The Potting Shed

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Marigold
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How about we start a gardening thread?

I expect a lot of us, like me, are using our time in isolation to get out of doors in this beautiful weather. Our 2 daughters are both making determined attempts to grow food this summer and have inspired me to do the same. I lay awake last night wondering where I could find room in our flower beds to grow vegetables - but all the beds are full of flowering bee-friendly ground cover that I don't want to dig up, so I didn't get very far. Then I thought of the hen run! Empty, because I didn't want to risk possibly leaving the hens neglected if we both got ill this summer. Covered with plastic corrugated roof for light and to keep the tomato foliage dry and blight-free. Next to a hose extension for watering. Airy, partly shaded and not too hot for salad veg in summer. 13 sq.metres. No digging - use large bags of compost as raised beds. Plus a small greenhouse, (largely full of various chicken equipment.)

Woke up and before breakfast had ordered 10 x 50-litre bags of organic peat-free compost, to be delivered on the 31st and also lots of various veg seeds. Total price similar to buying 4 pullets +enough feed for next few months. Spent the day clearing out the greenhouse (huge spiders very indignant) cleaning windows and sorting through pots and propogation equipment which has hardly been used since I gave up my allotment some years ago. Finished up dirty exhausted and happy, having totally avoided going online and watching any worrying news outlets.

Can't wait to get going! It almost makes up for the lack of chickens - and if I do end up in hospital and the plants all die of drought I shan't feel so bad as if it was my lovely birds.

What have you all been doing? There's no need for us to sit 2 metres apart in our virtual potting shed!
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Great idea Marigold. I love being out in the garden, I have been busy weeding today and replanted a cistus that I bought last week. I decided it would do better with a little more sunshine than where I originally placed it. Last year we planted potatoes and had a small crop of them. I also planted some onions and sprouts, but the slugs ate those :-( Sounds like you are going to have some mouthwatering salads and veggies in summer and autumn. It's given me another nudge to think about planting some lettuce and beetroots (covering with net this time) ;-)
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Firstly, I am going to teleport you over here, to help me!

Secondly, I love gardening but am in veg growing mode this year rather than what you might call gardening. We live in a poor area and people grow food, they don't grow ornamentals so there is plenty of seed choice. I have recently sowed seeds of peas, courgettes, beetroot, tomatoes, peppers, french beans, lettuce, rocket, basil and coriander. I am currently harvesting broad beans, potatoes, cabbage, perpetual spinach and mint. I am rubbish compared to my neighbours, but I do try. We have a lot of mature fruit trees, but this year the big fig is dying and I can't work out why, the peaches are dying because of aphid attack (but so are everyone elses) and one grape vine looks like its on the way out. Not good, but I am sanguine because I am old enough to realise life is too short to worry about it all unduly, I am tending towards the 'chop it down and start again' school of thought. I have a few sacks of some bio-wonder enhanced compost, but up until now I have relied on our soil, the sun and the wet. The latter two, we get in abundance, but not usually at the same time, which is a pain during the summers and in fact I can only really grow stuff end of Sept-end of May, its too hot otherwise. Right this minute, the worst thing about coronavirus is that OH is at a loose end and keeps interfering in the garden because he is worried we will starve!

Thirdly, I do think you did the right thing about not getting any hens. I had a similar sounding viral attack to you at the end of last year, and it really knocked me out. My bro has been hospitalised with pneumonia 3 times, and whatever it was, it felt and sounds just like pneumonia.

Perhaps I should say, I am quite a lazy gardener. I like to see edibles in amongst the ornamentals and I let the grasses/weeds/wild flowers go mad. This is probably why my yields are down compared to my neighbours, but I have always tried to get a bio-diverse garden, its really important to me.

PS If I can't sleep I often listen to Gardener's World!
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I've been getting on with transforming my veg plot into a series of 11 (so far!) raised beds. I'm thinking that it will be easier to manage keeping up with weeding these, than looking at the large expanse of garden space. At the moment, I'm in the process of filling the beds with soil, which is back breaking work, but I'm getting there. Only three more to go! Broadbeans have just poked their heads out of the soil, and onions are starting to show green shoots. I've planted cabbage, lettuce, beetroot, celery and leek seeds indoors. I'll do carrots and parsnips too. And hopefully, the plums and apples will produce a good crop for bottling and drying.

There is a burgeoning interest in growing food here, too. I think people are realising that having our food supplies in the control of the huge global corporations, with enormous, centralised distribution hubs, is really not that great an idea when disaster strikes!
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Our garden is mainly grass/moss with flowering shrubs round the edges. The hens are in the front and I had some raised beds made for the back but they are still empty of soil. The gardener was going to come back with a digger and fill them but I suppose that won't happen now. What a shame.
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Growing new potatoes in pots;
This looks a great way to recycle all those plastic bags that now arrive with the online order!
Two videos;
1) how to sow the potatoes
https://youtu.be/IdfQw1CGEnY

and 2) how to harvest.
https://youtu.be/e2lvLGppoKY

I hadn’t thought of doing this but have some seed potatoes on order so shall have a go!
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This one is interesting too. I didn't know that crushing the foliage when you lift carrots attracts carrot fly which will go straight into the hole you've just left. 31 carrots from a 10 inch pot and he recommends taking them all - I'll have to use smaller diameter deep pots!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pvCwJaKUu8
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That's brilliant idea to use a wire sowing grid. I love the way he says 'you must 'ave' bit of wire netting somewhere!' I expect most of us on here can find some!
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I've checked my shed this morning and I have several small (about 5") diameter pots so all I need now are pelleted carrot seeds! I also have some 10 " pots for the potatoes if I can get some seed potatoes.

Or there is this. Plastic carriers are in short supply now we all use our own bags.

https://www.dobies.co.uk/Garden/Garden- ... 597142.htm
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That's a good idea but pricey. maybe you could use two ordinary pots and cut the holes out of the one you put in the inside?
Today I got out all the filthy pots stacked behind the summer house. Many of them were stuck together and I had to wrestle them apart. However, they’re now hosed down and ready for action. All I need is my seed order to arrive!
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