Saturday, 24 March 2018

Getting Back In To Growing In The Polytunnel and Veg Plot


Ten of my Laurel cuttings that I made in November.  I decided to see if they had struck roots.  They have took and I have potted them on.  The great thing about putting them in pots is that they are portable and can be planted at any time of the year.  






 Under the Laurels is my trusty tub of rooting powder, scissors, poly-tunnel repair tape and plant labels.
 My Japs.  Winter onions planted last Autumn,.  They could do with a good hand weed and hoe.
 Griselinia hedging growing in an old plastic bath.
 Tractor tyre, car tyre and a tractor wheel used for growing strawberries.


Some of my plants and Elephant garlic grown in pots.  I have made lots of perennials and cuttings to sell.  The Elephant garlic is grown in pots (drainage) and will be planted in a ridge when I have weeded everywhere!  I will probably dig over some of the weedy areas and use the weeds for a green manure.  What have you been doing on your veg plot and polytunnel?

14 comments:

  1. Today I've been to the weekly farmers market and bought a cabbage, some carrots, onions, leeks, spinach, and parsley and at another stall some pieces of chicken to make a nourishing soup. The people at the market are just like I imagine you in your poly-tunnel Dave!

    I was disturbed to come across something called Ireland 2040 which your politicians are pushing. Something about a million immigrants. I hope it's not true. I think of Ireland as being Irish. One of the last surviving Gaelic countries with it's own traditions, as is Wales (Cymru).

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  2. Sounds like a very good nourishing soup Gwil.

    I have heard of Ireland 2040. I will be 76 if I still live here. Dunno what or who is going to pay for it all? I know Yorkshire and London have bigger populations than Ireland. Thanks!

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  3. I bought a cabbage in Waitrose for £1 and some peas to go with the lamb joint we are having tonight and a lemon and a lime my cooking during the week. That's it. No vegetable gardening for me nowadays. I used to enjoy growing runner beans because they look nice when they are growing up canes with red flowers and they are my favourite vegetable.

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  4. I love Limes. We don't grow massive amounts of vegetables. Just a few rows of new potatoes. Carrots,cabbages,lettuces, onions .. I use to grow beetroots and parsnips for my mum and dad. Strange how certain vegetables can make you feel sad. Know what you mean about the wonderful runner bean flowers. A veg plot is like a living painting. Korean Amber Beef for tea tonight again. Thanks!

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  5. I am very impressed with your efforts in the poly. We still do not have a poly, but we are milking our two cows now!

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  6. Thanks Vera. Even on a wet day you can still garden if you have a poly. Especially if you live in Ireland. Thanks!



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  7. The laurels are taking over my large garden. Two varieties, one more profuse than the other. I have given up trying to control them.

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  8. Yes laurels can take over if you let them. I like them because they aren't deciduous and they trim up best with hand-shears. I would be making cuttings if they belonged to me and selling or giving the plants away later in the year. Thanks!

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  9. Things are ramping up here in the poly tunnel lots of seedlings, still have some winter salad growing,the second poly tunnel I am starting a new project

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    1. Hi Dawn,

      Good to read that your polytunnels are very productive. I love mine , especially on wet days like today. I made 100 new perennial plants on Saturday. They have gone straight out on to a path on the veg plot. Look forward to reading about your new polytunnel project!

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  10. Good to see you have a few weeds (as do I), I hate to see other people's spotlessly weed-free patches.

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    1. Hi Cro. If weeds won't grow, nothing will grow. My veg plot is made out of old pasture and I always cover it in cow manure which is a cold manure. So I have no shortage of nettles and creeping buttercup. I believe buttercups love damp meadows and nettles love nitrogen. No real pernicious weeds problems. But yes we always have weeds. Sometimes they get dug in for a green manure and some times I weed them. Thanks!

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  11. Tell me about taking Griselinia. Do you take the tips as cuttings, strip the bottom leaves. use the rooting powder and stick it in compost? I think it is the hedging opposite my house and they will probably let me cut some off as it is growing all over the place.

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