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  • Sowed another gutter of sugar snap peas.

    Planted out my 5 winged bean plants.
    Planted 8 melons (four each of Collective farm Woman and banana melon) and one watermelon (I have a second, but it's still convalescing on my patio after some stem damage) through black plastic at my allotment. The soil under the plastic was lovely and warm - I could feel the heat even through my gloves.

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    • Planted out Butter Beans and Runner Beans. Hand weeded half the onions patch. Picked two more Telegraph Improved cucumbers. Took the bottom few leaves off my tomato plants now fruit is setting.

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      • Planted out 4 chilli plants and 10 sweet pepper plants through black plastic at the allotment. Still have 2 more sweet peppers and 6 more chillies yet to go out.

        The strimmer man came yesterday to cut the grass paths, so I raked a load up and used it to mulch my potatoes.

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        • Planted out 12 sweetcorn plants in my back garden.

          Planted out two more sweet potato plants at the allotment. That's really as many as I can fit, so I'll have to give the rest away.

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          • Planted cucs in their final pots in GH, all courgettes are now in the garden still a few things to find places for but I'm nearly there.

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            • Cleared out my middle shed which I haven't been in for 3 years. It was sealed up with Ivy growing across the door and had an enormous, now deserted rat's nest in it. Several bin bags and full hoovers later the inside is now clean, unfortunately when I turn around and look outside there is now a huge pile of "stuff" to sort through. Ho hum...off I go again
              Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

              Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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              • Cleared out my middle shed which I haven't been in for 3 years. It was sealed up with Ivy growing across the door and had an enormous, now deserted rat's nest in it. Several bin bags and full hoovers later the inside is now clean, unfortunately when I turn around and look outside there is now a huge pile of "stuff" to sort through. Ho hum...off I go again
                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                • Potted up the "windowsill" cayenne chillies into their final pots
                  Courgette into large pot (it will go back into the GH overnight for now)
                  Potted on Cucumber and moved it to the greenhouse
                  Weeded the polyunnel path and pea/bean bed.
                  Tided up the tomatoes in the greenhouse
                  Few little tweaks to the automated watering for the outdoor beds


                  A few squashes etc. to head to their final locations soon but with some colder nights due next week I've held off planting them out.

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                  • Planted five more chilli plants at the allotment.

                    Repotted some of my later sown chilli plants at home.

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                    • Managed to get to the plot for the second time since last year. Remembered that I still haven't payed this years fees

                      https://youtu.be/-bafIx1ghaA

                      Decided to keep it. Spent a couple of days doing some clearing and now I can stand outside and it looks like an allotment again.


                      In the Jungle half, there's 2.5 beds of potatoes (the 2 beds are 8 foot long, the .5 is half a 20 foot bed so it's abstract mathematics) half a bed of skirret and ground chestnuts (half a 20 foot bed that is), a strawberry bed, a salad bed, an oerprei and scorzonera bed (plus compost pile) and a bed of oca leaving just 2 and 2 half beds left to plant (yes thats the other 2 halves of the 20 foot beds).

                      There's also the greenhouse to do but that'll will be a job for next week (of the week after).

                      In the New Territories there's the perennial beds which still have loads in them (of course - that's why they're perennials ) and then with the bed for the garlic, bed for shallots, bed for potatoes and the bed for beans that only leaves one 14 foot long bed to sow.

                      So now to shoehorn in the peas, 12 calabrese, 12 sprouts, 10 different varieties of winter squash, 4 varieties of courgettes, cucumbers, root veg and everything else into these 3 and two half beds.

                      As last year I showed that you can grow grapes outdoors in Newcastle I pulled out a grape vine.

                      It had died off for some reason. This now gives space to train the 2 remaining grape vines into it's space.



                      New all singing all dancing blog - Jasons Jungle

                      ”I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."
                      ― Thomas A. Edison

                      “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.”
                      ― Thomas A. Edison

                      - I must be a Nutter,VC says so -

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                      • Planted out 4 more sweetcorn.

                        Planted out the last two sweet peppers, my second watermelon plant, and 9 tenderstem broccoli plants at the allotment.
                        Weeded the carrots and beetroot.

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                        • Planted out 12 gherkin cucumbers, Northern Lights leeks and multi-sown spring onions.

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                          • Sowed some purple sprouting broccoli seeds in pots.

                            Planted up my last two lotus seedlings.

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                            • Potted up some basil plants.

                              Strimmed the paths at the allotment.
                              Weeded the oca and the asparagus.
                              Cut some more comfrey for liquid feed.

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                              • Sowed Cobra Climbing French Beans.
                                Dug up a big clump of annoying ornamental grass.
                                Hoovered!
                                Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                                Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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