2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Shallot Man » Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:45 am

oldherbaceous wrote:You lot are brilliant never fail to make me smile... :)

On another funny note, I was over the allotment at 12.30am this morning, trying to get some sheets of corrugated plastic under control...someones outside light came on, so I bet they wondered what on earth was going on. :)


OH. 0030hrs. Isn't that reserved for burglas. :wink: :wink:
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Geoff » Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:20 am

Well so much for all the lovely blossom, minus three last night.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Colin2016 » Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:21 am

Used a Ferrero Rocher tray & lid as seed tray.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Clive. » Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:07 am

Golden Bantam sweetcorn, enclosed with KG magazine....just coming through this morning in the propagator..and those up far enough are having the day on the greenhouse bench.

Compost used was 1/2" riddled from well turned compost heap....

.......I weeded a few other seedlings out before taking the photo... :wink:

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Monika » Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:46 am

A stinker of a frost last night. The sweet pepper plants were huddled round the heater in the greenhouse and covered with bubble plastic but they still looked a 'goner' this morning. Luckily, all but one have recovered. Even marsh marigolds and new growth on the buddleias have flagged outside. Glad I covered all the brassica seedlings with copious fleece.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Clive. » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:50 pm

Sweetcorn count is now up to 15. :) upon checking this morning....
One job today was to put up canes for runner beans...then went a bit rash and sowed half the wigwams in situ. :shock: :oops: .... Good job I've got more own saved seed.! as think I've been far too keen, although I could really feel the warmth of the soil through my boots so we'll see... I would normally staunchly follow my grandfathers thoughts, at home at any least, and wait 'til I've seen the first person coming back from Boston May Fair...that might be a long wait ...as of course it's postponed....

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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby vivienz » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:13 pm

I'm now the very proud owner of 1 greenhouse and 2.5 raised beds - woohoo! More on the way but the complete beds are already either planted up or sown and covered in enviromesh.
It was a lovely day here although it started with a frost. At 10am, out of interest, I shoved a thermometer probe into the shady part of the soil of one of the raised beds - a very comfortable 8C.
I did another temperature comparison this afternoon. Outside, out of the wind, it was a glorious 18C. The greenhouse was 25C. Interestingly, under the enviromesh over the raised bed it was 22C, a nice half way house between the two others.
I'm waiting for my min/max thermometer to arrive so I can find out what the overnight temps are like.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby tigerburnie » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:26 pm

This is an early start, just been pollinating strawberry flowers in the greenhouse with a small paintbrush.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Stephen » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:35 pm

A stinker of a frost last night.

Phew, you are clearly tough up there in Yorkshire! I'm so glad that it has warmed up here in the Chilterns. (As I write that my fingers are crossed against a late frost because it isn't too late!)
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Stephen » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:37 pm

I'm now the very proud owner of 1 greenhouse and 2.5 raised beds

Congratulations! I'm (reasonably) happy with one mini-greenhouse at home and a yet-to-be-assembled one for the allotment.
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Elmigo » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:49 pm

Can't wait to put all the tomatoes and cucumber families in the ground. Many people have already done this but tonight suddenly frost came and the plants are without a doubt harmed by the low temperatures. They will discover the effects later. I'm still waiting!
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Compo » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:57 pm

Still struggling with beating the mice, I have put all the chunky seedlings in a high up shelf wrapped in netting in the greenhouse and they haven't found them. The cukes and the sweet peas have got a to a stage where they will survive if the seeds are eaten so that is good. Unfortunately I got to hide the butternut squash so getting replacement seed could be an issue. I am still waiting a seed delivery from Dobies, who are particularly slow, two weeks since order now and not marked on their website as despatched. Why did I choose them from all the others!!

Still the weather is good and I am getting on famously with preparing the beds. Perks of being retired!!

Hope all of you are keeping well and avoiding the virus. Keep Safe!!!
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby robo » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:07 am

I find the time to rid the poly tunnel of mice and rats is winter , poison the buggers then and they are not around in spring
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby retropants » Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:30 am

I finally heard back from my local garden centre regarding my delivery. I have compost arriving in the next couple of days! Finally, it's been 3 weeks since I called them!
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Re: 2020 Spring Bits & Bobs

Postby Compo » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:58 am

I'd rather deter than poison the mice personally. But then that's me!!
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