WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE GARDEN TODAY - 2021

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  1. john558

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    I cut the grass dressed in Thermal Top, Cardigan, Body Warmer and Fleece.....oh and Trousers. Bitter cold with nice bright Sun though.
     
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      Finishing off the structural bits on the shed in the bitter wind and snow! I've been using all the off cuts and bits that I can to recycle as much as possible so it's a bit patchy in parts...
       
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        Offloaded some tomato plants onto Mum. Sowed Kabocha pumpkin seeds. Lettuce and cabbage still in the greenhouse but dragged in overnight last night (including the hydrangeas) it was indeed freezing and a little snowy. Might have to do the same again tonight.

        Really need to pot up some tomato plants but just don't know where to put them as it's still so annoyingly cold. I was hoping mid-April temps might be looking better but maybe not.

        Was planning to sow some salad onions as filler crop this weekend but can't decide now... Should I top up the bed with my elephant garlic in (lots of space as I only planted 4 mono-bulbs) or in between the lower onion crops which makes them much easier to look after (I have a very small plot, on a hill, so crops at the top tend to be the "left alone" stuff to avoid scrambling up to get them!)

        Saying that, I've just gone to pull my washing in and it's snowing. So maybe I should start the onions off inside and transplant them out in a bit... stupid April!
         
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          Potted up a tray of Cosmos and prepared another batch of compost for potting up more seedlings over the next day or two.

          Have to go to the GC to get some more M P compost at some point and to get another Blueberry plant too.
          Brought most of the plants/ seedlings in for tonight as it's dipping to -5 here tonight. Only left a few trays in the greenhouse in the bubble wrapped section which once again have 4 layers of fleece over them as well.:dbgrtmb:
           
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          • pete

            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            Took the glass out of three sides of the greenhouse, on the allotment, as that is the only way to get the weeds out growing between the cacti growing there.
            And I've got the wounds to prove it.:mad::biggrin:
             
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            • EmmaJane

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              Technically, I've done nothing in the garden today due to a raging blizzard* - inside, I finally got around to sowing some things I got from America. Three each of passiflora incarnata, 4 O'Clocks, moon flowers and hummingbird vine (I hold out little hope of attracting any hummingbirds in Bedfordshire though lol). Fingers crossed something grows :biggrin:

              *Okay, slight exaggeration, but I feel the snow was most uncalled for - I hope everyone's gardens weren't too affected.
               
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              • Logan

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                Thanks @EmmaJane no mine wasn't but we did get a few snow Flores this afternoon.
                Pricked out some more marigolds and potted on some lupins.
                 
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                  Played a very boring game of moving everything out of GH to start hardening off and then moving back in when it snowed. Had several rounds of this and then gave up. It was freezing at times so I retired to the shed, which was a snuggly 15 degees. Had a tidy up and a shift around to make some space for when Tom’s are ready to be pricked out. Pricked out Cosmos and Calendula.

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                    How long does it take for your 4 O'Clocks to germinate. Mine seem to take forever and I believe some of them won't ever!

                    I get lots of hummingbirds here. They really love my salvia. I always have a feeder out for when they start coming around in the summer so they won't be disappointed by slow flowering.
                     
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                      This is the first time I've tried them so I'm not sure - Google reckoned 7-10 days but it's lead me astray before. I'll keep in mind it may take a while and not give up too early so thanks for that :)

                      I wish I got hummingbirds, the most unusual thing I've had in my garden is a newt - I'd be up for a swap if you are lol :biggrin:

                      @Logan glad to hear it - hope your marigolds and lupins do well :)
                       
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                        If you mean Mirabilis jalapa, I have now sown three times and never got them to germinate ... yet they grow wild here. I have tried cultivated and wild but no success but I am sowing direct in the ground. I have given up now,
                         
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                          I have tried several times in the past too......zilch!!:sad:
                           
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                            Yesterday I had every intention of getting a lot of my bean poles erected but it didn't quite go as planned. The first job is to sort out the stack of canes. They stand all winter leaning against a silver birch tree as we have nowhere to store them (about 200). I sort them into sizes and throw away those that have finally given up the ghost (haven't bought any for years).

                            That normally takes about half an hour and they're all neatly on the lawn in their sizes. Largest ones for runner beans, next size down for climbing French beans and the others either for plant supports or (the broken ones) for cross supports on the bean frames.

                            The bean areas had been composted and dug in the Autumn and they are then covered with the plastic membrane that the beans will grow through. Holes are there already for them to be planted so, over the winter, some of them have weeds growing which will need removing before the canes are put in.

                            I usually leave the bean roots in over winter to release chemicals back into the soil. They normally pull out very easily when I put the canes in - but not this time! They must have grown like mad last year and the main rootball on each is the size of a swede :rolleyespink:. I put in two plants per hole so I guess the roots grew into each other. So, with all weeding done (easy to get out) I started on digging out the rootballs. I have to use a trowel as the holes in the plastic are not large enough for a fork.

                            With all that bending necessary I only got part way down one row before my back told me off. :noidea:

                            I have taken a wheelie bin down there and if all the rootballs are that size it will end up being full. We had about 150 runner bean plants and 100 French beans but I don't expect the French to be that big - but didn't expect the runners to to be like it either. so I shall do the job in just half hour stints as there will be plenty of time before planting.
                             
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                            • pete

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                              4 o'clock plants sowed 6 seeds now have 6 plants. :whistle:
                              I sowed at 75-80f up in just over a week.
                               
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                                QUOTE="EmmaJane, post: 1310866, member: 25151"]@Logan glad to hear it - hope your marigolds and lupins do well[/QUOTE]
                                Thank you @EmmaJane
                                 
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