Hot compost, Strawberries, Vitapod and Golden Gark etc.

The hot compost has had 3 days to heatup so I went down to check it this morning. It’s breaking down very fast. I have a compost thermometer in the post and this will help to tell when turning is necessary.

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Planted the strawberries Elsanta and Symphony from Englishes nursery. I had been looking into getting some day neutral which supposedly fruit through out the growing season but it seems such a strawberry does,nt really exist yet! Elsanta will fruit earlier than the symphony ( smaller leaves if you forget to label them) and by having some of both inside and out there should be no shortage this year. The plants have the most fantastic long root system which you just can’t get from the the packs now avaialble in the multiples. They come in bundles of 25 for 12 euro with 15 euro shipping.

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The bed I,m planting these into has been covered over the winter with seaweed and covered in straw. I have also sprinkled rock dust, coffee grounds and seaweed meal at various stages in the past few months. I parted the mulch layers which are quite rotten down now ,add some compost and planted into this carefully not to cover the growing tip followed with a good drink. I will rub out the flowers on 3 or 4 of these and allow one strong runner to develope. This can be trained into a sunken pot untill September and once established cut and lifted for re-planting next year. As the fruits begin to ripen bamboo canes and netting will keep the birds and duck out.

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This is the small Vitapod  560 x 560 ish ,available from quickcrop.ie or greenhousesensation.co.uk. I,m using it for germination of heat loving seeds before they are moved to the green house. Worth the investment.

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Thermostat controler

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Inside a small probe is placed into the soil within the seed tray.and this temperature can be controlled. For the domestic scale it’s the business.

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Germination on the shelf in the green house.

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Potting up the yacon untill the weather heats up.

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Planted out 4 Jerusalem Artichoke at home last week at 2 foot spacing  at 6 inch depth and a few in the perrienal bed in work. This will grow to 2 metres and may need support if exposed.

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Sowing soapwort and Stevia.

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Sweet Marjorum

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This is a pic from last week of the germinated tomatoes.

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The same tomatoes this morning  they all germinated. In work we potted on 85 yesterday into 3 inch pots planting them with the leaves just above the compost surface. We placed these in shade to prevent them wilting while they take. The peppers here did’nt all germinate.

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After fiddling about with different ways of supporting peas with mixed success I,m going for timber post and chicken wire this year. Three sucessive sowings from late March ( covered), April and May each about 6 foot long. These supports are for second early Hurst Green shaft. The wire will be fixed after they have been direct sown in a shallow trench at 2 inch spacings staggered..

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This is the “golden gark” mentioned in the last post. It’s brilliant and really well made.

Rake

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Spade and sieve

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Exciting times and great weather too.

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