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Post by Chilli-head on 1st January 2020, 9:32 am

So the new year is upon us, and we can start planning for the next harvest. I see some resolve in the tail of the December thread - what new plans do you have ?

One job for me is tearing up the front garden for a new soak away. I need to find a way of incorporating water storage that will pass the aesthetic requirements of Mrs C-H. It is so dry, the plan is to go for Mediterranean planting - herbs, I fancy a lot of rosemary. Maybe an Olive ?
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Post by FloBear on 1st January 2020, 9:47 am

Decided yesterday that the smaller raised bed will this year have dedicated chicken-greens. No other plans yet.
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Post by freebird on 1st January 2020, 10:49 am

I suspect that 'so dry' isn't going to be a phrase I use very often now!

I'm hoping that this year I will be able to grow a few basic veg - I have one veg plot cooking nicely under composted manure and cardboard, and just little space in the greenhouse for a few tomatoes and perhaps a cucumber. If I am lucky, I will have a little soft fruit from the bushes I worked so hard to get in before winter.

Apart from that, I need to carry on creating the infrastructure that will support the rest of my fruit and veg growing ambitions.
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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd January 2020, 12:58 pm

This weekend's job of course is packing away Christmas. This means I can have the tree for shredding for the compost heap Very Happy With any luck, I'll be able to collect some others to join it. Lots of kitchen waste form Christmas too, and of course corrugated cardboard. And I picked up two big bags of coffee grounds from a Starbucks on the way back home from visiting the Aged Ps, which can also add to the mix.

I do wish composting was an enthusiasm more widely shared !
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Post by Ploshkin on 4th January 2020, 12:54 pm

I've spent the last 3 afternoons, with a hand trowel and loppers, excavating round the stump of my 21 year old blackcurrant bush. It finally came free yesterday. I've only got one smaller blackcurrant to get out then I should be nearly ready to erect the fruit cage. I've got to remove a fence first but as most of the posts and stakes are rotten that shouldn't be too difficult.
The polytunnel is all cleared except for the carrots and chard I'm still harvesting. I should have put in broad beans before the winter but didn't do I'll get some in now together with a new lot of carrots.
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Post by Dandelion on 5th January 2020, 5:34 pm

Hooray - the wretched hydrangea is dug up at last, and the two sacks and one gorilla tub* of roots and runners have gone to the tip to be shredded and composted. The cleared ground looks like a mud bath, so I'm leaving it until spring.
*Those big plastic tubs with handles. We've always called them gorilla tubs, but when I went to buy a new one the lady in Homebase didn't know what a gorilla tub was, and told me they were called 'garden trugs'. A trug to me is a wooden basket!!

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Post by freebird on 5th January 2020, 10:03 pm

Well done Ploshkin and Dandelion. It takes a lot of perseverance and grim determination to tackle really overgrown stuff. Reckon I've earned my stripes since we moved here.
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Post by Ploshkin on 6th January 2020, 9:35 am

Mr P does everything with a machine. Normally it would have been a case of attach a chain to the stump and rip it out with the telehandler. Unfortunately, there are 2 sheds in the way so I am having to do this plot manually. It's pretty claggy here too Dandelion.
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Post by freebird on 6th January 2020, 9:43 am

Ploshkin wrote:Mr P does everything with a machine.  Normally it would have been a case of attach a chain to the stump and rip it out with the telehandler.  Unfortunately, there are 2 sheds in the way so I am having to do this plot manually.  It's pretty claggy here too Dandelion.

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Post by frankbeswick on 15th January 2020, 10:46 pm

As I am still recovering from orthopaedic problems I am relying on my eldest son to help me on the allotment. We are making good progress in preparing for the coming year, tidying and clearing beds.
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Post by Chilli-head on 16th January 2020, 5:36 pm

Hope you make a good recovery. Useful to have some help on hand though - I don't think my son would be all that useful at the allotment !

What do you usually grow, will this limit your ambition this year, or will you muddle through ? I remember planting new potatoes into holes dug left handed with the trowel, no compost or anything added, when I broke my right wrist. They did just fine !
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Post by frankbeswick on 16th January 2020, 6:23 pm

I grow staples: potatoes, onions, peas, cabbages, leeks, fruit, rhubarb, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, marrows and pumpkins.

To adjust to my medical condition I have converted the plot to mainly containers and raised beds.
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Post by Chilli-head Yesterday at 4:10 pm

I don't know where you are Frank, but I live in quite a dry part of the country (Well, usually ! not ATM), and I struggle to keep containers watered. I'm not very diligent, I guess. And I go walkabout too often.

I may pop to the allotment this weekend. I'm hoping to find time for cooking something with game, red cabbage (if the deer haven't found it), parsnip chips and leeks. That will be just about all that's left at the lotty !
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Post by frankbeswick Yesterday at 4:46 pm

Sounds good. I am in Stretford, Greater Manchester. We don't suffer much with dry conditions in what is known to be a rainy city.
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