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Update time!

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Time to get the sweet corn in. This is the 3rd bed in.

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Done!

First bed has garlic and broccoli

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Salad bed!

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Bean bed (4th and final)

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And a nice Belgium Blonde on the brew!

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Spring cleanup

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Above: before
Below: after (in the rain)

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Sweet corn planted

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Chickens are happy with the grape vine progress

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Bean poles moved and naughty self seeded squash moved

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Ready for more planting next week!

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Manure

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Today was manure day.  Lots of manure.

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After pic. But not the last.

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A job well done I thought.  But no, apparently root veg don’t like manure so Helen demanured a bed.

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Whilst I laid more patio in the green house and we both got rid of the snails.

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Sam helped!

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Winter is coming

 

 

 

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Finally got round to getting a gardening update!  The sweetcorn did very well this year – we’ve been told by a friend that you need to pick them as soon as the tassels start going brown.  This is a good tip! Previous years we’ve had starchy but brilliant yellow corn.  This time we’ve had pale corn which has been sweeter than sugar.  But all good things come to an end – as you can see above everything was looking a bit dead.

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I cleared the sweetcorn and squash, even tidying down the sides.  I then emptied a compost bin onto it and covered in pond liner to keep it cat litter free until next year.

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Blight had taken out the self seeded tomatoes (these are commercial tomatoes that we must have put in the compost bin last year!) and all my other tomatoes – things were looking fine before we popped off on Holiday, but a week is a long time in gardening it seems!  So they all had to go.  We’ve decided to compost all of the tomato rubbish (blight or not) as I’m only intending to grow tomatoes in grow bags or fresh compost from now on.

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Helen harvesting the squash and whatever she can rescue from the blighted ones.

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The twilight chillies really putting on a display!

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Hopefully the final mow of the year!

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Produce found under the undergrowth.  The large marrow was a surprise, we thought that plant had died!

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Produce

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Sadly I lost a load of photos of produce etc. my phone has been playing up a lot.

Here’s a couple I took which survived:

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Loads of produce!

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A view of the raised beds.

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And the corn!

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raised beds timelapse

This is the latest from the relocated time lapse camera showing our crops growing!

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Squash and mangetout

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The mangetout are still on their quest for world domination. They’re approaching the 2.5ft mark and I’ve only ever had mangetout that get about 1ft high, produce a single pod and drop dead, so it’s a good start.

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As you can see from the above under the mangetout we’ve got squash and they’re settling in nicely.

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And the chard is getting a little thick stemmed.

I’ve also had to tie up the tomatoes on the outside. They’re leaps and bounds forward compared to the ones in the greenhouse which is pretty surprising.

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Raised beds update

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My beds are bursting at the seams now!

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The three sisters bed seems to be working well – currently its still two sisters, but we’re soon adding beans I hope!

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Growth update

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Look! Strawberries! Not as yet as well developed as my parents who live a mile away. Must be the altitude as I live on a hill – theirs are red and look like I should be eating them.

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The brussel sprouts are doing well – not yet covered in black fly either so there’s hope yet.

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Beans and mangetout are climbing well. I’m not sure how tall giant mangetout get. Last years variety barely manged a foot, we’re well above that, but I think they were a standard variety!

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Our second set of sweet corn has gone out and is growing fast. Hopefully their growth will be caught on the relocated waarkcam!

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Something else is also coming along… Only 7 weeks to go…!

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A year at the new pad – Timelapse

It’s been a year in the new place and I’ve gotten round to making the video from the time lapse recorder.  I’m ashamed to say after the first two or three months, the camera ran out of juice, but the important bits were captured!

It’s time to move the camera and it’s now focused purely on the vegetable beds and greenhouse now.  Hopefully we won’t see too much of the cats using the raised beds as giant litter trays…

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