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  • Final potting on of 19 outdoor tomatoes. All nicely lined up against our south facing granite wall (thinking overnight warmth being given off)
    As they are pineapple tomatoes and could grow 8ft high I thought they would be safer fastened against the wall too with all the winds we've been having
    "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

    Location....Normandy France

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    • Dug over and weeded the patch were I was growing broad beans, then sowed some carrots and beetroot.

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      • There’s small runner beans on the celebration plant,I’ve just been squirting the aphids off with garlic water/ecover wash up liquid,our cat must like the smell he was having a long smell of it

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        • Piled up barrows of manure to let the worms do their thing so i can hopefully spread this on the beds in autumn.

          Harvested a lovely looking yellow courgette.

          Took the sprouty bits off the tomato plants that should have them taken off. Was a bit weirded out by the bushy tomatoes which shouldn't have the sprouty bits removed.

          Tried to make the cucumbers climb up the tower I made for them.

          Collected a worrying number of slugs and snails from the kale bed.

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          • Today I finally got my brassicas planted in their new bed. I've got kale, red and green sprouts and PSB in with more PSB and spring cabbages still to do. All will be interplanted with leeks and some tagetes.
            Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

            Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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            • Unbelievably, was down the allotment again today...

              Tried again to make the cucumbers climb.

              Used liquid tomato feed on the squash, and thought I might as well do it for the tomatoes and cukes too while I'm at it.

              Hauled another barrow of manure down from the communal pile to finally rot down in the plot. It looks very nearly finished, might apply some direct to the blackberries and raspberries which need the moisture retention while ripening the fruit.

              Put out 4 diluted cider vinegar + washing up liquid traps for the spotted wing drosophila which seem to be endemic in the blackberries. First year I'm doing this before the fruit are actually ripe, so have high hopes for it working well this time...

              Rejoiced that yesterday's slug hunt paid off - finally no trails on the kale today.



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              • Fed my courgettes, potatoes, GH toms and cucs with comfrey early on this morning. Will do more gardening later on.in the day.

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                • Fed everything in the greenhouse.
                  Finally planted all my leeks in with the brassicas.
                  Planted out my final lots of Runners, Climbing beans and a pretty pink climbing sugarsnap pea.
                  Sowed more beetroots, spring onions, chard and parsnips.
                  Been a really good gardening weekend
                  Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                  Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                  • I planted out two of my broccoli plants & made a net curtain house for them. Found a caterpillar on the self seeded broccoli in the raised bed & a lot of moth eggs. Flying ants about too. Garlic & onions have been drying for just over two weeks,I cut the roots & tops off some of the onions & all the garlic,all stored in the shed.

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                    • Prepped a bed to take some more brassicas. About 14 I should think. Tonight after work a rush to plant and net them before the rains get here. I'm also thinking of putting a well spaced double row down the middle of our 3 row permanant strawberry bed. Logic being they are done now (apart from the runners) and won't really need expansion space until about April next year. I can crop some cabbage and cauli under the hoop frame that supports the strawberry nets. It should keep the pigeons off and I'll take a chance with the cabbage butterfly. I have lots of plants from my sow um all nursary row.

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                      • Strimmed the allotment paths.
                        Sowed some lettuce seeds in plugs.

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                        • Loads of cutting back and weeding....so much so I have several blisters on my hands
                          "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                          Location....Normandy France

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                          • Installed my first water butt, well my neighbour did it for me, I made cups of tea
                            Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                            Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                            • Made a larger net frame for my cauliflowers they’d outgrown the cloche they were under.
                              General weeding after that.

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                              • More blisters....same job as before taking forever! ...remind me next year not to leave pruning them!!!!!!
                                "Nicos, Queen of Gooooogle" and... GYO's own Miss Marple

                                Location....Normandy France

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