Sunday, 9 January 2022

January In The Polytunnel.

Welcome to my office: 'Portugal' my polytunnel friend.   I have been busy today taking Hebe cuttings and dividing some Osteospermums or Cape Daisies:


 

Makeshift potting bench.
Over wintering yellow Sedums, newly divided grasses and ginger Lily's on the right of the plastic chair.


Osteospermums  flowering.  My Spring cabbages have been devoured by snails.  



I made these Hebe cuttings today.  I took some three weeks ago and they have rooted in the microclimate conditions created by the plastic and humidity.  I only water once or twice a week at this time of year.  

Everything is saturated out in the veg plot and gardens but at least I can still potter about in the polytunnel.  

I have lots and lots of perennials and shrubs that I have grown from cuttings and division and sold them at carboot sales.  But now I I am seriously thinking of getting a traders licence and having my own plant stall.  Have you ever had a market stall? Any advice gladly appreciated.

Have you got anything growing in your greenhouse or polytunnel at the moment?

18 comments:

  1. I think a narket stall sounds like a great idea. You always have an abundance of healthy looking plants and cuttings so why not use them to your benefit?
    We are waiting to see what comes up in our new garden this coming spring and summer but P has already removed a sturdy conifer that looked like it would turn into a bit of a brute.

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  2. I have literally hundreds and hundreds of plants in pots JayCee. There aren't many openings to sell them in the countryside next to the sea and plant propagation is one of my passions. So I will look into getting a stall. Thanks for the advice.

    Yes it's always a good idea to wait and see what comes up in your new garden. Please post some photos of it on your blog. A cheap conifer can grow into a triffid which can cost a lot of move to remove in ten years time. I think P was right to remove the sturdy conifer.

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  3. A lot of move? A lot of Money even! Silly autocorrect!

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    1. I know... I've just noticed my comment says narket instead of market!

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  4. 🤔 I don't know. A narket sounds somewhere that Delboy and Rodders would sell some dodgy gear. 😊

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  5. I know nothing about the rules of the business there, but I can tell you that it is plain to see where your passion is. Getting into that business would make you a very happy chappy.

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  6. Yes you're so right Debby. I use to grow my own vegetables and erennials then I bought 'Portugal'and my plants and shrubs have overtook the veg plot. It's so true it's all about being happy and plant propagation is definitely a labour of love. Thanks.

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  7. Once took (stole) some hebe cuttings from bushes at work. I have to spend all my time pruning the flipping things now. They'd grow 10 feet tall if I let them.

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  8. Quite Tasker. Is it really stealing taking some Hebe cuttings? I suppose it is. Anthony Woodward wrote a wonderful book/memoir called Garden In The Clouds. He writes about little old ladies that butter wouldn't melt in their mouths,walking around estate garden with scissors and plastic bags and collecting cuttings. It's a great read. Hebes originate in New Zealand and they like it over here. They are fairly easy to propagate.

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  9. Get a stall. You've got more than enough stock. Make some money from yr hobby.
    There's a saying that a stolen plant will always grow better than one given. Heaven knows why

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  10. Hmm.. I need to read up on the subject Linda. Never heard the saying before. I suppose you will nurture a rare plant. I love it when a plant comes together. To misquote the A Team.😊 Thanks for the advice.

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  11. That looks great Dave. I hope you get a chance to sell some stuff at carboots soon. I suppose the way into a market stall is to look into it at your nearest town and see how the land lies.

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  12. Thanks Rachel. Thanks for the advice. I would love a stall at a market. It's just taking the plunge and getting a traders licence and personal liability insurance..? I will do some internet surfing and have a look if there any books about it?

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  13. You ask too many questions Dave! Are you working for The Gardai?

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  14. Only if they are the allotment Police YP.

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  15. Someone has literally dumped a poly tunnel frame in the lane at the end of our village - it looks to be in perfect nick. If I had the space I might even go get it. Meanwhile my neighbour has his eye on it.

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  16. Go for it Mark. If you only use it to drink or dry washing in (not my idea) or even grow stuff. Vegetables and perennials and shrubs... Lucky you.

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