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Busy time of year!!

06 March 2013 18:42:52

Well as the title says it is a busy time of year for us!! have planted up 28 bags of spuds so far!! have nearly finished potting on the toms, and we are about 1/3 of the way through potting on the onions, all the chillies and peppers are potted on and are looking good, also picked the first of the rhubarb last weekend, delicious!!! will put up a list of the tomato varieties when i get achance!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 06 March 2013 19:35:52

Dave, are they all in peat pots? That must cost you an arm and a leg. At least you can re-use the plastic ones?

Jackie Jackie 06 March 2013 19:45:53

Gosh you have been busy alright....Im just looking at the picture of your rhubarb.....Im told what I have in my garden is rhubarb but I seem to have big CLUMPS at the base of the plant not in soil.....as in molehills I suppose...just wondered if thats 'normal'


Scrubber Scrubber 06 March 2013 20:34:37

I think theyll come on whenthe weather improves Jackie. We cant all have Dave and madeleine's expertise-and HARD WORK and ENERGY and there was I being smug that my beds were roughly dug!

Moya Moya 06 March 2013 21:02:21

Dave, you are way ahead as usual. I am convinced that you live in the south of England or France. The growth in your garden bears no relation to what's going on in mine!

chilipepper chilipepper 06 March 2013 21:09:05

Moya, i wish!!! thanks folks, Jacinta, there is a euro deals shop in the Ilac that was selling the peat pots for €1.50 for 25 pots!!! so €6 per 100!! not to bad!! only bought 200!!

mrscrumbo mrscrumbo 13 November 2014 20:30:10

Thats some set up.... 


26 February 2013 13:55:16

As usual my discipline regarding the amount of varieties of toms i grow each year has gone out the window, again!!! i recevied a batch of 10 varieties from a friend in Poland, 3 of which id grown before, but i just had to try the other 7!!! so thats 32 varieties this year!! and thats definetly it for this year!!!!!!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 February 2013 16:18:25

Yea right!  

What are the 7 new ones that you are trying, Dave?

Rachel Rachel 26 February 2013 16:37:22


Michelle finn Michelle finn 26 February 2013 16:56:30

dave instead of chillipepper we will have to come up with some thing else that is some amount of tomatoes and potatoes. there will no rumbling tums in that house  

Jackie Jackie 26 February 2013 18:29:53

Thats some amount of tomatoes to eat lol.......

TinaJ TinaJ 26 February 2013 18:58:24

Sweet million comes to mind:)

Clara Clara 26 February 2013 19:53:58

32 as Jackie said"   that is some amount .


Jacinta D Jacinta D 26 February 2013 19:54:39


Moya Moya 26 February 2013 21:54:03

Wow Dave, you are always great at growing a wide variety of tomatoes and with your own special micro-climate you should have lots of success as usual.

Put up a list of the varieties at some point. lol

Dick Dick 24 July 2013 23:30:58

How do you do it Dave, so many varieties? You are light years ahead of us in that area. I tend to grow usually one or maybe two types.

How many of you know the song from Rose Marie : When my Grandpa Chief Chicky Kotem took Grandma out to a Totem, Totem Tom Tom, Totem Tom Tom.

Early Potatoes

25 February 2013 20:22:21

Planted the first veriety of our early spuds today, Rocket, planted 6 bags, all our early spuds will be grown in bags, 30 bags in total....

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2013 20:34:01

Are they in drills, or potato bags? I know. Stupid question. Is it not a bit early for planting? Hope you can cover them with this frosty weather.

LNolan LNolan 25 February 2013 20:46:04

Best of luck with them guys. Had you them chitting or did you sow them direct?

Ive got some chitting atm. Duke Of York for bags, Sarpo Mira for outside.

chilipepper chilipepper 25 February 2013 20:54:48

Hi Jacinta, in bags, in the greenhouse at the moment, will be till weather warms up

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2013 20:55:49

Ooops, sorry. I didn't read your journal properly. :)

chilipepper chilipepper 25 February 2013 21:02:11

Hi Liam, had them chitting for about 4 weeks, Rocket, Duke of York, Sharpes express and Orla for bags, Roosters and Pink Fir Apple for the ground........

Hoeys Hoeys 26 February 2013 13:52:07

good luck.. home grown spuds are the best....

chilipepper chilipepper 26 February 2013 14:00:40

Hi, Jurga, yep you cant beat them, will be planting up 30 bags with early and second early spuds and will be planting 52 tubers in the ground!

First Lemon of the Year

25 February 2013 01:38:23

We picked our first lemon of the year this weekend, it was put to good use with a bag of ice and a bottle of Gordons!!!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2013 06:03:52

Wow, lovely sunny picture.

Jackie Jackie 25 February 2013 07:58:59

Nice one  :)

sheebamay sheebamay 25 February 2013 13:22:39

are lemon trees easy to grow. today is my first day in my enormous under achieving garden, i need to focus and plant something that i can be proud of, would you recommend a lemon tree, i love lemons :)


Rachel Rachel 25 February 2013 16:52:26

Way to go, Dave.

Hi Sheebamay. Lemons are tender so not for growing outdoors.

chilipepper chilipepper 25 February 2013 19:17:58

Thanks folks, Hi Sheebamay, not outdoors!!!!

Compost bins

25 February 2013 01:30:58

I managed to get the compost heaps turned during the week and was delighted with the results!! all ingredients have composted down fully to give us plenty of compost for growing our tomatos and early spuds in!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 February 2013 06:04:50

That compost looks almost good enough to eat. Bins are looking really great.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 25 February 2013 09:14:55

First thing we did in our garden was build compost bins. Worth their weight in gold!

Rachel Rachel 25 February 2013 18:17:46

Lovely looking stuff.

chilipepper chilipepper 25 February 2013 19:21:00

Yep, delighted with the results!!!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 February 2013 01:00:34

that's what I call real compost! Wish mine looked half as good :-(

mrscrumbo mrscrumbo 13 November 2014 20:14:26

Well done... looks fab


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