs and looked out at all the work to be done and then procrastinated for the rest of the day.  I'm annoyed with myself now...what a waste.   Cheers...


J.D. J.D. 31 January 2010 22:52:04

Ivor, we are all guilty of procrastinating when there is work to be done. Don't be feeling guilty over it. We have to re-charge the batteries SOMETIME.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 01 February 2010 10:26:42

That is a great job done and looks wonderful! You are an inspiration - garden here I come!


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