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March 9 2015 2 09 /03 /March /2015 11:27

North West England has been having a cold spell, and the rain has come with it. That's not bad, as recently Spring time has been quite dry. We need a few rainy sessions to fill up the water butts. I must admit that I need to get some guttering to take the rain water from my greenhouse to a water butt, but I have several small pots around the plot to catch rain. The trouble is that at this time of year the taps are switched off to prevent pipes bursting in frost, and they will not be switched on before April, so when you plant you need to use up some of your water stores.

I have been planting second early potatoes in the raised beds. The raised beds have also seen the planting of onions. I tried Ailsa Craig this year. They are large and you don't get many per packet, but I am planting smaller varieties as well. The problem is with the carrot tapes. It is so windy that laying them down is hard, but I am thinking of pinnning them to the ground with cocktail sticks. The same goes for the tapes of spring onion seeds. Some maincrop potatoes are going to be laid down soon. Tney are a blight resistant variety. 

I am going to use the flame weeder soon, as the manure that I spread contained some weed seeds, a perennial problem, and driving the hoe through wet manure is  a heavy task. Keep on burning them off. I pruned the cherry trees and took the larger branches into my wood store. Wait a year for them to dry out and there's more firewood. 

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