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April 2012 Blog Posts (83)

Tulips

 

   I bought some reduced tulip bulbs last winter which i planted at the end of November. They were a bit of a gamble whether it was too late to plant them or if the bulbs were a bit past it. However as you can tell by the picture above the gamble paid off. I planted them in a row at the end of the bed that the tenders will be going into, so that the bed would be free till June. Perfect for my first attempt at growing cut flowers.

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Added by Crazii_C on April 30, 2012 at 21:12 — 3 Comments

Make hay while the sun shines

Well I'm not making hay exactly - but I thought I would take advantage of this brief spell of sunshine to try and plant out some seedlings that desperately need to go in the ground.   My first lot of direct sown beetroot, carrot and parsnip have never emerged so I planted some in pots as a back-up.  Even after all this rain, or because of all this rain the seeds still haven't appeared.  Time for action.  After I have planted them I think I will cover with fleece just in case we get another…

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Added by elaine rickett on April 30, 2012 at 13:28 — No Comments

    Decided to leave our sunflowers outside, that old saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" springs to mind, so if they make it through the battering the garden is taking at the moment th…

 

 

Decided to leave our sunflowers outside, that old saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" springs to mind, so if they make it through the battering the garden is taking at the moment they they will have earned their place in the garden. I'm not overly inclined to harvest and shell sunflower seeds (currently my thinking, may change in the future) and therefore refuse to get…

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Added by Maggie McLean on April 29, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

April Showers!

 

 Well this last week has been a right wash out! So much for the drought! The rain has stopped me from doing anything at the plot. Whenever i was about to venture up there the heavens opened. All I've managed to do is pot on my tomato plants and sow some more broad beans. My fingers are itching to get things planted out at the plot. Hopefully it'll stop raining long enough for me to get a bit done now that I've got three days off from work, fingers crossed! continued:…

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Added by Crazii_C on April 29, 2012 at 18:03 — 3 Comments

A vote ....

Hello Fellow Veg Gardeners !

I'm trying to decide what to grow next in my little garden so i have opened it up to a vote - visit my blog www.sammi457.com for my poll !

Help me pick what i am going to grow next !!

Thanks !!

Added by Sammi457 on April 27, 2012 at 20:01 — 4 Comments

Slugs

HELP! The slugs in my garden are eating everything in sight and I have lost almost half of my tomato plants and courgette plants so far does anyone have any suggestions to get rid of them without using chemicals? 

Added by Kay Morritt on April 27, 2012 at 13:52 — 6 Comments

Full to the brim

I now have 16 dustbins full of collected water at the allotment - can anyone beat that?

Added by elaine rickett on April 26, 2012 at 19:57 — 3 Comments

Soggy Potatoes

I am just wondering whether to cover over my potatoes which are planted in sacks - do you think this excessive rain will rot them?

Added by elaine rickett on April 26, 2012 at 15:51 — 6 Comments

Thank Heavens for the Hose Pipe Ban

Vietnam If we have much more rain this is what my allotment will end up like!

Added by elaine rickett on April 25, 2012 at 22:37 — 1 Comment

A Bit of Gardening Inspiration from http://www.backyardgardener.com/poem/index.html

The Gardener's Morning

The robin's song at daybreak

Is a clarion call to me.Get up and get out in the garden,

For the morning hours flee.



I cannot resist the summons,

What earnest gardener could?

For the golden hours of morning

Get into the gardener's blood.

The magic spell is upon me,

I'm glad that I did not wait;

For life's at its best in the morning,

As you pass through the garden gate.…

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Added by Sammi457 on April 25, 2012 at 22:31 — No Comments

My First Vegetable Patch - Part 1

Welcome to my new obsessive hobby for 2012- My Garden, I've dabbled in being green fingered before with not much success, mainly because gardening takes the patience of a saint and that's not really been my strong point, i am however so determined this year to get it right because i really do enjoy…

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Added by Sammi457 on April 25, 2012 at 21:32 — No Comments

Rain Rain Go Away

After a great day, weather-wise, yesterday - the heavens have opened and it is lashing down.  I have closed up the mini-greenhouse with all my precious transplants inside and have said a little prayer that it doesn't get blown over.  No gardening today folks!

Added by elaine rickett on April 25, 2012 at 11:01 — 4 Comments

Making Space in the Greenhouse

As anyone with a greenhouse knows, at this time of year the greenhouse is full to the brim with seedlings and plants waiting to be planted out.  Mine is no different.  But I am trying to make space so that I can pot on my tomatoes which are about a foot high and need more space.  Not an easy task.  Luckily, I have a mini greenhouse, so I have filled its shelves with all the transplanted brassicas and sweet peas etc. to give me a bit more room in the main greenhouse.  Let the tomato potting…

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Added by elaine rickett on April 24, 2012 at 15:18 — 2 Comments

The Socially Acceptable Kitchen Garden: Fruit & Veg Snobbery

Is our progressive hankering to grow the socially admirable, ‘remarkable’ produce, in fact detrimental to taste, where so dubbed ‘ordinary’ varieties, would have shined? Read article here...

Added by Petra Hoyer Millar on April 24, 2012 at 8:01 — 6 Comments

Outdoor Sowings

About a month ago I sowed a row of beetroot, carrots and parsnips - they still haven't germinated - anyone else see any signs of growth from their outdoor sowings?

Added by elaine rickett on April 23, 2012 at 22:11 — 5 Comments

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