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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 20:22 
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Oh, thank you! Some of them are a bit small, but they certainly scrubbed up well. I was worried they’d be a bit grotty before I cleaned them up, but once the outer layer is off for the outer layers to dry and cure they start looking a lot prettier.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 14:03 
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Just a quick update. Everything is growing as hoped, I guess, apart from the brassicas which got nommed.

Potatoes we’ve harvested two of our six summer potato plantings, and I’ve sown three winter potato plantings too.

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Carrots are brilliant again this year. I think Bean has magic carrot growing skills.

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We have had amazing peas. They cropped heavily forested six weeks straight then died off, but then put out a load of new green growth and are cropping again.

We’ve had beetroot and onions and garlic.

I’m keeping an eye on the sweetcorn. I don’t know if o have a timing issue with the variety I have (Swift) with the males appearing so long before the females, so I’ll have to check the cob formation in a fortnight.

Tomatoes have been brilliant. I’ve got a few definite favourites to grow again next year, and I’m going to try and cross pollinate a tomato next year.

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The pumpkins are growing well, too. The one at the front measured over a metre in circumference today

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There’s other stuff, but it’s fun, and quite comforting at the current time.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 14:48 
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Isn't that lovely?

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Lovely Mimi

Really envious of your potatoes and tomatoes, and those carrots look like something you would see in an advert or cookery show or something.

Amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 16:09 
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That all looks awesome mimi! I'm so jealous!

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 18:21 
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Excellent harvest Mimi!


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 18:27 
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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 4:02 
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Lovely colourful photos too.

How long would you say you have spent, and continue to spend on the garden?

Part of what's holding me back from trying is a feeling I've already a bit overcommitted, a realisation I already have a a lot of other tings to be responsible for... plus I think a little bit of inherent laziness

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening Corner
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 17:40 
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Sir Taxalot wrote:
Lovely colourful photos too.

How long would you say you have spent, and continue to spend on the garden?

Part of what's holding me back from trying is a feeling I've already a bit overcommitted, a realisation I already have a a lot of other tings to be responsible for... plus I think a little bit of inherent laziness


Hmmm, difficult question. As all of my tomatoes are in pots during the heatwave I’ve had to water them every day, but usually I’d water them every third day. The stuff in the beds rarely needs watering, even during the heatwave I’ve only watered most of it once a week.

On top of that I usually do a little thing at lunchtime. That might be pruning the tomatoes, or just tidying something up. Usually I just wander around and look at stuff.

The busiest time is definitely March, because that is seed sowing time, and looking after baby plants.

You could just get a couple of buckets (97p in B&Q) and buy a couple of tomato plants next year (also B&Q) and with a couple of sticks see how you go. I don’t beat myself about things if I let them die. I had a bit of a MH blip earlier in the year and just didn’t want to look after some flower plants I’d grown from seed, and they died, and so I chucked them away and concentrated on what I was enjoying (which at that time was cleaning plant pots and tools).

I have a few more pictures.

Some potatoes. These are Jazzy potatoes (I bought them solely because they made me think of @goddess Jasmine and I’m so glad I did because they are stellar and I’ll definitely grow them again).

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The Heinz tomatoes are just excellent, too
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And the pumpkins are all starting to ripen.

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