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Making new frames for the vegetable beds.

One positive about the Lockdown is the time we now have to spend in the garden and at the beginning of the season too.  Neil has been making new frames for the vegetable beds and repairing some others where possible.

Some of our vegetable beds were in a poor state, and needed weeding as well.20200403_144531

Neil started by cutting 4.8m x 150mm gravel boards to 3.3 metres and 1.5metres length and then painting them with wood preservative.20200403_144433

He then made some pegs for the corners and also painted them.20200404_171045

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Adding damp proof course to the inside of the frames (secured with metal staples) means they will not rot so readily as the old frames have done in the past, due to the amount of rain we get in the Winter.20200405_160006

A central peg was put in the centre of the front  long side to stop the edge from bowing, this is because the beds are on a hill side slope.20200405_160018

The new frames were then put into place, piece by piece, ensuring the sides and ends were square to each other.20200405_165701

Neil added fresh compost to the beds and dug them over.20200407_105816

The finished result is much improved vegetable beds.  These first two beds are for our potatoes which we will plant on Good Friday as is traditional in the country.

 

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Growing potatoes in tyres

We have seen articles on growing vegetables in tyres but never tried it ourselves until now. Neil had kept old tyres when buying new ones for the car and this year upon finding some of last years potatoes that had sprouted, decided to try growing potatoes in tyres.

First he filled the tyres with soil, then placed a few potatoes in each and covered them with soil.DSC03044

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As they grew he added more soil, then another tyre or stones to make up the height.

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The warmth from the sunshine on the tyres kept the soil warm and the potatoes grew quicker than those in the ground, grown the traditional way.20190519_154854

They flourished, then died back and we thought it was time to harvest.

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A great yield of new potatoes both red and white was produced by this method.

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When we change the tyres on the car in future we shall definitely keep the tyres for this method of growing.

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Growing our runner beans and an update on the veggie garden

We don’t have a greenhouse yet and we do suffer from slugs and snails here as we have had such a wet Winter, so I start off our runner beans indoors in the inside of loo roll tubes.

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We end up with seeds growing on all the window ledges in the house.

After a couple of weeks they have started to sprout.

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And when they are 8 to 12 inches tall I put them outside.  By putting the whole tube into the ground it gives the beans  some protection against the slugs and snails, and gives them a fighting chance.

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I tie each little bean plant up to its bean cane so it doesn’t get blown around in the wind.  This year as part of our “no dig” experiment we have laid newspapers down around the bean poles to deter the weeds.

After 10 days or so they are already climbing the bean poles, so a success.  Just need to wait another month now before they produce some lovely beans for us.

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Our other veggies are growing well too.  Here are our peas climbing up their pea sticks.

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And our cabbages growing in their shrouds to protect them from pigeons and cabbage white butterflies.

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This year we spread grass clippings around the potatoes and onions as mulch and again to deter the weeds.

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The sweet corn are still small, they need some more sunshine to boost their growth.

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We shall have a bumper crop of strawberries this year

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And the gooseberries are already forming on the bushes

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We are also growing lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, radish, chard, parsnips, carrots, turnips and purple sprouting broccoli so we should have lots of lovely veggies if everything grows OK.

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