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    Potted on 12 Cuor di Bue, 12 Tigerella, sowed a polish tomato variety called something I can't remember,but takes 110 days apparently, potted on 12 california wonder pepper.

    discovered a colony of ants in mypotting on compost, the gits, turfed them out.

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    Yesterday I sown 4 lots of beans in loo rolls, White lady runner, Scarlet empero, Siberian pole beans then my Digin Blue lake French beans.

    Then today I've potted on my toms and had a trial run with some capillary matting and water trough on my bench.

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    Today me and the OH tidied up the edges of the beds, with an edging iron. We also sowed some wild flowers to attract the bees.

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    I seperated a bunch of young plants as they were growing in 2's and 3's in their pots. Courgettes, pumpkins, brussels sprouts, globe artichokes. Got them all out in the greenhouse now and space is starting to get tight in there!
    Cleared away some overgrown daffs in the front to make space for corn and artichokes when they're ready.

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    am making marmelade jelly today and shirls tea bag wine, o my kitchen smells very fruity indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbieGardenerRow View Post
    Put together my remaining potato bags (which were a real struggle to get the plastic reinforcing ring threaded through) and planted some Charlottes and Nicolas in them.
    I still have my weirdly chitting (Sharpes Express and Elgar) ones going (which ended up with small green leaves and thing stringy roots) and I'd chickened out and got some Charlottes and Nicolas in as a back up. The others are showing through the compost in the bags so maybe they will be ok after all.
    Now my patio is full of bags.
    Had a brainwave of writing on wooden pegs the variety and clipping them to the top of the bags so that I knew what was where.

    Planted up 2 containers, one with spinach and the other with some cut and come again lettuce.
    Not much actually in the garden yet but I'm researching what grows in shady spots so I'm off to read these forums for inspiration.
    I cut up old margarine pots to make plant labels and write details on them with a permanent marker.For potato bags, I use a hole punch and attach the label to the handle with a bit of string or re-cycled tights!

    Tights/stockings are brilliant in the garden because they make soft ties that are also strong! I cut the legs into strips about 25 cm wide (about 1 inch).....put all the circles over my wrist, then cut the lot to make ties. Brilliant to tie plants into canes/errect a bean frame etc.
    The tight tops are good for securing fruit trees to stakes.

    But roll on summer when I can put away my jeans and go bare legged!

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    Got the saw out on a buddleia in the front garden that is like a TRIFFID!
    Still some way to go with it....with a bit of luck it will die (I hope!)

    Earthed up the pots of spuds in the frame, transplanted some lettuce in modules, sowed some more raddish, cut the lawn and gave the chickens the clippings.
    Let chickens out of their run so I could clean them out and had to remove them from the onion patch, where they were scratching happily.
    10 mimutes later, there were no chickens in sight. I found them on the front garden around the butchered buddlia!

    Sat in the garden with a glass of wine at lunchtime( The JOYof being retired!), thinking about what needed to be moved and sorted for when the lean-to greenhouse that I ordered from "Garden buildings Direct" on Wednesday arrived. (plenty of time I thought, it will arrive next week at the earliest!)

    It arrived before I'd finished either wine or contemplation!!!!!!!!
    Spent the rest of the afternoon moving the compost bin, rationalising plants in containers in the greenhouse space and clearing the decks for construction!
    Negotiated with my lovely neighbours to borrow long spirit level and spanner in mm( mine aren't metric) over the weekend.
    Alerted my partner that I WILL need help...very sexist of me, so sorry gals, but I really can't do up bolts/screws as tight as a bloke!

    Sent an e-mail to Dobbies asking where the plant house I ordered nearly a month ago is.
    Wanted it in order to sow French and Runner beans under cover.Will cancel if they can't give me a date.

    Now totally cream crackered!!!!!!!!!

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    -2 degrees overnight here: Frost has killed off my yellow wax french beans that I module grew, but thats the risk you take with an early sowing! I view the garden rather like a stereotypical General in WW1: Its a war of attrition, I will keep sending seeds to their death until victory ie some of them live! My beans were lions, led by a donkey (gardener (me!)). If the plants cop it then I get that much more humus in the bed....

    Finally put together blowaway greenhouse to give some much needed protected growing space, and moved some of the cloched pots of vine toms into the shelter. One casualty (slug damage). Potted on 20 odd chilli plants.

    Direct sowed: Florence fennel, rainbow chard, perpetual spinach, carrots. Planted out 12x sweetcorn. Bunged some grass like leek seedlings into a bed to thicken up a bit. Sowed zinnia, cosmos for the wifey who likes girly flowers.

    Artichokes looking good, now getting a bit tough for the birds to eat I think...

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