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dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 17 3:57 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

3 things up in the chilli dept (probably chillies but hard to tell at that stage)

first mange tout peas about 2" tall (soak before planting helps make em quick )

i recon on planting the first round of mustard and radish in the next few days, then weekly after that

gil
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 17 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just finished clearing beds/greenhouse, and still hedge-cutting.
Nothing's getting sown or planted outside till May.

I really should start some seeds off indoors, though. Or in the potting shed.

frewen



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 17 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have madder growing quite vigorously- which is nice because I thought I had dug it all up!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 17 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If madder roots are anything like Ladies Bedstraw, which is of the same family, that is very hard to do.

My onion sets are coming up quite well now. No sign of the root vegetables, but I live in hopes. Cabbages and spinach doing well in the greenhouse.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 17 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Weather and damp has returned, so seedlings aren't going out to play today (so far beetroot and chinese cabbage have emergd)
Nothing seems to have eaten the planted-ou peas. Yet.

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 17 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm still holding off just a little longer before I plant my indigo seeds

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 17 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

two out of three are alive and look like chilli leaves

peas in a trough doing well (edit peas in bramble hedge eaten by sammy mouse )

a few onion tips are showing

more stuff to go in is waiting and needs getting but getting might be plants in a few weeks rather than seeds now.

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 17 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The greenhouse is looking healhy with rows of seedlings on the shelves growing nicely now. The courgettes, cucumbers, squash are coming up now too; once they are out of the propagator its time for Sweetcorn and French Beans.
Made pots of Broccoli and Stilton soup (for the freezer) from the PSB glut - must remmeber to sow them again in May for next years spring crop.
Bit miffed that I bought a fresh packet of Medania spinach seeds (T & M) and from 18 pots (3 seeds in each pot) just 6 seedlings have germinated - thats approx 11% - rubbish! I often find T & M seeds to be expensive and poor quality. I'll take them back to the garden centre for a refund.
By way of contrast I have a large pack of Norli mangetout peas from Molesseeds that I have had for nearly 10 years (stored in the open packet that they arrived in) - year after year they still germinate and grow well!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 17 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am afraid I have found T&M seeds rather reluctant to germinate, which is why I tend to buy the cheaper, but other well known varieties like Suttons etc. I always germinate pea and bean seeds in the house as the mice go for them, even in the greenhouse. Our next door neighbour when we first came here warned us about that, and he was right; the little beasts had our open ground planted seeds the first year and we had to resow in pots and plant out.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 17 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
I always germinate pea and bean seeds in the house as the mice go for them, even in the greenhouse. Our next door neighbour when we first came here warned us about that, and he was right; the little beasts had our open ground planted seeds the first year and we had to resow in pots and plant out.

Its for that very same reason I sow in pots in the greenhouse. My garden is a haven for wildlife - mice, rats, rabbits, pigeons - all who have the same taste in fruit and veg as we do!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 17 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

t and m never seem to do well since the early 1970's when there was a change of management. best avoided.

Slim



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 17 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cornus mas is flowering, daffodils and tulips are emerging but still a ways away from flowering

I saw some hepatica blooming in a very warm spot in the woods this afternoon

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 17 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's some happy picks of this years seedlings:


NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 17 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, you're well ahead! I haven't done anything about squashes yet.

Also I think we're due a cold snap tonight?

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 17 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've a small electric fan heater (with a thermostat) in the greenhouse to keep the cold at bay. I think it was 10 or even less.

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