Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Geoff » Mon May 06, 2019 5:32 pm

Planted out the Greenshaft Peas, Brussels Sprouts and Kalettes today - looks a bit more like something is happening.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Colin2016 » Mon May 06, 2019 5:57 pm

Planted my "Early Onward" peas & "Streamline" runner beans.
Peas were started off using the guttering principal, when I came to put in car though the guttering was a bit to long.
Message to self "Cut guttering to fit car".
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Monika » Mon May 06, 2019 7:08 pm

I have only just sown my climbing beans Cobra and courgette Tuscany, still inside, considering at this moment it's just 6C outside. Broccoli Inspiration, kale Cavolo Nero and kalette seedlings are outside under netting in case of marauding wood pigeons which seem to have proliferated this year ....
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Mon May 06, 2019 8:35 pm

Ummmm, only allotment activity was that I treated my bindweed to a close up feed of weedkiller, longest strand was 18".

Got comprehensively hailed on on Saturday, once walking back from the allegedly "farmers" market in town and layer the de day while putting a fence back up for an elderly neighbour with dementia. Only about eight foot long with three posts all rotted off at ground level, then the schoolboys had been kicking it, her indoors and another neighbour caught one and made him apologise. Trimmed the rotten ends off three old angle iron posts with an angle grinder, whacked them in down the corner of each wooden post and stuck a coach bolt halfway up, renailed some loose boards.
Today I are been to town for TUBS to tidy up after a two day concert in the town park, then I are been replacing the hedge with a fence, it's died on neighbours side. Three fifty year old leylandii and one four foot concrete post removed and some old panels in 8place to keep my dogs at home.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Diane » Tue May 07, 2019 10:58 am

Wow - that's an impressive work load. And well done her indoors and neighbour for catching the little **** who was kicking the fence.

Although it's been cold here (Dorset coast) - last night I didn't fleece the bananas and they survived fine - as did the busy lizzies and geraniums I planted in the border (and then wondered if I'd been a tad rash!). The long range forecast for night-times is looking ok though so hopefully the risk of frost has abated in this area.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby tigerburnie » Tue May 07, 2019 11:45 am

Some things are growing outside, although a lot are under fleece, we are still getting temperatures close to freezing, I planted out some Broad beans yesterday that were outgrowing the cells they were sown in, haven't dared look to see how they are yet.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Westi » Tue May 07, 2019 8:53 pm

Everything outside is secured but this tunnel lark is confusing me big time -or is it my cheap 'A' min/max thermometer or some other secret - it goes from 1 or 2C to 25 - 30C ? The runners are happy with the scaffold netting all over & outside, the French beans ditto but they only have a border of scaffold netting around them, the lettuces seem OK under mesh but loads of no shows but loads also up. Tunnel has 3 cucumbers - no show, toms loving it, some sweet peppers enjoying it also but Chillies not so much, sweet potatoes looking perky but radish & spring onions not happy in either environment. So much to learn. I know it is the flux in temp some can't deal with & if that thermometer temp is correct it is the big difference that is the issue. Any advice welcomed, I will angst though when minimum says door closed but it is ventilation or something & door should be open, but I could change fixed door to mesh door! Basically I haven't researched enough, but also found nothing to adequately explain when to leave door open or closed.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby robo » Tue May 07, 2019 9:19 pm

I have taken the top poly of my door just leaving the mesh I will start leaving the door open when the temperature rises a bit
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Shallot Man » Wed May 08, 2019 3:29 pm

Picked my first Broad Beans this morning. Albeit a bit on the small side. In fact very small. But the taste. :wink:
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby oldherbaceous » Wed May 08, 2019 4:11 pm

I think they could be right about this Global Cooling.... :wink:
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Monika » Wed May 08, 2019 4:47 pm

I think it's all your fault, OH: fancy calling this thread "Spring Proper" when it's just 8C outside at noon (and pouring).
Warming up for the weekend, "they" say ......
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Geoff » Thu May 09, 2019 10:26 am

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out

It doesn't say anything about putting extra layers on. Thinking of getting my Winter gardening polo necks back out to replace my shirts.

But if you go for the hawthorn interpretation, it is coming out rapidly so might be using the month as the meaning this year.

Got the swallows, heard the cuckoo but no sign of the swifts - sensible things.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Shallot Man » Thu May 09, 2019 11:01 am

Shallot Man wrote:Moved to a new House insurer last year, quiet cheap. Renewal has come in. %20 dearer. Would seem last year I was the sprat caught by the mackerel.Ah well. Time for this sprat to move on and be caught by another mackerel. :wink:


So this sprat shopped around. Found quote almost the same as last year. Then hit a problem, you needed a mobile phone. wouldn't accept a landline phone no:. Are well, found a new mackerel though had to pay 45p more. :( :(
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby Stephen » Thu May 09, 2019 3:11 pm

The rain today was incessant, varying between drizzle and torrential. I got wet and am just drying out now, so I may nip up to the 'lottie and inspect things. I'll probably just weed things.
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I had planned to put the fruit nets up. There are lots of currants forming, so it will be needed.
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Re: Spring proper, Bits and Bobs.

Postby robo » Thu May 09, 2019 4:07 pm

This is the second day we have had with none stop rain if it carries on I will be growing gills
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