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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1700 on: 11 November, 2023, 08:57:46 pm »
Dug up a bumper crop of fartichokes today. Of course these are just from bits of root left last year.

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1701 on: 11 November, 2023, 09:29:47 pm »
Finally got round to planting the cowslips that I raised from seed collected fresh from the garden last year.
There were 72 plugs, each with about a dozen young plants.
We used an auger, as pictured by Mrs Pingu in the Spring.
OH used the auger and battery drill to make holes in the grass area, and I just stuffed the plugs in.
Only took about half an hour. We should have two new drifts of cowslips by next year.

Oddly, the existing area of cowslips produced very few flowers and seeds this year - I suspect the very dry summer of 2022 meant they didn't build up enough reserves. The plants are healthy enough.

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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1702 on: 11 November, 2023, 10:49:28 pm »
I sowed some cowslip seed a couple of months back. No sign of anything yet. (Same for the bugloss and borage)

On Monday I planted the last 20 Allium Nectaroscordum Siculum in the garden at work. There are a lot of rabbits up there so they may not come to anything, but I tried.   
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1703 on: 15 November, 2023, 05:56:46 pm »
We have uprooted two of the triffids Jerusalem artichokes which were blown over by recent winds and blocking our access to the back garden. Jan has been gathering the tubers for consumption later.

From my experience they don't store well so use them soon  I've got a bucket outside my door fulani need to sort. Feel sorry for my colleagues next week

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1704 on: 23 December, 2023, 01:40:18 pm »
Cut down the last of our clematis now the seed heads are over. Noticed it had started to shoot in places. Also raked up more leaves - spits amazing just how many a small Quince can drop!
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1705 on: 26 December, 2023, 03:59:58 pm »
As it's not raining and we had nothing planned for today, I managed to get a couple of hours in the garden.
The twenty year old blackcurrant bushes have gone. They were becoming less productive year on year, despite pruning and are blocking light from the greenhouse.
We will get some more, but will put them in a different bed.
I've also removed a buddleia which is not MrsC's favourite plant and was definitely in the wrong place. As I know there is some root still there, this may only be a temporary fix.
Obviously loads still to do, but the combination of decent weather at a weekend when I have spare time is a rarity, so I need to make the most of any opportunities.
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1706 on: 06 January, 2024, 04:06:24 pm »
A dry day, at the weekend, when I was actually at home.
The compost heaps have been turned. The compost which was ready has been used to mulch the large border. All the other bags of old compost from pots and so on has also been used as a mulch.
When written down that doesn't seem much but it has taken several hours and quite a lot of effort. Add that to this morning's parkrun and I should sleep well tonight.
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1707 on: 13 January, 2024, 02:45:33 pm »
Covered my hebes in fleece being as we have a cold snap forecast from tonight for the next week.
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1708 on: 14 January, 2024, 08:51:08 am »
Actually got up the plot yesterday. Harvested artichokes, parsnips and some leeks which were more like large spring onions.

Lots of plots looked abandoned with pumpkins and squashes rotting on which is sad. I'm likely to not plant anything in that plot as father in law wants me to start taking on his plot which is more local and we can also split work which works for me

Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1709 on: 04 February, 2024, 05:32:46 pm »
The roses in the front garden have had their annual prune. I started yesterday, doing an hour or so when we were back home rather earlier than anticipated. There are nine or ten bushes. I also had to removed a dead woody penstemon and cut a couple of hazels to the ground to get at some of the roses. I seem to have little holes all over my hands!
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1710 on: 05 February, 2024, 04:57:46 pm »
Cut up a willow into short logs.

Only a small tree, trunk about 15cm. We have a line of grey willows, shallow rooted, they get blown over in bad storms.

This one was hung up on some other small trees, so was awkward to get down.

Took ages with pruning saw and bowsaw. Not a very large pile of wood after a lot of sawing!
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1711 on: 11 February, 2024, 12:19:50 pm »
The roses in the front garden have had their annual prune. I started yesterday, doing an hour or so when we were back home rather earlier than anticipated. There are nine or ten bushes. I also had to removed a dead woody penstemon and cut a couple of hazels to the ground to get at some of the roses. I seem to have little holes all over my hands!
And now all the roses in the back garden have been sorted. Job done for the next 12 months or so.
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Re: What have you done on the plot today?
« Reply #1712 on: 12 February, 2024, 09:25:55 am »
A little bit of weeding, and admired the one crocus that has bloomed. There are lots of other bulbs appearing.