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whats happening in the cold frame!!!!!
Tue 1-Feb-11
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Hmm. so some of you have already started on the Tomatoes, that does it, I'm planting tomorrow!

Were pretty lucky here to have lovely soil, not too sandy or clay like, but it's still pretty cold. just covered my parsley plants today with cloches as they are nice and green, but just stumps as the chickens keep breaking in to the garden and eating anything green. Just done the same with my chives, I wondered why the were 'no show' - bloody chicks

Tue 1-Feb-11
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wave My chickens are breaking out too, so tomorrow we are going to try to clip their wings.  What fun that will be.  aargh

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Tue 1-Feb-11
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I could try doing that, but I'd have to do something with OH, who just keeps leaving the gates open!

Wed 2-Feb-11
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wave  Clipped 4 of the hens wings this morning, so we shall see if they can still manage to get out.  Unfortunately one of the escapees did just that and we didn't get her wings clipped.  aargh  

No point in trying to plant anything till this problem is solved.  They are making such a mess of the fruit trees and my wee bit of garden.  eeek

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Wed 2-Feb-11
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Terrier said:

I could try doing that, but I'd have to do something with OH, who just keeps leaving the gates open!


 

big_laugh   big_laugh     Perhaps it isn't the chickens' wings that need to be clipped !! big_laugh   big_laugh

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Sat 5-Feb-11
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Odelle so you want to 'borrow Richard' Mmmmm, its a long way my dear but he was flattered and had a chuckle which is always a good thing in life.   Today its 13c blue sky and sunny, the forecast  is really warm for the next week or so! but the clay  is still very soggy so I might just have another tidy although I could churn the ground up.

Next week Im definately going to  seed the tomatoes and well do our first bag of potatoes, good luck one and all!  not long to Spring!!!!toffeeapple

 

Sat 5-Feb-11
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not a lot happening in the cold frames, but poly tunnel filling up nicely, no sign of anything on my sweet peas yet, so bagged them up (in the pots) and brought them into the spare bedroom which is dark and above freezing, hope they've not rotted.

Sun 6-Feb-11
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Terrier are you an experianced sweet pea grower? this will be my second try, at the moment I have 14 plants growing well in the cold frame, todays temperature reached 16 in the shade so around 20 in the sun gorgeous, but i cant tread on the garden too much too soggy.

Terrier, any tips on wall flowers? I intend to grow them ready for next year, the first flush of spring flowers fill me with so much happiness, TTFNtoffeeapple

Sun 6-Feb-11
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Maria

Do you mean the wallflowers that you plant in late summer for flowering the next year? - if so, then sorry, never grown them, I have an 'everlasting' wallflower that I grew from a cutting last year. So far it (or they, as there are 2 of them) has survived the winter in a cold but sheltered greenhouse. I have a friend who put wallflowers in her garden in late autumn, hoping for an early flower this spring, but the frost has done them in.

On sweet peas, can't say I'm a seasoned growner, done them a few times before, and usually at this time of year, rather than trying to overwinter seedlings. I'm a bit of a garden fountain of knowledge though so ask away and I'll try and help. If the garden is waterlogged, then you obviously can't plant yet, but if they are getting straggly, they need nore light, and you could try nipping out the growing tip.

Tue 8-Feb-11
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Thank you I will nip out tip of sweet peas terrier good idea as they are gertting a little straggly.

Todays temperature was 20 in the shade so around 24 c in the sun, we had lunch outside!

I will try the wallflowers Terrier I will seed them in March, and over summer them in a creche bed! then transplant them in October hopefully for the the Sprring! I  supose it depends on the variety, I will look into the hardy wallflower.

Have fun in the garden

Sun 20-Mar-11
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So well into March thought an update of our cold frames/pollytunnells were due,

Looking good the sweet peas are out of the cold frame just waiting for me make their bed, dahlias are looking good just popped their heads out we have 2 leaves, the Australian pea is huge as are the cup and saucer vine, various love lies a bleeding popping up as are the swan river daisy never planted them before.   Marigolds/cosmos/cornflower/aster all in bed sleeping.

Tomatoes slowly growing, we have basil/mint/sage/thyme etc just peeping up.

As yet havent tended the arbour in preperation for April (mid) planting.

Sometimes I think I should just seed straight into the ground, maybe I will experiment next year!

Very succesful with snow on the mountain splitting it and growing dozens of new plants for tubs and arbour, I would so love to grow loads of aubretia and the golden saxi ¦. , as a girl in Devon I remember it gre everywhere made everthing look happy!

First daffodil about to open!

Sun 20-Mar-11
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Things are ticking along nicely in the polytunnel after the recovery from the high winds. My Tomato and chilli seedlings are coming up nicely, in the greenhouse the broad beans plants are huge and I really need to get them in, unfortunately chicken invaders are eating anything nice looking, as soon as it goes in the ground, so I need to get my other mini tunnel built and put out, then plant the bean plants inside it.

strawberry runners that I potted up are doing amazing and at this rate we will have some very early strawbs, but I think I need to get them put out somewhere too.

Lots of other plants that I split over autumn are coming on strong, but I'm now at the point where I need to strt moving stuff outside as I'm running out of space.

Sun 20-Mar-11
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Well we now have plans for the new polytunnel, actually probably greenhouse as it is no longer tunnel shaped but seeing the title of this thread, I think we will use a lot of the left over wood to make cold frames. We can use them inside early on in the year and outside for latercheers. Now all we have to do is get the wood ordered and I think we can get cracking. eeek

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Joanna we asked around for old windows, as people seem to be replacing good wooden frames for those plastic ones, it might be worth asking around?

Good luck any way, there is a problem though placing the cold frame in the right spot!  too sunny cooks everything inside, too shady not enough warmth! ce la vietoffeeapple

Sun 20-Mar-11
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my cold frames have shower doors on top they were very cheap, 99p off ebay last year and i cant fault them

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