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Thread: What I Did Today Archive 2009

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    Quite a high tide this afternoon with a strong wind behind it so tonight I walked along the marsh and collected a sack of seaweed. Half is soaking in a tub for liquid manure and the other half is in one of the daleks. Earlier today our friendly local vet brought me some big tubs used for animal health products. They're about 3 gallons/15 litres so a very useful size. All she asks in return is a few toms or a cucumber. Just before sundown I sowed some spring onions and mizuna in pots. Who said it's grim up north?

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    Working at estate garden today - reclaiming some areas of the garden from three years of neglect and self seeding - Lady's Mantle might be pretty but it, along with Jacobs Ladder are way too good at self seeding. Anyway - finished there this evening, called in at the field, picked 1lb rasps, dug up a basket of Duke of York Potatoes, picked three heads of broccoli, a ballhead cabbage, 2 kg San Marzano tomatoes, 3 femspot cukes, 5 Passandra cukes, 10 red Cayenne Chillies and came home - now making bread and butter pickle, Wellies Tomato Ketchup, and have started off the raspberry vinegar. Would have started the Tarragon Vinegar and made mint sauce but forgot to pick them - will do that tomorrow.
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    Weeded raised bed in the back garden pulled up some cabbages that had been ravashed by slugs and caterpillars - argh. Potted up some biennuals for next year. Had a sort out in the greenhouse, dug up some raspberry canes for the lottie.
    Made tomatillo sauce, courgette bread. Visited mum who had found an elephant hawk moth which looked rather ugly and large but turns into a beautiful moth
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    chopped up rescued green tomatoes with onions ready to give chutney a go.
    weeded a bit.
    felt slightly despondent about blight in general.
    watered.

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    Picked some beans and a cauli this morning, blanched and in freezer, then had to do housework or watch the rain because it's lashed it down all day today. Wish I had a greenhouse to escape to.

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    Yesterday it rained (again!) but on Friday I dragged OH down to the plot and he did some controlled destruction along the boundary of my plot. I'm at the very end next to a wild place so the docks, nettles, teazles etc keep encroaching. Well they won't now .. or at least not for a while. Whilst he was doing that, I dug out proper paths between the beds and laid down cardboard and covered with wood chips. (One of the plot holders is a tree surgeon and he brings loads of bark chips and just dumps them around the site for anyone to use). We lifted the garlic - in the end it was quite a disappointing crop - 5 fabulous bulbs as big as a man's fist and the others were pathetic and hardly grew at all. They stank the car out on the way home and they were in the boot! I also cut 2 small cauli (my first this year) as they were turning a little brown and had cauli cheese for lunch!! A good morning's work.

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    A dry day, way-hey!
    - sowed Purple Haze carrots
    - sowed Mooli
    - harvested dry broad bean seeds.... a carrier bag full
    - harvested Viola seeds
    - harvested a handful of chickpeas
    - dug up 2 carrier bags of onions (mostly picklers)
    - weeded for 5 hours, including a stubborn area of bindweed
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    Here at 'The Funny Farm', we've had our first DRY DAY for a long time, and dry enough for me to weedkill the veggie beds that I wanted to. And because I love my cat so much, I've had to work the weedkilling in to correspond with not getting it on her paws till it's dried................................

    Day before yesterday, I managed to get her 'interested' in my largest whicker basket trug, and I placed a cushion in it, and put it in the draughty dutch greenhouse.
    Thankfully, she slept in it ALL morning today, and Wellie got every single bit of weedkilling done that she had to do. So I'm thrilled......
    You see, if it were as easy as JUST growing fruit and vegetables, I'd be happy - but when you've got other things, like a bloke, a cat, neighbours, and actually, the latest of my nightmares - a fox that insists on cr@pping right where you don't want it to - it ends up 'moving the goalposts' rather a lot.

    BUT! Because I cut back half of the Autumn Bliss Raspberries, and left the other half to grow for later (!) I've kind of given myself a staggered crop of raspberries this year (Smug Tart, obviously!......)
    And whereas YOU gorgeous people are harvestomg all of your fantastic shallots, onions and garlic, I am very definitely NOT, because the bed is way too weedy.

    I think that this year I should be very grateful if I manage to grow anything. And next year, I shall try much harder.

    Thank you for listening. X.

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