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Post by Chilli-head on 5th January 2018, 12:09 pm

January. I've done the "peruse seed catalogues and be tempted to buy more than you possibly need" already.  My secateurs are sharp.  What now ?

First job for the weekend - shredding the Christmas tree. Mine, and any I an cadge from the neighbours for composting.  And the wreath can go in too; maybe a bit of winter pruning of apples whilst the machine is out.

Second job, tidy the shed.  I have intercepted a free standing shelf unit on its way to the skip at work, which should store my propagators in better order than the current heap.

Next - rebuilding the big propagating frame.  I had pest problems (caterpillars) in the greenhouse last summer so cleared everything out.  I'll rebuild the sand tray; I've collected some sheets of an expanded polythene material which can form an insulating layer on the floor, and have a few bags of plastering sand left over to go on top with the heating cable in it.  I'm thinking to sow some micro-herbs this year, watching a programme on TV last night they found broccoli sprouts to be pretty healthy eating.  I can use the black plastic trays that vegetables come in (that I now know aren't actually recycled despite being collected in the recycling bins) and various slightly old seed - it will serve as a germination test too !


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Post by Dandelion on 5th January 2018, 1:07 pm

My winter jobs are more to do with closing the garden down for a spell as I don't know when I will be able to get out there and look after it this year. So I'm covering raised beds with compost then a layer of plastic (which then blows off in the winter storms - so I'll be out there tomorrow problem solving...!) Also just trying to leave things neat and tidy, as much as it's possible to do: cutting back the wild area around the pond, getting stuff into the compost bins, pruning the apples.

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th January 2018, 8:14 pm

I've been busying myself in the garden today.  I've cleaned out the greenhouse and cleaned the glass ready for a fresh start. Feeling the excitement start to come back   Very Happy

I've also collected another Christmas tree from a neighbour for logs and compost.  The heap is full now !
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Post by Dandelion on 13th January 2018, 11:23 pm

It was so lovely to have some mild weather - I was in the garden too, just trying to tidy out the greenhouse, but I suddenly noticed that one of the apple trees was growing right over the fence into the neighbour's garden. I did some radical pruning (we have asked the neighbours to help themselves to the fruit but it always seems to stay on the tree, so it seemed a good idea to cut it back). There's a lot more I want to do in the garden, in the tidying-up line, so I hope it's mild again tomorrow afternoon!!

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