Tidying up

We know many of you are keen on gardening, so here's your latest plot: dug over, weed free and ready to sow the seeds of new ideas...

 
 
 

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Tooodlepips

Tidying up

every year I swear I'll clear up the veggie garden and polytunnel as I go. I never do ... things are alwasys so much harder (and more dismal) to clear up once the frost has got to them.

But at least I've made a good start today ... and my compost areas are loaded with the plant remnents.

I've cleared the polytunnel, all of the tomatoes, butternut, beans, cucumber and sunflowers. That's made a good start but still loads to do.

I really want to start next year off with everything done - beds cleared and dug/weeded were needed, all ready for planting up.

How are you doing with your veggie plot? Behind schedule or everything cleared away?

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Expat Badger

Tidying up

moved to our first house this summer (from a flat) and have a small ready made veg patch.

i weeded it in summer (pulled up a lonely carrot!)and have since been looking at it out the window thinking 'must get some compost for that....

far as i've got!!!

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Karen`s Kitchen

Plant Pots!!

Just when we think we are up to date with washing dozens of plant pots, all of a sudden this time of year arrives and there`s loads to empty from the greenhouse. Then they tend to get left over winter, filled with rainwater, it ices up, leaves fall in them we are left with a slimy rank mess come Springtime.

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Expat Badger

tidying up

sounds to me like you need a shed!!

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Tooodlepips

Badger .. if I had a shed it would be a case of "don't open that door, things fall out"!!!

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Biggles !

Tidying Up!!

Oh dear me NO; still playing 'catch up'. Can report great success with the chicken area; cleaned out, disinfected etc and we are currently looking after some friends chooks. In just 9 days they have made an enormous impression on the 'wasteland'. Will definately be getting my own little flock next year :0)

We have 3 veggie plots which need a fair bit of maintenance but the sprouts are doing quite nicely (I'm hoping they may be ready to cook in April for Christmas 2010).

We have quite an extensive laurel hedge which has been mostly neglected for 5 years and had grown quite out of control, up into the telephone wires and a fair bit of bramble intertwined, to boot. With the help of our good fiends we have reduced the overall height to something more manageable. Next day it is dry one we need to finish the job and level off the top. I'm not even thinking about the even longer natural hedgerow (Heinz 57 variety and Baxters All Sorts) which borders a little used lane. Good news (for us) on that front is that the hedge is at a much higher level than the lane so is not posing a problem to the sheep farmers and ramblers who use it.

I now have a 5 year rolling plan for the garden; what doesn't get done this year is rolled over into the next year and so on..... :0)

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Dottie May

Tidying Up

I managed to get a chappie to help sort out the rose bed of weeds and also to prune shrubs and chop brambles etc. so the place is looking much tidier. I was given a compost bin which you have to turn each day. My compost, which is now ready to use, was transferred to the new bin and although I don't have to turn it, it is too heavy to turn anyway. Now need to spread it over the rose bed! Got loads of garden rubbish to get rid of, too much to burn but have found another man who has a trailer and will take it away for me. The greenhouse is quite tidy after a great crop of tomatoes this year but still have some Geraniums in flower which I'm loathe to get rid of because they are still colourful. I no longer take cuttings of them like I used to - had so many failures. By the way I remember someone suggested velcro for fastening bubble wrap to an aluminium greenhouse - I found the very thing in Aldi but haven't tried it out yet. Many thanks. Will have a go next week. Although the colours are looking lovely, we now have loads of leaves falling everywhere....grrrrrrhh. Dottie Mayx

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Nicole le Strange

Grrrrr leaves!

Leaves are the bane of my life at the moment (and pigeons too!); my 17th C garden is on the edge of some woodland, so right now I seem to spend most of my time raking away leaves, or tipping them off the netted beds. I'm tempted to just leave them until they've finished falling; however, I just know that if I did that, the garden would disappear under a 6" sea of gold! Pretty but not practical! On the upside, plenty of potential leafmould!

Other jobs at the moment include making some more low wattle fences for the beds, general hoeing, and extending the dye and herb beds, building a large greenhouse up at the permaculture farm, seed collecting, checking the plans for next year and ordering in any seed I may need for the next season.

Who says there's little to do during winter?!

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Tooodlepips

my compost bin (built with pallets) is now full to the brim.... the second one is about halfway up and the third one needs to be emptyied out of the compost which is now ready to use.

I've loads more 'waste' to go in them so hoping they start decomposing really quickly!

I believe peeing on them (easier for the boys!) speeds things up ... but I think I'll just wait the extra time!!!

 
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