Friday, 19 February 2010

Number 5

It was minus 3 overnight and bitterly cold first thing, but by noon the sun was shining and it was a glorious day to be working outside. Have finally worked out how to level one of these frames and bed # 5 definitely looks very smart compared to the first four . . . which are all going to have to be sorted out - eventually! Dug over the soil at 'ground level' and added 14 barrow loads of perfectly rotted cow manure - pure gold!

Much of England has another blanket of snow - you're all quite welcome to it. I prefer what we have at Bag End today.

11 comments:

  1. I bet you can hardly wait now to start planting in them?

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  2. Correct! The two beds nearest the house are destined for strawberries and rhubarb but I suspect by the time the soil is warm enough for planting it will be way too late to see any crop this year. Expect Flumery and Hazel will tell me what to do!

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  3. It's all looking great Bilbo, how many more are you building? The wood pile still looks quite big :o)

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  4. Thanks SewAli, in this phase of operations {{gg}} there are 8 in total and you can see the three which need to be finished in the same picture. Just waiting for it to thaw out enough than I get go outside and make a start.

    The wood pile over on the left is for something else ..... (isn't it always in this place!)

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  5. No snow here Bilbo - though we had -3 last night. If you buy strawberry runners now (or ask Flum to post you some) you can get them in and take a small crop from them this year. I have Marshmello - very sweet and flavourful.

    I would seek out a decent named variety of rhubarb - it lasts ages, it might as well be good. I have Stockbridge Arrow (from Marshall's I think) - a wonderful red, long-stalked variety. Victoria is famous as is Timperley Early. I used to live near Timperley.

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  6. Dear Veg Heaven - thank you Oh Wise Woman, that is great news about the strawberry runners, I thought they had to be in the previous autumn. Mrs Flummery is such a kind gardener, always so willing to share. Do you think she would like some seed saved from organic Butternut Squash and Pumpkin (both delicious and delivered with the organic box)

    I did buy a rhubarb crown last year but planting delays means it had to live in a tub and I don't think it has made it through the winter. Eventually I will learn NEVER to buy plants until I have the ground ready for them

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  7. Never assume a rhubarb crown is dead! They rather like a good frosting. Mine aren't showing any sign of life yet but I know they are still there.
    Thanks for the seeds offer but I never manage to ripen butternuts here and I have a few pumpkins left from a packet of small sized ones!

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  8. Thanks for the rhubarb advice, I'll move the tubs somewhere safe and keep an eye on them.

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  9. I confess to feeling a little envy at the beautiful order and symmetry of your beds. Sowing and growing will be such a delight. Enjoy x

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  10. All that cow manure sounds wonderful! It's not easy here in London getting hold of good stuff.

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  11. Thank you Nic, don't be too envious - sometimes my need for order and symmetry is quite a curse {smile}, although if I say so myself, now I've sorted out the levels the two beds I've done this week do look smart and I will have to re-align the first four to match!

    Matron, we are lucky to have a farm at the top of the road and they drive past us to take muck to their fields, in fact, the grandson has probably gone by 20 times today. I know I have to wait until they have covered their fields to see what is left. Having had this pile on the drive since last April has been a nuisance but it is now completely rotted and pure "black gold", I do appreciate how fortunate I am to have access to it.

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