THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

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THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:42 pm

I have had one of my worst results in the fields this year, all my parsnips failed due to a very dry early spring and I planted good healthy leeks that now vitually all have been devastated by the evil leek moth. I have now got nothing growing for the winter but this afternoon I managed to plant some of my Broad Beans. Rain came and went but threatened all afternoon but when I finished sudenly the late afternoon sun shone, so I hope it was a good omen.
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Monika » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:04 pm

Good luck with the broad beans! You deserve it.
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Marigold » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:33 pm

The quotation in full states that the sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous alike.. and the rain falls on the righteous and unrighteous alike...

That field is a grand sight ....Bravo!
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:40 pm

Thanks for correction Marigold, at least he is not selective and doesn't discriminate between us mortals when it is raining or sunshining.

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby peter » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:26 pm

Will you leave it "as ploughed" over winter Barney?

Round here in Hertfordshire blink and you miss the bare soil, post harvest its one to three cultivating passes and a seeding, stuff up and the field green again in a few weeks.
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Nature's Babe » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:32 pm

I like the full quote :) Having said that we have been very fortunate here, mum is very poorly and I have had anything from two to four lines of washing daily, I like the washing to blow in the fresh air , so far it has been sunny every day and only rained at night.
In one of my mulched beds there are two self seeded broad beans which I must have dumped on the compost heap and they are just coming into flower ! So good luck with your broad beans.
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:59 am

Hi Nature's Babe

Sorry to hear that your mother is not well. I've got another sowing to do soon thanks for the good wishes.

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:11 am

peter wrote:Will you leave it "as ploughed" over winter Barney?

Round here in Hertfordshire blink and you miss the bare soil, post harvest its one to three cultivating passes and a seeding, stuff up and the field green again in a few weeks.


Hi Peter

No the beans are planted in the photographs, it is the tradition in Somerset to plant as soon after Bridgwater Fair (last Wednesday in September) as possible, they are planted using a Ferguson Potato planter and grown ridged up. Idealy I would compact them with a roller because they can suffer from crows etc picking them out but I will leave them as my rollers are miles away.

FERGUSON POTATO PLANTER (WITH HOPPER AND THE TWO PEASANTS REMOVED!)

The peasants (wife and son) just dribble the seeds down the potato planter's shoots and keep moaning that the seats are too hard. The planter used to have a bell that rang for timing the potato/beans spacings, but now it is just drop and hope.

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby oldherbaceous » Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:44 pm

Brilliant Barney, :lol:

I will be posting the peasants a Health and saftey Leaflet, though. :wink:

Brings back many happy memories, and nice to see someone still prepared to scratch a living the hard way.
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:55 pm

Hi Old Herbaceous

Thanks for your kind words, but I must confess that this is only a lifestyle choice, our main income comes from Engineering not Market Gardening, thank goodness, we would have been broke years ago. My younger son rents rooms in his house to some Agricultural Students from Sri Lanka and I often visit them for advice on the latest methods and in return I offer to demonstrate to them how things should not be done.

Now that a new housing estate has been built beside some of our fields we have received some mutterings from the young mums as they walk along the footpaths with their children watching us struggle in the fields - me sat on a tractor, my oldest son sat on the trailer and my wife, son's girlfriend and four Sri Lankan girls struggling to heave the full potato sacks up on the trailer!

It was the same when haymaking, we had the girls pitching the bales (since women are not strong enough to drive a tractor are they)? Some adverse comments were made, but only from the young women - the older (true) village girls knew that field work was always womens work and the technical stuff like tractor driving and stacking on the hay trailer was best left to the men.

Any case, the girls seems happy enough now I'm taking them shopping

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby peter » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:54 pm

Sinhalese or Tamil?

My colleague is Sinhalese and would be driving the tractor whilst telling you to hurry up with loading the bales, fiesty doesn't start to describe her. :twisted:
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Shallot Man » Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:56 pm

Cider Boys. You shore know how to spoil the girls. :wink:
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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Cider Boys » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:15 pm

I did not mean to re post this old post, I was looking for when I last planted any broad beans and hit the 'bump' key by mistake. Can anyone unbump it for me.

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby Catherine » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:32 pm

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Re: THE SUN SHINES ON THE RIGHTEOUS

Postby peter » Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:40 am

No and as you and others have replied to it now it will stay here longer.

Ignore it and it will go away. :twisted:
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