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  • Deadheading, pulling up bolted lettuce and cutting down comfrey to add to tank.
    Location....East Midlands.

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    • Watered greenhouses and pots. Washed and picked caterpillars off brassicas ready for planting. Looked around and everything else to do and sighed
      Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds!
      Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

      Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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      • Fed my allotment crops.

        Noticed that my watermelons have some sort of leaf blight, which I looked up and identified as Alternaria leaf blight. I picked off all the infected leaves then sprayed the rest with potassium bicarbonate solution, which acts as a fungicide. Hopefully I can keep it at bay long enough for the fruit to swell and ripen (I have at least 4 fruits set now, and two more which look like they might have set).
        The same thing seems to be affecting my melons, too, but those already have plenty of almost ripe fruit on them, so I'm not so bothered if they end up dying prematurely.

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        • Finally got my kale and sprouts in with collars on and under butterfly netting, I want a crop this winter after the Muntjacs last time! I still have all the PSB and various other brassicas, that I can't remember the names of, to get in.
          Lifted the last of the Charlottes, still have some in bags though and a full row of Nicolas.
          Then rain stopped play and I am knackered
          Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds!
          Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

          Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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          • Cut the grass and mulched beans and raspberries.
            Location....East Midlands.

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            • Cut diseased leaves off my melons, watermelons, squashes and tomatoes.
              Lifted the sweet potato stems to stop them rooting into bare ground along their length. The sweet potato plants really are starting to take over. The vines are going everywhere and they seem to get noticeably bigger each time I visit. The purple ones are also now flowering.
              In the process, discovered two more watermelons, so I put those into net bags to keep the slugs off them. That's a total of 5 watermelons bagged and growing. Hopefully they will ripen.
              Also unbagged the largest watermelon, as it was getting too big for the bag, and any larger and it would have been stuck and probably split the bag at the seams. Hopefully it's large enough now that the rind will be too tough for the slugs to bother with (it's probably a little over a kilo at this point).
              Pulled out the dead pea plants, along with the numerous weeds underneath, forked in some poultry manure, and planted out two rows of chicory plants and sowed one row of spinach.

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              • Not much in the garden just harvesting, feeding and sowing assorted lettuce.
                Location....East Midlands.

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                • Finally got the last of my brassicas in, I can't tell you how relieved I am to get that done!
                  Tied in the Squashes climbing up the arches. Weeded the sweetcorn and squash bed.
                  Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds!
                  Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

                  Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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                  • Harvested my first earlies, had been taking a few but decided to clear the bed. Very pleased with crop. Will grow annabelle again

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                      • Washed the bark on the silver birch trees - brings them up a treat
                      • Weeded asparagus
                      I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                      • Had to pull all my tomatoes on the allotment (apart from 2 plants which I hope to keep going for another week or two), and remove the haulms from the potatoes.

                        Dratted blight, first time I've had that, it doesn't happen often here in South London. Though with the kind of weather we've been having I knew it was only a question of time. Most plots on the allotment site seem to be affected.
                        Location: London

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                        • Cut down my JA's to 3ft they were shading the runners a bit to much, pulled out a trug full of self seeded Teasels from between the GH and garden wall. Still plenty left growing at the bottom of the garden for the birds.
                          Location....East Midlands.

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                          • Cut our wibbly wobbly hedge. Heather looking good on the Carn in the background.
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                            I live in a part of the UK with very mild winters. Please take this into account before thinking "if he is sowing those now...."

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                            • Fitted another window in the tea shed (made using a re-purposed shower screen) - makes it a lot lighter for cooking lotty fodder
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                              Location ... Nottingham

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                              • Nice looking shed MrB
                                Location....East Midlands.

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