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Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:36 am

Went into the greenhouse this morning and noticed the Beetroot in the cell trays are popping up....also the Broad Beans in pots are showing movement.....so thought the new bits and bobs should be started.

Please don't get on to me, if the weather turns awfull at the end of March.... :)
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Primrose » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:55 am

I think you're our unofficial weather forecaster OH. However I think your timing is about right as my tiny pond displayed two batches of frogspawn yesterday. No sign of any frogs though. They just appear to have done the deed and departed. That means the local heron will be on its early morning prowl again !
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby robo » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:33 am

Been in the pollytunnel this morning everything I've planted is doing ok ,sweet corn ,Leeks ,sweet Pease, and a number of different trays of flowers all showing through
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Monika » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:51 pm

Well, OH, the MetOffice considers 1 March the beginning of spring, so you are in good company.

Lots of signs of spring here: masses of developing frogspawn, the frogs themselves (we had about 12 in our small pond) are now leaving. Snowdrops, crocuses and hazel lambs' tails are over but the wild primroses, of which we have many, are a lovely sight as well as most of the daffodils, even pulmonaria are flowering. The blackbirds and robins are collecting nesting material. the house sparrows are actually nesting, the tits are inspecting boxes and mistle and song thrushes, chaffinches and great tits are singing.

If it doesn't get too cold this week, the heater will be switched in the greenhouse.
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Colin2016 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:07 pm

I am not falling for it...Last Wednesday (winter) was working in t-shirt and over 30 in green house, Today (spring) all wrapped up and edging to 16 in green house.

I think I will wait till official spring latter in the month (21st).
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby oldherbaceous » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:59 pm

That wind has a bit of a bite to it.....I had to roll my sleeves down.. :)
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Stephen » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:12 pm

After that lovely sunshine, it feels really cold at the moment.
I'm sure I ought to be outside working up a sweat!
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:36 pm

Hard frost this morning and 3 degrees as we drove back from the doctors, sat by the fire with my feet up, the Leeks are sprouting nicely in the propagator so some gardening is occurring(sort of).
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:09 pm

Got a few weeks of peace and quiet, wife and daughter are abroad in the antipodes.
Saturday was airport delivery day followed by a heaving rugby club where the 1st's stuffed Cambridge 24-6.
Sunday allotment Shop, dog walking and chores.
Monday a fifteen mile walk and got caught by a stupendously cold and windy half hour shower.
Today tidied up the greenhouse ready for seed sowing and dug the border over, incorporating used potting compost, pelleted chicken manure and some growmore. Also tidied the end of the garden path and relocated the stuff that had been dumped in the greenhouse while shed building last year, some to the refuse bin, some to be a bonfire and some to the allotment shed. Messy business shed building.

Hoping the allotment might be dry enough to do some more digging tomorrow. :? :wink:
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Westi » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:23 pm

Fine morning so I managed to dig what will be the spud bed, complete with annual bindweed root removal - blissful! No damage from the wind but I did have to retrieve a few pots & bits from around the plot. It would appear mice or birds have had everyone of my peas & broad beans, nil to be found in the soil so not a germination problem. Got a back up at home but will try direct again as well but will cover with mesh rather than netting. Still harvesting loads & finding the 2nd lot of tiny leaves around the kale stems really tender & tasty which will bulk out the winter salads perfectly. I even got home before it started to rain again - perfect day!
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Shallot Man » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:09 am

Started to clear out my dung heap. Noticed last years tea-bags are still in prime condition. made me wonder what the bags are made of. :?
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:25 am

Shallot Man wrote:Started to clear out my dung heap. Noticed last years tea-bags are still in prime condition. made me wonder what the bags are made of. :?


Plastic mesh.
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby alan refail » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:41 am

peter wrote:
Shallot Man wrote:Started to clear out my dung heap. Noticed last years tea-bags are still in prime condition. made me wonder what the bags are made of. :?


Plastic mesh.


My son and grandson are teaoholics and get through loads of PG Tips. I've never found any sign of the bags in the finished compost. What are they made of? Paper!
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:41 am

peter wrote:.....Hoping the allotment might be dry enough to do some more digging tomorrow. :? :wink:


Overnight rain! :roll:
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Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs.

Postby Colin2016 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:43 pm

I contacted Yorkshire tea after hearing of plastic in teabags at a composting lecture couple years back.

They replied that they use plastic to seal them but are working to use a different method in future, not sure of current situation.
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