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bramble

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Re: All things gardening
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2013, 06:29:18 PM »

I have filled 3 wheelie bins with garden refuse in the last week. Have to stop now until they get emptied tomorrow then start again. Am about 2/3 of the way through the garden tasks not counting the grass! According to the forecast it is going to be rainy for the rest of the week so my next foray will probably be at the weekend. Onwards and upwards. I will be glad when it is all done.
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CLKD

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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 06:45:15 PM »

It never is all done though ?  I've had a pottering day in the garden.  I have to treat the pond water as one of the fish has lifted scales, so we have been measuring and working out the area of water and how much liquid it will need.   ::)
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2013, 07:54:45 AM »

... reading this thread has made me realise why I like the Winter....  :yes:
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CLKD

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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2013, 02:46:28 PM »

 :na:  ......... today the daffs are blowing in the wind  ;)
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honeybun

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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2013, 03:10:36 PM »

My tomato plants are just showing through.

It's supposed to be warmer here today.....ummmmm no.

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Meggie

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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2013, 11:03:07 AM »

Ariadne - the problem with the elbow is, most probably, a repetitive strain injury.  My OH had a similar problem when using a strimmer for lengthy periods.  After a visit to a specialist because he was in so much pain, he was told to "pace himself" with the strimmer and only do a little at a time with gaps of a week or so between - allows the arm to recover.  Just be careful.  I'm not sure, but is "Tennis Elbow" a similar condition?

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Meggie

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« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2013, 11:09:30 AM »

I just love this thread ...... because I love gardening.

This year we have built raised beds for our vegetables to grow in as the soil in our region is predominantly clay.  Although potatoes are happy in clay soil except if there's a long wet spell when spuds rot), most other crops struggle.

We should have built raised beds years ago - they are so much easier and in fact we have more produce in the garden now than we have ever had.  If I knew how to add photo's I would......can anyone advise?

I have planted and very well established:-
150 Seed Potatoes               
145 Onions               
30 Strawberry plants (in flower)
Carrots
Swedes
Parsnips                 
3 varieties of lettuce & salad leaves
Tomatoes
Butternut Squash
Rhubarb
Raddish

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ariadne

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« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2013, 11:37:46 AM »

Thanks Meggie. The problem with my elbow was last year. This year it was my forearm that ached and went red and swollen. Tennis arm?  ;)  Yes, pace myself is the answer no doubt but when you can see things that need doing ............

Still haven't planted anything on the allotment - getting a bit panicky about it now reading all the things you've planted.

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bramble

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« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2013, 01:12:49 PM »

Meggie,
You must be down south as it is too cold here yet to plant anything not under cover.

Bramble
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CLKD

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Re: All things gardening
« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2013, 01:49:59 PM »

Meggie is even further South than you imagine  ;)

April showers today   >:(  ::)
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Meggie

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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2013, 02:07:13 PM »

Correct CLKD - South West France to be precise ........ much warmer here

Keep this thread moving - learning all of the time

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honeybun

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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2013, 03:32:49 PM »

We do have stuff planted ( West Scotland) but it's either inside or covered over except for our potatoes. I watched the farmers plant theirs locally so decided to take a chance.

I am trying bedding plants from seed this year. I get fed up with the same old same old so giving different things a try. We have one very shady area of garden under two very large trees. I found a woodland mix which if it grows will look lovely.
I also have blue bells and Fox gloves in the same area.

My Kilmarnock willow is coming into bud now.

Slow but things are growing.

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bramble

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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2013, 03:45:05 PM »

Have spent quite a bit of time in the garden in the last week. Also bought some seeds of delphinium and lupins to plant, once I found out the garden centre wanted £6.99 a plant!! Holy moly! Also bought a packet of chilli peppers - Demon Red - sound hot don't they? Am determined my greenhouse will be more productive this year. Swithered over buying a mini cucumber plant. Didn't do it but wished I had now. I'll maybe have another trip to the garden centre this week. Hasn't weedkiller gone up a lot in price. It wasn't that long ago it was 4.99 a packet - now 9.99! Now that's something I can't grow!
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honeybun

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« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »

I have treated myself to a passion fruit plant. I will grow it in an inside bed in the poly tunnel at our community garden. I hope we get lots of fruits as I love passion fruit.

Our sugar snap peas and mange tout are doing really well and will need hardening off soon. The broccoli seedlings are also doing well. I have chard beetroot and spring onions up and our snowball turnips are needing thinned out.
No sign of our potatoes though.

Things are really starting to get going now.

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« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2013, 04:26:40 PM »

Well one of my plants was totally consumed by rabbits! Grrrr Wish they put notes on plants when you buy them. Anyway have bought some new ones. Plants in back garden are all in containers. Keep telling hubby that they would possibly be better in the ground. I'm the one who has to re-pot them all. I'm scared to plant though in case the frost gets them, though they have exposed to the elements in pots so think I may be safe enough, apart from the rabbits.
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