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    finished digging over the last 2 of the new beds and shuffled along creating paths between them so I don;t have to stand too much on the soil. Dug in lots of compost . Raked one bed smooth enough to put tomato plants in and put up supports ready for the non bush ones. Pruned the huge rosemary bush and cut back the lower leaves on the bay. The garden is beginning to look far more civilised.

    Potatoes in bags are just showing their heads above compost for the second time and my salad seeds are sprouting

    Not sure how many of the seeds will survive in teh 2nd raised bed though as teh fox cubs currently residing under my shed have chosen that place to bury their ill-gotten gains, lilke stolen dog toys and gloves!

    Went to bed aching like mad and slept really well. A good day's work

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    Not in garden at weekend, toooooo cold! However today much sunnier! I planted out some Perpetual Spinach plugs (75p for 12 plugs in bargain corner) and Bronze Fennel from B&Q, potted on some chilli plants, Sweet Basil, Chives, put in new supports for tomatoes, weeded the flower border and tidied up some clematis that was getting a bit unruly! Was tempted to put out the courgettes but still feel a bit chilly here, so will wait another couple of weeks!
    "A cat sees no good reason why it should obey another animal, even if it does stand on two legs."

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    I planted more spouts and sat in stinging nettles
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    planted 4 rows of spuds today and planted some brussels enjoyed the flask of tea at the end

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    Broke up all the lumps of clay in the courgette/squash bed. Dug in old compost from a growbag.

    Dug a big hole for my apple tree (1 of 3 trees ordered, 2 still to arrive) in stages, having discovered that the side beds are pure clay! (those years of sieving raking and adding compost must have really helped the veg garden)

    Went to several garden centres in search of tomato plants. They were either half dead , yellowing or non existent.! Managed to get 2 Heritage varieties , which should be interesting. Also bought a yellow courgette. I was surprised at how poor the quality of plants was though.

    Pak Choi just poking their seed leaves above ground so the burying of treasure by teh fox cubs doesn;t appear to have completely ruined my hard work.

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    Dug up last years salsify dug the bed over completely, fertilised with chicken pellets and then transplanted a row of leeks, 4 peppers and some lettuce (little gem) into the bed. There is room for another row of leeks but am waiting for some plants from another lotmenteer. I have another 4 trays trays of my own leeks but they will keep till the spuds have been lifted. Earthed up as best as I could the potatoes ( planted the rows a bit to close to each other). Picked the first of the broad beans, only enough for a spoon full each. Checked the carrots and there are one or two the thickness of a pencil. Pea pods starting to fill out and only a week or two and they will be ready.

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    Busy day at work so went to the allotment with the sole intention of watering plants then returning to have an early night. As happens, because it was a sunny night did a bit of weeding, a bit of grieving over my frost caught tatties, and a bit of general pottering. Was there 3 hours!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

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    Monday I managed to make two quite good looking veg beds and got them all raked ready to plant out. Yesterday, decided what was going in which bed (they are not very big beds) and planted purple-pod mangetout and Canoe peas in one bed, celeriac and turnips in the other - space in the root bed for a row of beetroot and a row of carrots. Beans are all planted out in the bean bed, broadies and Alderman peas growing nicely in my established raised bed. Shallots are looking quite impressive - never grown them before and quite delighted with them. The lettuce are really getting going in their new salad bed too. Quite excited at having some bits of garden that look like 'proper' garden now. Also Nemaslugged last evening as the weather was just right for it.

    Note to self - get more beds sorted and buy another 30 foot of hose so you don't have to lug the watering can up to the back veg bed all summer long! Boy my arms are sore today!
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