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Deckyoshea's Journal

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Zinnia's

26 June 2017 00:04:43

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I think the Yellow is my favourite . These are from last years seed sowing and the crop from current year are budding out nicely now 

Hot hot hot

16 June 2017 23:16:51

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Its going to be a scorcher this week end. How do I keep the greenhouse from melting . Even with door and vent open it reaches over 35 degrees ... I'll need a sprinkler system in there . Still the Tomatoes are thriving . 

I ve been busy bee keeping and last Monday week my hive number doubled from 2 to 4 .It's really bee weather now and hives will swarm given half a chance . I lost bees from 1 hive in May but a new Queen has hatched and begun the cycle again . gardening had to take a back burner for a few days but Iam catching up now with loads to plant out or pot on. 

I see there are IT issues with the sight and some unhappy members . Pity IT can't or won't do a fixit !! Maybe the personnel are not there any longer ? I hope we don't lose you and your knowledge . 

PS: My photos are probably either not going to upload or will be sideways  

Grow your own Tomato Cuttings

12 June 2017 18:50:33

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When removing the lateral shoots from tomato plants I heard that these can be used to grow plants . Simply place in water and allow roots to develop before potting up. I've never tried this before . Has Dick I wonder ?? 

I remember planting these bulbs last Autumn but the names escape me ?  

Bees and plant swops

30 May 2017 22:55:53

What Rain

27 May 2017 17:34:11

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Todays rain was the ideal opportunity for some Potting on or is it potting up ? I appear to have overdosed on Cosmos even if they are different varieties . I still have two trays to do not to mention a tray of Stock also ..The New Dahlias from seed are showing well . 

The greenhouse was pleasant today at 17-18 degrees but yesterday's 35 degrees was too hot . Maybe I'll try Bananas next . Tomatoes starting to flower and they relish the heat at least . 4 different varieties. I never knew you could propagate Tomatoes from a strong side shoot by rooting it in a glass of water !!! 

I have Aubergines indoors and they will get a greenhouse bed when large enough .  Cucumbers are already in place as are some peas as an indoor experiment . 

Splashes

25 May 2017 23:28:07

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Sometimes the neglected beds just do their thing . A nice cottage garden effect with Geum , Lupin , Astilbe , Kniftophia, Allium and others . The row of Mrs Bradshaw Geum just get on with it also 

Bloom Question

17 May 2017 22:44:08

Plant ID

16 May 2017 22:18:43
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Plant ID

Took some cuttings from this little beauty this evening from my late Mums border . Tall flower st held high above the plant clump . I'd like to namen the cuttings in case they root . 

Figs n Wellies

14 May 2017 22:46:21

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26 Figs showing already so the move from a container to a permanent location must have suited. 

The wellies are also showing nice Dahlias even if my dog did drag one about the lawn for a walk yesterday. 

Iam enjoying the green house and it does add to ones alternatives  

Bagged

06 May 2017 15:42:27
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I wasn't too far off with my calculations . 14 bags of compost and 1 bucket of chicken manure gone into the greenhouse beds . The six left over won't go to waste either . 

Six trays of seed also planted up , Four Cosmos of different colour, one of Stock and some Peppers . 

Overboarding with compost

06 May 2017 13:07:38
Overboarding with compost

Overboarding with compost

No, not a new gardening technique but my trip to the local co op and Aldi this morning . The car boot contains 8 bags of their 40 ltr compost and I bought 12 bags of 75 ltr in the co op . Well bought eight and four " free " . 

I mau have over estimated the required amount  sure it won't go off ! On a sad note our  Bord na Mona plant at Littleton is to close after over 60 years in production . 70 full time and 50 seasonal jobs gone . Huge blow to the local rural villages and county Tipperary in General.  

Now time to get composting . It's great to have a greenhouse to keep the chill off while outdoors I've just discovered .... 

Progress today

04 May 2017 21:43:19

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got a few hours this evening so managed to get the timber home and cut to size . I left just enough space to get at the shelving . Now all I need is about twenty bags of compost . A friend said that Aldi Compost is cheap but cheap is not always best ? The Aldi bags are small too I think . 

I have the tomatoes ready and cucumber sprouting so these two will be first . I wonder what else would like a new bed . Any ideas friends ? 

Shelved by Aldi

29 April 2017 21:19:58

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Never throw anything out . The " spare " aldi greenhouse shelving with a little head scratching has made a nice end wall to wall shelving unit . Thats the floor space cleared .

Forgive me

28 April 2017 14:25:58

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for acting like a spoilt child but thats how I felt when the greenhouse was assembled yesterday . My diy foundations were spot on and greenho is securely bolted into the concrete . The Tuam boys ( all foreigners ) were very efficient and professional and work hard too. Left my site at 330 and heading to North Tipp to erect another garden shed before returning to base in Tuam . 

Ive moved a few bits n bobs into it but must make a plan now . Think I will use the spare Aldi shelving on one side and use the other for growing in . Now I suppose lawn paths are called for ? Tomatoes will be a priority though . 

Monty and Gardeners world

26 April 2017 19:29:53

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I love when Monty says " be sure to give it a good soak " Well yesterday I planted up the Summer boxes and containers and then with the frost forecasted had to lug them all in and out again this morning .

Speaking of Monty does he have help as you never see anyone else about his gardens and surely he cannot do it all himself even if the two retrievers help with fetching ? 

interesting piece on a "no dig " method of planting . Iam going to try this in the greenhouse which is being assembled on site tomorrow . I've decided to leave the earthen floor and will put in two side frames using the no dig method and add compost over the grass . It could save lots of work if it works . Apparently too much digging is bad for the soil as it breaks up the structure. 

Hope the weather picks up again as Ive began feeding my new bee colony so that they can build up during the cold snap . Last years hive looks strong and hopefully honey in July . I noticed the bees busy drinking from a watered pot plant this morning so have now placed drinkers for them but away from the house !

These young gladioli Ive grown from rescued baby bulbs and I suppose it's best to put them on ? A little small to be planting in the borders yet ...

 

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