Grow Your Own

Catching Up.

The weather lately has been atrocious and most of the time, even when I’ve had the get up and go to do it, I’ve not been able to do much. Thankfully the rain has lessened of late and I’ve managed to get my onion sets in and, with Ben’s help, the spuds are in the ground too. At the weekend I even sowed some parsnips and carrots. The weather lately has been atrocious and most of the time, even when I’ve had the get up and go to do it, I’ve not been able to do much. Thankfully the rain has lessened of late and I’ve managed to get my onion sets in and, with Ben’s help, the spuds are in the ground too. At the weekend I even sowed some parsnips and carrots.

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Mostly though I’ve been sowing in modules in the polytunnel and have got most of the brassicas off to a good start, tomatoes, chillies, sweet peas and leeks too. The tomatoes, having been potted on, don’t look very happy though and I’ll be sowing another lot soon. I’ve also put some spare seed spuds into buckets and bins.

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The temperatures in the tunnel are definately turning up a bit with the warmer weather. With the sun out the min/max thermometer has measured up to 42c.

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My chillies didn’t do very well last year so I took advantage of a magazine offer with DT Brown and ordered some plug plants. I’ve ordered some herbs too which will go towards filling in the gaps in the herb bed.

The chickens are laying again, having gone off lay a couple of months ago, or at least one of them is, but the rest will catch up. We lost a couple of hens over winter. Dark mornings and nights aren’t really a good time to own chickens, it makes checking on them difficult, they’re still in bed when I go to work and tucked up by the time I get back. All the food is always gone so it’s hard to tell if one of them is off colour and off their feed. Unfortunately, by the weekend it’s usually too late. After the first one died I took to going out there with a torch to check them a couple of times a week, but still lost another to what looked to be the same thing. Still, four chooks between three of us is still plenty of eggs and these things happen.

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I know it’s already April, but I got these Wolf Garten attachments for Christmas. The hoe is good, it’s a push and pull hoe, though I find it’s better at pulling than pushing and I do prefer my old stirrup hoe, only this is wider and a bit quicker if you don’t need to be too careful. The ridger is brilliant though. It cut a trench for the spuds in a matter of seconds. It’s like having a plough on a stick. Can’t wait to try it for earthing up.

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