What have you done today in the Garden?

Discussion in 'Fruit and Veg Gardening' started by razyrsharpe, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Daniel W

    Daniel W Young Pine

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    Thank you Mel.

    I think you are fine about the peppers. They should still make lots of branches and lots of fruit. I love all kinds of peppers. Although I have not eaten super super hots, and dont plan to.

    Also thanks for the updates about the grow bags. I'd love to know how they work out.
    I was thinking, last year, the one crop that flourished and produced in that soil mix that I suspect containing herbicides, was potatoes. in the growing bags. Maybe I should use the soil for that again. Not what I grew potatoes in, but the other bags.
     
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    :setc_063: Heavy lifting is not a good idea for us oldies you know. Little and often is the way to go. Wheels are a better plan. [​IMG]
     
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    I've an old-fashioned sack truck, a barrel truck, they call them in the USA.



    It has big pump up tyres. I use it for moving 50ltr bags of compost etc, from the boot of my car round to the back garden.
    But sometimes if it's just one or two bags, it's too much bother for me to get out of the car and go round and into the garage to get the sack truck. So I just pick them up and carry them round to the shed, (one at a time!)

    I've also got this big four wheeled dolly, with a removable plastic box, more capacity than a wheely bin, which is handy for moving anything really heavy, either on the dolly or in the box.

    We used it when I closed down the koi pool, to move the fish round to a neighbour's pool, two doors away.

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  4. Sjoerd

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    Chuckle. You are right about the phrase.
    I don’t know where the Dr. Is but I always wondered if the lottie was inside the TARDIS.
     
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  5. Zigs

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    Cold frame is full up and it's only the middle of March :eek:

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    Gorgeous lil seedlings..:sete_005:
     
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  7. Daniel W

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    Well, today I removed the old brackets from the treated 4x4s that I cut to make corner posts, for the new planter box. It took a lot of prying, pounding, and saying "words" LOL. For some, I pried them a bit, then was able to insert a hack saw to cut the nail, then pound the nail back in when I got the bracket off. Now everything is ready to assemble.

    Then I hauled a few big containers of wood chips for the pathways. They should be done by summer.

    Then I filled a 25-gal half-barrel sized container, with potting soil. First, I used a 1-inch hole saw bit on the power drill to make better drainage holes.

    These were at the store yesterday.

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    I planted them. Two were dead - the crowns had been cut in half, they were moldy and dried out. I think three were OK. I really know better than to buy these packages. What one is buying, is really just a pretty picture and a gamble. Plus, I have Rudbeckia seeds in the fridge. I should check those... :whistling:

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    I planted seeds, indoors, for edible pod peas.

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    I think I just need to start them indoors from now on. I suspect critters for eating all the pea seeds I plant outdoors. I tried to buy dwarf varieties. I can compare how they perform.

    So far the ones I planted outdoors still look OK.

    I soaked them in some Rhizobium inoculum. I really don't know if it does any good. Last year, when I pulled up the pea plants, they had nodules indicating successful inoculation.

    I also started sweet-pea seeds, same methods. I soaked them a while first, in water containing rhizobium inoculant.

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    I have tomato seeds out, and 6-packs filled with seed starting mix. It's soaking up some water, then I can sow those seeds too.
     
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    I am very fond of Rudbekia, Daniel.
    It looks like you have some good peas to try.
    Oh, Spring truly is on its way there.

    Good work, Zigs. Don’t they look nice.
     
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    That's good news :- ) Thanks.

    I did that with my soil too Daniel. I used it with plants that were not as sensitive. I don't know if I mentioned it, but tomatoes are sensitive to 1 part per billion. That's crazy. My zucchini, corn, squash, brassica, onions and potatoes were all fine. So I have certain things I can grow in certain places now.
     
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    Those are beautiful fish. That must have been a tough, although I understand necessary, decision DHR.
     
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    @Daniel W - I'm so jealous that you are soaking your peas! hahaha. I am trying sweet peas again this year but have to build a new wee patch for them. I'm pretty excited. It's been many years.
     
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    This is early for you Zigs? They look amazing!
     
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    Yesterday pruned 3 more roses, done about 20 got 50 or so to do.
     
  14. Daniel W

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    Planted the first of the tomato seeds.

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    A lot are home saved. I'm also trying some new ones. Most are dwarf and open-pollinated or heirloom. Really hoping for tomato pies again this year. Might add a couple more, plus will start a dozen sauce tomato plants too.
     
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    Should have been a golf day, but it rained for most of the night, so didn't fancy it, but there's always Wednesday.

    Bought some teal grey and red paint in advance of repainting the 6ft pagoda. I've some of the other colours I need.
    It's looking a bit sorry for itself, not having had any attention for two or three years.


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    There's quite a bit of green mold on the edges of the roofs that aren't showing up in this photo and there's one or two red finials missing from the corners of the roofs. Still, not too bad being that I made it 36 years ago.

    I'll get the jet-wash to it, being concrete, it won't come to any harm.
    I'm pleased that the sorin (the thing on the top) has lasted so well. I wouldn't want to have to repair it.

    The body of the building was easy enough to make, using numerous moulds I made for it.
    The sorin was a pain.
    But I wanted it to look right.
    In the end, I made it from,

    A long steel rod,
    The top of a Decleor shaving gel cannister,
    a wooden cupboard door knob.
    Eight brass cupboard door knobs drilled through
    Nine wooden shower curtain rings
    Nine tops of 4 pint milk cartons
    Another brass door knob
    A large nut
    The stake for a garden spotlight, drilled through.
    Two wooden beads.

    I've made some replacement finials, a recycled orchid support stick is the right diameter.

    I need a few dry days to get it done. I'll also do a bit of re-painting of the tea-house and the pergolas. I need to do it before the wisteria foliage gets in the way and before "stuff" blows off next door's tree blossom when it appears and sticks to the paint.
     
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