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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 21 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

stealth chaps?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 21 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Possibly substitute feeling the soil with your hand. If it feels cold, then the plants might find it a bit chilly too. It will feel cool, especially if it is damp, but shouldn't feel cold. I tend to go by time of year, weather and weather forecast for a week or so ahead and hope for the best. We have been here for a long time, so know more or less when the last frosts are likely, but very cold winds are another matter.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 21 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
stealth chaps?


Like I'm part of the village people?

Thanks MR, a hand seems a little more sensible.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 21 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Those chaps were not stealth

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 21 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



in the navy is a work of genius, especially as the US navy assisted making the video

that was stealth delux

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think, for now, my allotment is finally finished. Can't see where I can squeeze anything else in.




I have made a small wildflower bed but the California poppies seem to have taken over.



sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Looking good. Must be a real sense of achievement.

jema
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Looks very organised.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That looks good. You have been working hard.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

very nice, easy to use and you do more weeding than me

lots of hard work but a tidy lottie is rather nice, mine was more random

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks all.

I have to say, the second lockdown helped a lot with getting it up to speed. I just hope now I'm back at work fulltime I'll be able to keep it looking so.

DPack. Weeds make it look untidy, so I need to keep on top of them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

getting rid of most by this stage and only needing to hoe off when cultivating is rather diligent

some things i am ruthless with a hoe or whatever, others tend to swamp the weeds

at the mo my bramble bed is almost all things most folk would call weeds, most are useful to human or wildlife but not veg or flowers

it is sort of becoming a cornish bank, i need more rocks or old bricks and the inclination to do a day or two of drystoning
having started as a sterile hole of dead soil, in concrete and dark as hades it is now a couple of feet deep with very nice soil from used fish box grows etc, the birds feed it guano and seeds

the rate of increase of plant/critter species in it is at least a factor of ten bigger than that used for dating old hedges and banks

tis worm city as well as having a decent blackberry crop and a bath house for the birds

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 8066
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 21 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Try and have a short time every day... doesn't have to be long.

jema
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 21 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have a nettle invasion, warm wet weather means they go rampant and we get lazy.
Was planning a counter attack today, but again it's wet and depressing.

gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 21 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have started a liquid feed bucket with the nettles..not the ones with butterfly eggs on

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