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I love your raised bed Sue. I have 2 of them, similar to yours, usually I grow cucumbers there. I think these beds are very well for my back:)
We have used it to grow salad ingredients in the garden, Nadezda rather than all on the plot.
Sounds like a wonderful day at work in the garden and greenhouse. I so miss my old greenhouse. Nothing tops that wonderful smell of earth when you first walk in.Enjoy
It was nice and warm in there, Sue
The weather is certainly here to be out there and starting to move things in the direction of Spring!Love your raised beds. Hoping to get some of my own sometime soon to eradicate bending!
Raised beds are certainly good for the back, Deborah.
I put my shallots into modules yesterday Su and likewise found some rather big boys. I'm sure that I read somewhere that it's better to plant them small but don't know for definite. Anyway I've just put the smaller ones in for now. What sort of bag do you use for sowing your salad leaves ?
I had no choice with regards to size, Anna. The bags are reusable hessian bags from Marshalls as shown here on this page
Moving the Woodblocx bed must have been tricky. The wood is pretty heavy, even when new. Having been outside I expect it was saturated with moisture too, and thus even heavier.
It was heavy, Mark. Fortunately it didn't need to go far. One end was levered up using a pickaxe and them we pushed.
You have been busy, its been such good weather for gardening, unfortunately I had a busy weekend and couldn't get much time out there. I'm hoping for a nice day tomorrow to get some jobs done. I think I'll do the same with my shallots and onions
There is no way our ground is suitable for planting, Anna. It wouldn't be usually but certainly isn't this year.
I'm very impressed that you managed the Woodblocx bed. That must have taken some doing xx
It did Jo, see my comment to Mark. It had to be emptied first too.
Love the winter pot, and what a gorgeous table and chair. Well done on moving the raised bed. I'm wondering if I should try planting some onions at this time of year, I've not tried it before but maybe they would do better for me. My first peach flower is out today. Last year the flowers all had tiny peaches, but they almost all fell off. I'm not sure if that's because they weren't pollinated (the "peaches" were the size of a small petit pois) or just a sort of early fruit drop. There were maybe 14-20 left.
I bought the table and chairs with the gift cheque I was given when I left work, CJ. Let's hope for at least one peach each this year.
Thank you for telling us about Oca. I had never heard of them. You will have to report on they do and what they taste like.
I hadn't heard of them either Alain but since them a few Bloggers have mentioned them. I will certainly be posting about them.
Passion fruit always grows like crazy here and there.
Ours doesn't produce the fruits to eat, Endah. They look like orange eggs. It's rampant her too and needs strict control. The roots of this one are buried under concrete.
Cold Frame Courtyard - what a great name! I love growing oca - the foliage is delightful, so even if you don't like the taste of the tubers, you will have something pretty to look at this summer!
I'm glad that you give oca the thumbs up. Sarah. Do you grow it in the ground or a large tub.
I start it in a pot indoors and plant out once all danger of frost has passed. That said, I forgot about some & left them in pots on the sheltered side of the grain store two years ago, and they came back anyway. (I wouldn't recommend this method though!)
Sorry to comment again - I forgot to ask.... do you find a significant benefit in starting onion and shallot sets in modules?
No problem. We would have to wait a while before the soil was ready to plant outside, Saran. This way the sets develop a root system and shoots earlier and the sets have less chance of shrivelling. You need to get them out before they become root bound or the plants are set back and often don't recover. We do find that the plants grow away quicker than the ones we plants direct. The bulbs produced generally are a bit bigger giving us a variety of sizes. I'll try to remember to write a post compating this year.
That's interesting. I get a bit fed up with weeds in onion beds - I wonder if this might cut back the whole weeding thing by a week or three?
Good to see you powering ahead with all the jobs. I have a passion flower that needs pruning to but has all sorts of other climbers growing through it, it does complicate things! Love your raised beds, I have three of my six and it's dawning on me that they'll take some filling!xxx
They certainly will, Dina
Lots of good work going on there Sue. I almost bought some shallot sets this year, but decided I probably wouldn't have time to look after them with everything else going on - and everything else I was wanting to bring on in the greenhouse.
If we lacked space, we probably wouldn't grow onions or shallots as they really aren't that much better than those that you can buy, Janet. They do take a lot of room to store them too.
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