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February 2013 Blog Posts (40)

Seedling Success - To Sow or Not to Sow

The sun has got his hat on - hip hip hip hooray.  Well, for today anyway.  It probably won't last - but I'm hoping that a little warmth will help the broad beans and peas that I have sown in the greenhouse to start thinking about  growing.  There's no sign if it yet, but since I sowed them it has been pretty darn cold in there.  Still, there's no rush - the bed where I am going to plant them is in no fit state to plant anything - all will come to those who wait.…

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Added by elaine rickett on February 27, 2013 at 22:30 — 8 Comments

Let the Chitting Commence

IMG_0869 Well were off, yesterday saw the first action for the

new growing season, I went to my local garden centre and selected my seed

potatoes for the coming season, I am being a bit more conservative this year as

last year I conducted a trial into old heritage variety’s selecting 10 different

potatoes but the weather was not the best for it really…

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Added by Stacy Drury on February 27, 2013 at 10:25 — No Comments

My frist Purple Sprouting Broccoli

It was a big day this week down the plot, as I knew my purple sprouting Broccoli

would be ready to pick; I got a bit excited on the drive to the plot! Last year

my PSB was a disaster firstly I planted them far too close to each other, then

they were struck down by white fly LOTS of white fly and to crown it off the

didn’t produce any broccoli heads.

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Added by Stacy Drury on February 25, 2013 at 14:51 — No Comments

The planting plan for 2013

   

Today I have added the planting plan for 2013 I have tried to keep it simpleIMG_0267 this year and grow less varieties and this year I will only grow what I know will do well.

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Added by Stacy Drury on February 24, 2013 at 19:32 — No Comments

Asparagus Update

Asparagus spear

So far, so good. It appears that my asparagus gamble is paying off. Yesterday I decided to take a look inside the cloches I had placed on top of the asparagus crowns that I planted earlier on in the month, and I was pleasantly…
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Added by chocolatelikesnow on February 24, 2013 at 14:41 — No Comments

All Tucked Up!

Too cold to sow, wait another week....

Added by Damo on February 24, 2013 at 10:45 — No Comments

more new shoots

Late last summer I took some cuttings from gooseberry bushes, inserted them in sandy compost and then basically forgot about them, apart from sticking them in a corner of the greenhouse for the winter. Today I noticed that three of the four cuttings have fresh green shoots so it looks like they've taken.…

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Added by Colin Robinson on February 23, 2013 at 21:21 — No Comments

Spring, a time for sowing

This time of year we gardeners go a little crazy....

http://www.sowandso.com/spring-time-sowing/

Added by Laila Noort on February 22, 2013 at 10:54 — No Comments

Compost Heap: I'm so excited!

Compost Heap - I'm so excited!

Yes.  Excited!  I can't believe it myself.  Oh how my life has changed.  It used to be new shoes, or a new dress or even having my nails done.  But now ...... it's a compost heap, made by Erik.  This is it - the start of our new Kitchen Garden.  OK, it's a small start, and to most people not the most beautiful object to excite them, but to me it's the beginning.…

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Added by Angela Strid (Astrid on Website) on February 22, 2013 at 6:56 — 2 Comments

Do enjoy, oh and there is a pretty big rant in there too *blush* Click the link to make the jump click me :) Also I must just say a quick "Sorry" I have been super duper tardy with my membership.

Do enjoy, oh and there is a pretty big rant in there too *blush*

Click the link to make the jump

click me :)

Also I must just say a quick "Sorry" I have been super duper tardy with my membership.

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Added by Carrie Gault on February 21, 2013 at 17:39 — No Comments

The Last Cabbage

Hello, my name is Savoy and I am the last cabbage in the patch.

  I have had a hard life.

 Instead of enjoying the summer putting on plenty of growth in the sunshine I was rained on for weeks on end, then as autumn came I was frosted to a crisp and if that wasn't enough I found myself under a few inches of snow several times - it is tough being a cabbage.

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Added by elaine rickett on February 20, 2013 at 8:28 — 2 Comments

Compost Plot 58 Style......

I want to talk compost in this post, like most plot holders,IMG_0836 I make my own compost recycling all my waste materials from the plot, but I also compost at home, and have dome for a number of years now, but there is one big difference with what I do with my home compost.

When I clean out my chickens I add there waste. Chicken poop and…

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Added by Stacy Drury on February 19, 2013 at 8:48 — No Comments

Sowing Seeds

Mixed aubergine seeds
I finally got my aubergine seeds sown. Well, 3 of them anyway - there isn't going to be enough space in the greenhouse for anymore sadly. This is a shame as the seeds above are from a packet of mixed aubergine, so it will be interesting to see what appears (hopefully)...…
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Added by chocolatelikesnow on February 18, 2013 at 22:58 — No Comments

Choosing a Gardeners Life

http://www.sowandso.com/choosing-a-gardeners-life/

I have taken the plunge and quit my job to become a full time gardener and blogger. 

My life has come full circle. Read my article to know why....

Have you done the same? I would love to know!…

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Added by Laila Noort on February 18, 2013 at 7:29 — No Comments

Valentine Onions!!!

This week has been variable with sunshine at the start of the week and then snow and frost mid week and sunshine at the weekend. I also received a Valentine's gift from a fellow grower.  I must admit its the first time I've ever received onions on Valentines day.  Helen Vincent my very good fellow grower sent me 24 onions via the postal system.  I potted them up straight away and they are starting to settle in nicely.  If I manage to grow them half as good as last year…
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Added by John Martin on February 17, 2013 at 20:59 — 1 Comment

A new year, a new season

A new year a new season

Time to start planning for the season ahead

I am hoping to plan better to maximise my produce for eating and also try some new varieties

Added by Blicky on February 17, 2013 at 20:52 — No Comments

Hurrah - sun at last

I can't believe it - I spent all day in the garden - tidying, squaring things away, weeding, sowing broad beans and peas - being able to be outside in the fresh air doing what I love most - now I'm pooped - but it is a good feeling.

Added by elaine rickett on February 16, 2013 at 18:56 — 11 Comments

digging the dirt

After a covering of snow on Wednesday, the last two days have been almost wall-to-wall winter sunshine so lots to be getting on with. First job was to uncover the main compost heap. This is about eight feet by four by four and was covered with thick cardboard weighted down with more waste last autumn. All the loose stuff was scraped off the top to reveal all this gorgeous crumbly goodness. This, to me, is what compost should look like, not the sticky, smelly mess than some people…

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Added by Colin Robinson on February 15, 2013 at 21:50 — No Comments

The peppers, chillis, and basil on the kitchen windowsill are all up and growing. This week I sowed a pot of lettuce 'Lobjoits Green Cos' and put that alongside the peppers, etc. Don't usually sow le…

The peppers, chillis, and basil on the kitchen windowsill are all up and growing. This week I sowed a pot of lettuce 'Lobjoits Green Cos' and put that alongside the peppers, etc. Don't usually sow lettuce in the house, this is an attempt to get some earlier lettuce. Does anyone have any tips or varieties for early lettuce, please?

Have been a bit poorly this week, so have not been out and about much,  however, the beatiful spring like weather we've had here the last couple of days…

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Added by Trevor Alun Davies on February 15, 2013 at 18:09 — No Comments

Poundshop tomatoes

Mini pack included 50 seeds but only sown 6 and got 100% germination :-) not bad.

Added by kim bowers on February 14, 2013 at 15:16 — No Comments

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