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  • Started the big weed out. A bed that I cleared in 2016 of elder. Took all plants out etc too. Now after 4yrs of problems ts never been touched I'm back at it (sort of) with help of OH to rid the moss and elder again. Hellish stuff.
    Living around the wet and windy scottish border, otherwise known as 'no man's land' .

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    • Planted out 16 Tuscan kale, 13 Calabrese and 32 Cabbage seedlings.

      Did a general whizz round with the hoe.

      Potted up 12 pre-germinated shop-bought butter beans and 3 yellow split peas. We've done well with butter beans in the past in a warm summer, so fingers are crossed on that one The yellow split peas are just for fun to see what they grow like.

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      • Got a new battery for my tractor and started her up.

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        • Did more digging. The big bed is just over a quarter done now. I'm running out of tubs to drown the weed roots in, though...

          Also, I took my potted "blackcurrant" (it was an accidental cutting: I found a stem last year in a pile of debris which was rooting, so took it home and potted it up) up to the allotment with the intention of giving it away. On my way there, I noticed that it was in flower. "Hang on", I thought, "They don't look like blackcurrant flowers." I gave the leaves a sniff, too, and no smell of blackcurrants.
          Turns out it must have been a redcurrant. I don't have a redcurrant, so I decided to keep it. I planted it in the raspberry bed.

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          • Originally posted by Can the Man View Post
            Got a new battery for my tractor and started her up.
            Mine's living with a trickle charger plugged in full time. Just about manages to start it if it kicks first time. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy a battery but I resent spending all that dosh for something that gets used about once a fortnight outside of hay time.

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            • I dug over a bed and planted my onions.

              I planted my broad beans out.

              I watered a lot.

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              • Tunnel tidying.
                First seed tray juggling of the season.
                Filled 3 big tubs ready for courgettes.
                Dug over 2 beds.
                Filled 6 trays ready for seed sowing & pricking out.
                Another day out for the chilli babies ( lots of walking in and out with many, many trays of chillies in 1lt pots )
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                • More digging. The sun was far too hot.

                  Also a packet of poppy seeds I had in amongst the raspberries.

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                  • Planted another 90 strawberry (Framberry) plants through Mypex. Used my new favourite tool, the wheel hoe, to make furrows for my neighbour's potatoes and to break up a patch for some garlic cloves he gave me in return. Sifted home-made compost to mix with sifted soil for potting mix. Burnt a load of prunings and bindweed roots.

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                    • Planted out my beans...all 8 of them, District Nurse.
                      Planted out my peas, Early Onward.
                      Potted on my 2 squash.
                      Potted on my 4 cucumbers.
                      Potted up some lavender cuttings for gifts.
                      Spent a lovely day in the garden.

                      And when your back stops aching,
                      And your hands begin to harden.
                      You will find yourself a partner,
                      In the glory of the garden.

                      Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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                      • Planted my potatoes out. Repotted some strawberries. Finally got enough motivation to start cleaning out the greenhouse.

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                        • Took chillies out to enjoy the sun in the tunnel.
                          Tidied my sheds.

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                          • More digging.
                            Sowd some beetroot seeds.
                            Cleared the bottom of the bed I am currently digging, which had become a bit of a dumping ground. There was a big pile of couch grass and other grass roots, which I have stuffed tight into a thick black sack, and I hope it it all die over the coming months, then I can compost it.

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                            • Bit of weeding and pulling bramble stumps out of a bit of rough ground, then covered in cardboard to suppress the rest. Made paper pots, sowed some kohl rabi, chard and spinach beet.

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                              • Moved recycling boxes around, planted Charlotte potatoes, weeded what will be parsnip bed, replanted more self sown parsley.

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