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by Clive.
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

Here's a further photo of cultivating progress, as of today. Still loads to do...look in the foreground..that patch of buttercup is still there.!!

C.
by Clive.
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

I was in to work 7:35am and likewise very quiet. Traffic almost nil...petrol station was open but no custom, only a single central line of pumps and every regular day a long queue. Cats at work fed and medicated, greenhouses ventilated and back home to hand weed through raspberry rows. Just done lun...
by Clive.
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

7 C over here in the East....but the really important bit is that we've had dry for a good few days, at last. Dry roads several mornings now when going into work early. The local river is running clear again and at normal level, its been up and soil brown for seemingly months...and the Beet lifter w...
by Clive.
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

My father used to plant 60 new Tamella strawberries in a new bed each year. The variety fruits massively and early too in their first year so back then they never got a chance to be mown or sheared, they were just replaced with new plants each year, equally unconventional and a lot of work but it ga...
by Clive.
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

I've progressed a strip 8' x 21' across the garden today. I found the old nursery line of Tamella strawberries and have trimmed them back and retained them, lightly cultivating immediately around them. They are well past their best but it gives a chance to bounce back....the rest have been scraped o...
by Clive.
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

I'm progressing slowly up the garden westwards towards the house digging a 5' strip across at a time. Spent some time hand weeding each side of the raspberry and loganberry outer rows so could then work up to along side them but will have to return to clean up the inner and middle rows. Now though I...
by Clive.
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

The post van must have been weighed down this morning.... Catalogues arrived from DT Brown, DeJager, Mr Fothergill, The Greenhouse People, and KG magazine...

C.
by Clive.
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

Looking South from the slab path there's some progress. :)
...but turn around and it's not looking so good :(

C.
by Clive.
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

Yes, the wet is back here again too. :( I was making some progress but my knees suggest it is definitely heavier going than our ground should be. Yesterday afternoon I pruned back the "snowball tree", that was heading out over our southern fence line, chopped up and in the green bin, only ...
by Clive.
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

At work on the heavier ground it has been no go whilst at home it's green sand at 2' 6" down so trying to get on. The field behind us was worked down but can't decide if they got it sown. There is a bit of a green haze in the distance over the hill top but not sure if that is crop emerging or j...
by Clive.
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

Christmas week digging has commenced :)
Rather more seedling weed being deeply buried than we would normally associate with the garden at hone here... and only workable just, due to the underlying sandy nature of our ground.

Seasons greetings,
Clive.
by Clive.
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 108
Views: 3141

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs.

It's good to be back on the ground once more, on the drier side of England ? where last month it seemed to rain everyday...even with a 5% predicted chance of rain it tended to pour down. I have had "my" spade running the last two days now. Open ground digging in the morning and then diggin...
by Clive.
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 122
Views: 5270

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

15th Nov 1976, it says https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4k3y20uW-U I think what they did was select from each tele region in inviting to appear on the show that day. Ours was second shortest chain and we walked on second behind Peter Purves hauling the string right past a camera and across the studi...
by Clive.
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 122
Views: 5270

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs.

I'm sure I have recounted it before...but back in the day my brother and I strung all the conkers we could find locally onto all the string we could find in the house and made a conker chain....in response to a Blue Peter quest. Then clever me wrote a letter to the Blue Peter editor...and hey presto...
by Clive.
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 133
Views: 5861

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Meanwhile on the drier side of the country we had that 6.5 inches in a week about a month ago and then the night before last an inch from a very localised thundertorm. Actually we were dry up until the week of the June deluge such that the maincrop potatoes had about come to a stop and wanted a drop...

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