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    Only just discovered the PW has started new threads for 2008. Durrrrrrrrrr, always was slow on the uptake.

    12 - 18 Feb 2008

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    12 - 18 Feb 2007

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    Wall to wall sunshine but very cold at night except that is for Thursday and Friday when it was thick mist for most of the day and Boy was it cold!!!!! It has been dry now since the 7th Feb, Not that I am complaining as I have really cracked on with the soil preparation. Still waiting for the delivery of dung and straw but most of the compost has been spread. Sweet potato now in damp compost and the onion seed is pre germinating.

    Sweet Peas are in and the potatoes are chitting. Hens have started to lay again, must be all the hot breakfasts they have been getting.
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    19th - 25th Feb 2008

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    19th - 25th Feb 2007

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    After the very cold it has turned much milder but as you can see it is much drier than last year. The big advantage is that the soil preperation is very well advanced but the disadvantage is that I shall start complaining about lack of rain sooner.

    The first sowing of Broad Beans didn't germinate well and the second sowing are much better and will very soon be put out in the cold frame. The onions, germinated before being planted in seed trays, are doing well. The chickens will be moved off the veg plot in the next week so the ground can be got ready for the potatoes.

    I am waiting for the manure to arrive in the next day or two and the huge bale of straw is already here.
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    26th Feb - 9th March

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    Well the weather is in Yo-yo mood. One minute it is out with the sun cream and the next it is snowing! We had snow and wintery showers on the 3/4th March and as I am writing this we are hit by the blast. More of that next time.

    Weather permitting the Broad bean plants will go in this week and there are more seeds in soak for succession. Several of the Brassica crops have been sown and all the onions are now pricked out in pots ready for block planting. 4 to a pot as last year, very sucessful. Parsnips are chitting and will be ready to put in tubes in the next day or so. Forced Rhubarb in the cow shed is romping away and I will have to pull some of it as it has reached the top of the dustbin.

    None of the above crops are in the open ground but in the cold frame, which after the gale in sadly in need of repair.


    Two loads of Manure mostly spread and a great deal of the straw has been used.
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    10th - 17th March 2008

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    10th - 17th March 2007

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    The 10th was the day that we, as did most other people, got blasted. Fortunately not a lot of damage. The plastic greenhouse things were tied to the house and the only thing that suffered was the top of the cold frame. It is only a wood and plastic construction and it took off like a sail. I have managed to bodge it for this year but will have to do something more permanent for next year.

    Broad beans are in under fleece to protect them from the wind and there are lots of other crops still under cover. Shallots and Garlic are doing well and as yet no sign of rust.Tomorrow is St Joseph and the traditional day for planting the potatoes in this area. So long as it does not rain overnight that is what I will be doing.

    It is 'pink tree' week again, a Prunus of some sort. Stupidly I didn't make a note of when it was last year so don't know if it is late or early Forsythia is well out as is the flowering currant and the Magnolia Stellata buds are just begining to burst. I have seen several butterflies and bumble bees and there are three huge blobs of spawn in the pond.
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    Got so carried by the first dry and sunny day yesterday that I forgot all about posting the weather

    18th - 25th March 2008

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    18th - 25th March 2007

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    Well we have had it all in the last week, rain, sleet, hail, snow and wind and finally sun.

    Managed to get the spuds in last Thursday but almost everything else is either in pots under fleece or still in the packet. Broadies are doing well under the fleece tunnels and are not suffering as much damage as last year when they were under plastic. The wind flapping the plastic bruised the leaves badly. Gardening has been impossible for the last few days as the soil is too wet and sticky. Instead I have reverted to DIY mode and finally started decorating the bedroom. 4 years of raw plasterboard is quite enough

    Despite the awful weather I have seen Ladies Smock and Cowslips in the banks and the Wood Anemonies would be beautiful if the sun stayed out long enough for them to open.

    The Black Redstart has returned, the book says that it is resident but I never see it over the winter. The other day I saw a Yellow Hammer rummiging in the straw mulch. The moles are subsiding, wether it is the wet or the fuses are working I am not quite sure.

    Here's hoping for better weather but the forecast is not hopeful.
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    Weather here is the same. Managed to get out yesterday for about an hour and this morning about the same - finally finished putting the boards together for the new beds and built the new garden bench this morning but apart from that, I'm in planning mode again.

    Tho J and I have decorated a spare bedroom and finished the toilet in the past couple of weeks and we have the builders starting our new bathroom soon as the weather has been so changable so it's winter indoors (if I must) and the rest of the year outdoors.

    Planning to plant out the new raspberries (ta Roitelet), thornless blackberries and my 12 redcurrant bushes from last year's cuttings (found one I thought was dead so nice even number) into their boxes and into the tunnel or their beds at the first opportunity.

    Edit: Should have added we're also in blossom mode - a friend gave me a crab apple tree last year, nicely potted and it's just delightful, ony a meter or thereabouts and covered in blossom to we've moved that by the front door so we can see it. And the cherry trees look great, as does the forsythia hedge.

    But weather forecast is merde for the rest of the week so will concentrate on indoors and errands until the weekend.
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