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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 22 Entries.
Sunday, March 1 View Page
A rare glimpse of the sun, its been a very wet winter here. I'm still undecided as to my plans for this coming season but I never had any plans to replace my poly tunnel sheet. I do know that this will be my marrow/field pumpkin patch and I'll be running 20 plants here but how many of each I don't know yet. Good luck to all!
 
Saturday, March 7 View Page
Big thank you to the GPC for my fantastic award, and thank you to Ian and Stewie for picking it up for me in Vegas ang getting it to me so quickly. WELL HAPPY!.
 
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
I think I've finally settled on my plans for this coming season after changing my mind several times, i had initially planned to grow an ag in this tunnel but given the uncertainty of there being any weigh offs to take them to this fall due to coronavirus I've now decided to use this area to grow food for this season. It'll be nice to rest this area and grow a non cucurbit crop anyway as its been either Marrows or pumpkins here for years now.
 
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
So I've decided to just concentrate on what I consider to be my strong points, Marrows, cucumbers and field pumpkins. Never grown a field pumpkin before but from what I gather they are very much like Marrows and some say they don't suffer splits quite as bad. Weigh offs or no weigh offs coronavirus won't stop me growing. Here's my little cucumber tunnel, currently growing some new potatoes in here. Unheated, just been touched by the frost but that's OK they'll come back.
 
Thursday, April 9 View Page
The weather is warming up now and the first early potatoes are growing away well.
 
Thursday, April 9 View Page
I saved some of the kondor potatoes from last year which I'm planning to grow again this year, not growing for competition just to eat. They were hit bad with blight last year and some of them went rotten but these seem to be OK.
 
Monday, April 20 View Page
I've put the green shade netting on to the polytunnel frame this year, I had this net over the top of a makeshift frame last year but it was far too low and was hard work on the ole back after a long session working underneath it. This year I'll have 10 plants growing under shading and 10 plants growing with no shading. I went to the trouble of making up some timber frames at the ends with the idea of holding the netting in place with timber battens but it was far easier just to cable tie it on to the hoops so that was a waste of time.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
I've put up a wind fence of sorts, hoping it will slow up some of the low level wind but I'm well aware that we'll still take some wind damage but that's all part of outdoor growing.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
Line up for this year, not starting them just yet. 165 Baggs x 5 220 Baggs uow x 5 217 Baggs uow x 2 198 Baggs x 2
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
I've got a nice line up of cucumber seeds, Heavy, 10.34 kg Thomas plus my own 26.2 lb and 25.4 lbs. (10.34 was the mother of my three largest last year) Long, Ian Neales fourth place at Malvern last year and Derek Hulme 2018 seeds - cross 'A' grew 1st and 2nd place at Malvern last year, cross 'B' is from another cucumber with the same genetics. Thanks to David, Ian and Dereck for the trades! Planning on growing 10 plants for weight and 5 for length and will make more of an effort to do some controlled crosses.
 
Friday, May 1 View Page
Also very happy with my field pumpkin line up, planning to grow 6 plants. 205 Wursten 165 Schenk 123 Kloch The other three will be from MacKinnon seeds. Thanks to Brad, Patrick, Kevin and John MaKinnon.
 
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Had a nice evening mackerel fishing down on Chesil beach. I had a full set of six and thought it would make for a good picture but one of the buggers came off before Jack could take the photo.
 
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Jack had a few as well, he's growing up but still needed his old man to cast for him as they were a bit out of his casting range. He uses a spinner on a light rod if they are in close enough but that wasn't the case this time. Can't wait to get growing again, seed starting day not too far off now.
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Been busy getting the patch rotavated this past weekend, first I got the tractor in
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
I did all I could but I didn't have the height to get under the tunnel hoops
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Made a nice job
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Then I set about the area under the hoops with my little rotavator
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
Weaving my way around the hoops
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
It's obviously not as good as being able to use the tractor but this little machine is pretty handy around the garden
 
Tuesday, May 26 View Page
4680 ish sq ft of soil ready to go! Plants will be slightly larger this year 13 ft x 18ft (234 sq ft per plant). After one of the wettest winters I can ever remember we have now had one of the driest springs I can remember, my soil is sandy and it's like walking on the beach at the moment so no worries about soil compaction
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
Oi! Get out of there!
 
Monday, June 1 View Page
Seeds started here this morning, was thinking of starting a little later this year but decided to get them in today.
 

 

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