Yesterday I decided to empty the carrot bath which was full of overwintering carrots:
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
It's still very cold to think of planting or sowing anything outside yet. However if you want to give your onion sets a good start instead of them lying in the cold and wet clay/earth. Why not plant them in compost filled trays or modules in the polytunnel, greenhouse, cold frame or indoor window sill?
Newly planted onion sets in my polytunnel. You can also see my "Japs" or winter onions growing on the right of the picture.
When you come to plant your onion sets in a couple of weeks or so they will have strong stalks and white sock roots.
Yes we know you can buy onions in net bags for 49 Cents from one of those discount supermarkets but it's not the same and you have to weed your homegrown ones.
I need to get some compost like "Jack's Magic" to start some peas off in modules and sow some Brussel sprouts seeds. Do any of you make your own potting compost? A John Innes number three recipe perhaps?
Do you grow your onions in compost in trays? The wife's just come back from town with 3 bales of Irish Moss Compost. They mus have been outside in the rain because they weigh a ton. Aren't I a lucky lad? Time to go potting up!
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
The seasons are really mixed up these days. We've got Azalea's flowering at the beginning of March:
Monday, 1 March 2021
I weeded and dug over another veg plot area today. I know it's still too cold to sow or plant anything. But I thought I would get the ground prepared before the rains return at the weekend.
Meanwhile back at the ranch or even bungalow. Wifey went to our German garden centre and beer providers the other day and came back with a handful of packets of cheap vegetables seeds. I filled up the some trays in propagators with potting compost and then she sowed some vegetable seeds in the front room window:
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Yep it's than time of the week again when I feature a favourite Rock Goddess. Can you guess who she is? Well her band is called Blondie yet a lot of folk thought she was Blondie herself.
Yes it's the one and only Debby Harry. She's 75 now and I still think she's gorgeous.
" I'm in love with a 75 year old Rock star."
Here's Debby Harry singing "Atomic". Hope it's the one with her all dressed up in a black bin bag ? You may have missed out buying new clothes in the January Sales that never happened. Reach out for a black bin liner and make your own sexy outfit!
Way back to 1980 when music was great:How long before we see some live music again? I see some music festivals are saying that they will be back this Summer. I'll believe it when I see it.
Saturday, 27 February 2021
The rain gods finally left us for a while on Thursday. So I got out my trusty gardening tools and set to work on this years proposed new potatoes plot. It was pretty overgrown but there is life in the old dog yet. Here's some pictures for your perusal:
Two lazy Azada hoes. The one on the left is my Crocodile Azada made by Chillington hoes. I have had it for over ten years. The one on the right was made in 2013 by number 1 son. Just type Azada in my blog search. It cost nothing and still works brilliantly. If you're taking on an overgrown allotment, they are the perfect tool for the job.
Friday, 26 February 2021
" What a difference a day makes" sang jazz singer Dinah Washington. Yesterday I was out in the gardens pruning my potted perennials and I decided to plant some seed potatoes that my friend gave me last Autumn.
They are British Queen tubers which he gave us for our Tea. But being the rather resourceful (Tightwad) that I am. We saved some of them to plant in the polytunnel:
Twelve chitted seed potatoes planted in homemade compost in old fish boxes. They have good drainage holes.
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