2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

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2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby peter » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:39 pm

As most of us have planted our potatoes I reckon it's now firmly Spring.

Been clearing the Jasminum nudiflorum off the southern gable end of the greenhouse, decided to dig it up as well. It's been growing in the channels of the aluminium verticals and behind the glazing clips, covering the entire end.
Today I finished the removal and found the trellis panel put in for child safety was beyond redemption. Visible in the background beyond black shed.
As our younger dog likes to stand against the back door to look through I fear she'll do the same with horticultural glazing. So I built a new guard with mostly pallet planks.
Got a bit cunning at the corner with some sheep wire, drilled little holes in the upright, poked the cut wire ends through and turned them 90° with the pliers.

Fairly pleased with the result, much brighter in there.
Finished by setting up a potato tub!

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Monika » Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:43 pm

Thank you for setting up the new thread, Peter. I was wondering about the "early spring" bit when the temperatures are going over 20C ....
Another dry and sunny day today but we did have a short and sharp shower overnight (4mm) which freshened things up for the morning. The birds and hedgehogs will have appreciated it greatly, as well as the humans.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:05 pm

Peter, did you lock the last Bits and Bobs on purpose, as I was interested if any other foods can trigger arthritus off.

Thank you for the reply, Retropants and very interesting...I will have to see if Tomatoes do trigger it off.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby tigerburnie » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:53 pm

We still have snow on the lower hills, the suns been out but the wind is bitter, still very much early spring up here.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Stephen » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:25 pm

Snow still lying! Such a difference to here in the Chilterns.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby retropants » Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:25 pm

Super duper hot here today, and no breeze. I cycled over to a 'elderly' friend in the next town to say hello, he lives in a first floor flat on his own, so I parked my my bike on the bridge outside his window and called him! He was very surprised.
I managed to forage for some teeny bags of compost at the hardware shop, took them home on the back of my bike. At least I have now potted on my tomatoes & peppers, even if I can't do much else unless the local garden centre comes through with my delivery of jacks magic.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby peter » Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:54 pm

As regards foods causing problems, I had a single large kidney stone lasered a few years ago and the list of food to minimise is surprisingly large!
One favourite was cranberries or cranberry juice. :(

I used when younger to consume a fair amount of milk, just cannot nowadays as it triggers my IBS. :( :(
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Clive. » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:27 am

Wandering down the back garden here this morning..and after a 5 minute sharp shower of rain yesterday evening I'm sure the Early Onward peas have grown, :) and the Radeo is lifting towards the wire cover too.

The corn is up in the back field too...

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Geoff » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:26 am

Happy Easter everybody. I hope you can find a way to enjoy a break that isn't really a break. Everybody is either on permanent break or permanent work if they are key workers so not a holiday for anybody. At least we can enjoy the weather and get out plotting.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:58 am

peter wrote:As regards foods causing problems, I had a single large kidney stone lasered a few years ago and the list of food to minimise is surprisingly large!
One favourite was cranberries or cranberry juice. :(

I used when younger to consume a fair amount of milk, just cannot nowadays as it triggers my IBS. :( :(

I too had kidney stones, seems mine might have been caused by Derbyshires mineral water, so that's off my list, have you tried lacto free milk, my and SWMBO have far less digestive problems since switching to that.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Colin2016 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:19 pm

Cracking weekend allowed me to finish netting tunnel at last.

Got home and neighbour had 200 litre water butt free to a good home, so thinking of putting it on frame for watering inside.

On a side note seems honey bees like the inside as had to rescue a dozen of so before I shut it up.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Westi » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:58 pm

Colin that looks great!

We had another sunny but slightly cooler day today & I managed to actually complete my 'To Do' list. It was just wee jobs on the list except for digging, feeding & covering the pumpkin bed with membrane. I am always surprised that whenever I get out netting or membrane out suddenly a breeze pops up! Most peculiar! Won the battle today as had loads of stones & bricks handy, but that is not always the case!
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Clive. » Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:31 pm

Decided to leave sorting front flower border and instead got the posts, wire and canes up at the Radeo peas...as forecast said for some rain tonight and didn't want to delay the job and have the peas putting their heads up any higher and thus out of their protective wire cover... 8pm rain has arrived. :) ...but with some hail...and wind. :roll:

Colin, the net tunnel does look good :)...I have a bit of dream of trying a net tunnel some time for giving some potted herbaceous perennials a sheltered start...but having to forget all about that at this time.. Also I couldn't help wonder what station is on the radio in your photo.?

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Compo » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:54 pm

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Spring well here on the plot, lots of digging and cultivating, sewing stuff in the greenhouse. Spending every day on the plot, I fear further lockdown measures if the numbers carry on like they are, but maybe i am feeling a bit negative.

Anyway having newly retired, I hope to have my plot tidier than it has every been and even better full of healthy plants and produce, I'll remember to take more pics over the next few days.....
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Geoff » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:07 am

That's a fine net tunnel, is it a commercial kit or spectacular diy (you might have told us earlier but I forget)?
I had a potty day yesterday. Potted 44 tomatoes, 26 peppers, 20 cabbages, 12 calabrese, 10 cardoon, 3 eucomis, 60 chrysant plants and took 24 cuttings. Lost track of how many compost mixes I made. Still got a couple of trays of argyranthemum cuttings to do and more seedlings to prick out. Keeps me off the streets!
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