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    Got to the plot for 10am this morning, and didnt leave until 7pm!

    Mr D has now dug over (since we took the plot over 12 days ago) all but 1 main bed and 1 small bed on the new plot (from a total of 18 beds and a greenhouse border), the guys a digging machine! I'm soooo impressed with him!

    We also managed today to build another compost bin (and fill it!), trim back the hedges at the side of the plot, sort out the pile of fleece, wood, tubing and assorted other junk at the side of the shed, move all the perspex behind the new compost bin, plant up (thru cardboard) another bed, this one with 8 outdoor toms, (5 cordon and 3 bush, complete with framework for support), water the whole plot and weed about 1/5th of the paths on the new plot!

    Is it any wonder we both pooped out now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamsterqueen View Post
    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.
    I went a got a couple of trailing tomato plants yesterday, I saw some cordon plants that were 4 inches tall and had 4 or 5 sets of flowers on them!
    Also saw them all watered in the middle of the day in the hot sun, by a hose spraying freezing cold water over the leaves.
    Also saw some very sick looking peach trees with leaf curl sitting outside.
    My OH remarked how they treated the plants compared to how I babied mine.
    I think there is a big difference between nurserys that grow their own plants and garden centres that sell std bought in plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womble View Post
    I went a got a couple of trailing tomato plants yesterday, I saw some cordon plants that were 4 inches tall and had 4 or 5 sets of flowers on them!
    Also saw them all watered in the middle of the day in the hot sun, by a hose spraying freezing cold water over the leaves.
    Also saw some very sick looking peach trees with leaf curl sitting outside.
    My OH remarked how they treated the plants compared to how I babied mine.
    I think there is a big difference between nurserys that grow their own plants and garden centres that sell std bought in plants.

    I was out on Sunday and was in two very well know DIY/Garden Centre style places....and the state of the plants was totally appalling!

    Anyway, so far today I've sown some more coriander and sown some Cauli Serac to see if I can get any caulis for the Autumn, my Autumn sowing last year failed miserably!
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    Planted some sprout plants grown from my own home produced seed from last year off my best plant. Just in case they don't work out, I also planted some plants I grew from F1 hybrid seed. It will be interesting to do a comparison. Spent ages watering stuff that needed it as small pots dry out very quickly just now. Made a mental note to get some more JI compost mixed up and get them out of the small pots and into big pots where watering won't be so crucial!
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    I've just realised it's been a while since I've posted here - I can only blame work, the weather and a lot of work at home - HONEST!

    Not much of a 'what I did today' post, more of a 'what I'm going to do at the weekend' one!

    The plot has taken a bit of a back seat this year, however I have had a good May (so far) but all the beds are clear, the greenhouse is full, and I am hoping for a decent weekend - I have a poly tunnel to put up as the conservatory is full of tomato & pepper plants -in fact I got 2 tunnels off eBay - bit of a mistake, but I think one may do - the other may go on eBay, or sold somewhere else - and loads of seeds to sow.

    Had a potter in Greenhouse earlier on, with the second set of seedlings doing well (don't mention the first attempt) - I will be looking at putting them in the plot at the start of June (just looked - not far away now) - French & Runner Beans; Peas; Sugar Snaps; Sweetcorn; Ornamental Sweetcorn (picked up a packet of seed in Holland because I liked the look of the picture!); Courgettes, etc.

    Leeks are small (read tiny) - but nothing has sprouted from the seed I harvested last year, these seeds came from a packet!

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    oh i've not posted here for ages. We were up on the plot on tuesday evening for a few hours. We weeded out the existing beds as bindweed has well and truly taken hold. We didn't know we had it or we would never have rotivated. Blummin stuff. Anyway, it was so bad on the remainder of the plot we weedkillered the lot. And how we cackled and laughed.
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    Last night, I planted my sweetcorn (at last!). 12 pots of 2 seeds to a pot (out of date last year so a saffety measure) of F1 Swift, and 3 pots of Minipop.

    As I was already out in the drizzle, I then planted 6 pots of (3 to a pot) Borlotti beans (climbing variety) and 6 pots (2 seeds to a pot) of perpetual spinach.

    And potted on the second batch of pepper "big Banana" from their single module - 5 plants there. These will stay indoors on the windowsill for another couple of days to recover and then go out into the minigreenhouse with the door open until we dismantle that - then in the open air in pots on the patio.

    A nice hour or so pottering around - although the drizzle made a mess of my hair and then stopped so that the newly sown seeds didn't get their nice drink - typical!

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    I have just come in from clearing a fair length of brick wall of very overgrown Ivy. Yuk! Filled my wheelie bin up so now will have to wait another fortnight before doing some more. Its one way of stopping me from overdoing things but I could do with pushing on!

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