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Sun Jan 18 2015, 16:07
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So, who is planning already? Laughing

Bought some peppers, tomatoes, blue lake runner beans (thanks Mache Growing Season 2015 - Page 2 709307421 ), couple of varieties of cabbage, sweetcorn, and cauli. Bought some onion sets and potatoes from Home Bargains.

Will be checking whether my rotavator is running next week, when I can be bothered to venture out and buy some fuel to premix.

Need to buy some wood to make raised beds. Or I may buy some of those 'sides' that you use on pallets, to build them up a bit.

Winter prune the apple trees to do yet.

Oh, and go and check on the allotment. Not been up since about October. Embarassed

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Tue Mar 10 2015, 11:44
Mine are made of scaffolding planks. Raised beds makes it far easier - less digging.
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Tue Mar 10 2015, 19:27
How much are your scaffold planks costing you, per bed?

There's a place round the corner from me that does pallet 'sides', that drop on top of pallets, we use a lot of them, but he does other sizes. Think they're less than £5 each, and a similar depth (width?) as scaff planks. Tempted to get some of them instead.
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Wed Mar 11 2015, 08:41
To be honest, they came with the plot - my brother got them free from a builder I think. So I have 8 of these beds - he sawed several planks in half to make the width of the bed which is 4 ft - so each bed is 8 ft long I think - or could be 12 ft not measured the length of them.

I would ask around - glazing companies are also good - we have several in Tyldesley and they often leave windows/doors outside for folk to take - of course these are usually double glazed these days - great for constructing greenhouses/coldframes with.

Just having a job now to put the mulch between the beds - he had put some membrane down to stop the weeds and its very slippy - the allotments here have plenty of chippings/mulch delivered so backwards and forwards with the barrow at the moment doing that.

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Mon Mar 30 2015, 19:42
http://www.dropbox.com/s/yokdyuj4mvhfr9l/IMG_20150330_181214156.jpg

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No sign of tomatoes or peppers, and there's quite a few different varieties in there, so unlikely to be dodgy seed.

Sweetcorn and french lake beans coming up nicely Smile
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Tue Mar 31 2015, 05:35
I wouldn't worry about the toms and peppers, the days have been dark and mine took about 3 weeks on the windowsill - and they aren't all through yet. The germination of sweetcorn is ace isn't it - everyone a winner! Never heard of Red Robin Toms before - are they cherry? How do you transfer your carrots to the ground? I've only ever sown directly.
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Wed Apr 01 2015, 13:25
my toms and peppers have not shown either yet, Sad
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Thu Apr 02 2015, 23:45
I think the red robins are cherry, veg.

I will just plant the carrots out as they are, and thin as required I think.
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Sun Apr 12 2015, 13:55
Put onions in my raised bed, coming on well.

Left the cover off my propagator for one night, sweetcorn suffered about 50% losses. Rolling Eyes

Some peppers and tomatoes are showing, runner beans more or less all came through, but are looking unwell, so may re-sow.

Oh, been and bought another apple tree - 'Discovery' - from Asda. So that's 8 fruit trees in the garden, but may be losing one planted from last year, as it's looking live at the moment, whereas the rest are in bud. Cut one of the two established apple's down to a stump about 6' tall, and have built a couple of bird tables to put on that, to try and keep them safe from the neighbours cats.

Also sown another tray of blue lake, 40 this time.
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Mon Apr 13 2015, 07:45
I need some fruit trees, I am going to be looking at Aldi and B&M etc for reduced items.

I think it is still early yet and obviously temperatures are dropping like a stone overnight. I've never used a propagator as I think it starts the plants off weak - saying that, I do often lose plants unless they are on the window-sill. Found some tiny snails in my greenhouse at home just now who have been having a regular midnight feast.

On the subject of Runner Beans - last week on the allotments I saw a number of fellows setting out their beds/canes for beans and was a bit surprised - they all seemed to do it on the same day - I will have to ask about this as I know it is far too early for Runner and French beans.

Sorry to hear about the sweetcorn, at least it isn't too late to sow again. Hark at you - that blessed that you can afford to chop an apple tree down..... Laughing
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Mon Apr 13 2015, 21:02
I only cut the apple tree down once I'd planted at least one more. Plus it's a cooker.
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Tue Apr 14 2015, 21:05
Three sharps express tubers put in a bag of coconut coir, just to see if they fare any better than in traditional grow bags.
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Wed Apr 15 2015, 13:56
I have some of that, I am doing the same with a few Maris Peer - what a coincidence!

Pain in the arse adding water to the coir though! Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Wed Apr 15 2015, 20:20
Home Bargains do 50l blocks for £1.69 or thereabouts. I just stuck them in the wheelbarrow, and added water Growing Season 2015 - Page 2 709307421

Payday tomorrow, so going to get some more this weekend I think, and plant more spuds. Very Happy
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Thu Apr 16 2015, 10:24
You can also buy them in the Poundshops for £1 - I meant to post about it when my Mum picked me a couple up.  I have since bought a huge block from Amazon - it was that I was referring to regarding it being a pain in the arse - the small square blocks you mention are easy as they can obviously be watered in the bag that is supplied - I just pored warm water over it and watched it rise 10 times its height.

Just a word of caution on the coir - I ran out of compost and so used the coir to sow some seeds in - if the coir remains soaked the seeds tend to get that damping-off business - if it remains relativey dry they are okay.  Will be interesting to see how potatoes do in it - have you a source of muck near your allotments Tem?

Linky to Poundland... http://www.poundland.co.uk/home-and-garden/gardening/pests-weeds-fertilisers/compressed-coco-soil-compost-10-litres
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Thu Apr 16 2015, 15:20
I don't think they're the 50l blocks in Poundland, VG? They're the same ones which are in Home Bargains for 69p, the 10l ones?

We had a large pile of rotted manure by the gate, I used a few barrowfuls, but it's also full of weeds.
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Thu Apr 16 2015, 20:23
Planted some 'Charlotte' potatoes too, and picked up 4 of the 50l blocks. So that's 2 of them used.
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Fri Apr 17 2015, 12:57
@Temeluchus wrote:I don't think they're the 50l blocks in Poundland, VG? They're the same ones which are in Home Bargains for 69p, the 10l ones?

We had a large pile of rotted manure by the gate, I used a few barrowfuls, but it's also full of weeds.

Ha ha, read it as 10L - 69p is even better.
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Sun Apr 19 2015, 16:30
Spent £35 in Pole Green Nurseries - it's had a lot of money spent on the place now, so looking much better, and well worth a visit.

8 grow bags (peat based).
6 tomatoes - 3 different varieties.
4 peppers
Tray of cabbage
Trayt of cauliflower
Tray of butterhead lettuce
Tray of iceberg lettuce

Mrs Tem bought some flowers too.
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Fri Apr 24 2015, 11:03
I don't like buying plants for growing as I think it ends up costly - sometimes there is no alternative though - my germination levels and seedling growth aren't what I would call very good this year.

Lady on the next plot bought some Courgettes from Aldi, and they are also doing chilli and tomato plants too - look far better than what is on my window sill.  Saw a chap yesterday who is giving me a few Tomato plants - his are all huge and lush - I have asked him to hold onto them until my Greenhouse is finished, he has got me some spare panes for it too.
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Sun Apr 26 2015, 21:50
Been to Pimbo nursery today, picked up a couple of tomato plants and a pepper. Mrs Ten picked up some petunias and a clematis which has been planted and will be trained to climb up our garden swing. Smile
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New compost bin, just need to put a hinge on the front and line with fine mesh.
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