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DeclanTipp's Journal

DeclanTipp's Journal April 2017

Last Post 205 days 9 hours ago

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 ...

 

Today

19 April 2017 21:00:29

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I think lots of plants are showing much stronger this year based on my own humble observations. Definitely the Delphiniums are much better as are the Hostas and Lilies. Of course a severe frost could upset things yet . 

The foundation for the greenhouse is now setting and delivery is on the 27 th April I was told today when I phoned Galway . No going back now . I've left the inside garden base and hope to grow in it. 

 

Foundation

13 April 2017 22:39:45

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Isn't the first step always the most difficult ? The foundation for my polycarbonate greenhouse now marked and laid out . I've decided to put it close to the veg garden and a little across from my bee hives . Will it become a " man cave " I wonder ! The trim comes in three colours , slate blue , green and grey . I leaning towards the blue . This site gets full sun and has no overlooking trees . 

My second colony of bees arrived Sunday night so that took me two days to settle them into the permanent hive . They were, to say the least a little upset at the move by alls well now and are working away . Cold weather meant a little feeding of them until they get established . 

Gardening wise some potting on and cuttings taken from Delphiniums thanks to Monty and his wisdom on Gardiner's World .   The potting table needs some attention fast . Happy Easter to all ..

Decision made

07 April 2017 21:09:56

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Well I've decided to go ahead with the Greenhouse steeltech polycarbon version . I've marked out the frame on the inner lawn for digging out and concrete from the template provided. Unfortunaty tomorrow is a full indoor beginners bee keeping course day 1 so while you all are revelling in gardens and sunshine I expect to be in class !!

oh well 

yesterday was a fishing trip and today was fish pie ... not a lot of gardening but the grass got cut 

Decision time on greenhouse

04 April 2017 14:13:18

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On the way home from Waterford I dropped into the Steeltech displays in Ck On Suir . The 3m by 3m greenhouse looks fine and seems solid. Anyone got one or experience of them before I take the plunge ? 

J. Pieris

03 April 2017 22:56:02

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Mine must remain in containers due to soil alkalinity but I love the burgundy colours now showing 

Flower ID

01 April 2017 22:29:02
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Ive misplaced the labels from these chapp which I had in the grow house all winter . Iam thinking Amaranthus but maybe someone can recognise it ? 

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