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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

After 7/8 weeks of no rain and a lot of very warm weather we finally, at 1500 hours, yesterday got the rain. We had a huge thunderstorm which dumped copious amounts of rain on our outdoor plants - much needed. Regardless of how much you water from butts or a local stream nothing perks up the plants like good old rainfall. 27C forecast today & we have the luxury of only worrying about the polytunnel & two greenhouses. 

Pity the ashes hasn't started - I could have had an afternoon watching!!!!!!
Yes massive  problem Gareth , both at our allotment (which has water, apart from butts), and at home, where my outdoor activities, care confined to pots. Continually watering and once a week feed ATM.
Hanging baskets coming on a treat though.
Regarding Ashes..agree, but I am glad I do'nt have sky/btsport( or whatever its on), otherwise I would ge drawn in to continual watching..which is great, except I do'nt have the time.
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Started harvesting from our outdoor beds this morning - garlic. This will be closely followed next week by broad beans, 2nd early potatoes & beetroot. 
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Started harvesting from our outdoor beds this morning - garlic. This will be closely followed next week by broad beans, 2nd early potatoes & beetroot. 
Lovely. Does the garlic have any purple in it or is that just for earlier in the year?
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Started harvesting from our outdoor beds this morning - garlic. This will be closely followed next week by broad beans, 2nd early potatoes & beetroot. 
Lovely. Does the garlic have any purple in it or is that just for earlier in the year?

Yes EO I picked about 30-40 most were with shades of purple. 
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Started harvesting from our outdoor beds this morning - garlic. This will be closely followed next week by broad beans, 2nd early potatoes & beetroot. 
Lovely. Does the garlic have any purple in it or is that just for earlier in the year?

Yes EO I picked about 30-40 most were with shades of purple. 
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Latest gadget purchased - a vacuum sealer. Good benefits when you have a surfeit of fresh veg as it prolongs the storage in the fridge of fresh veg up to 3 weeks. 
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Latest gadget purchased - a vacuum sealer. Good benefits when you have a surfeit of fresh veg as it prolongs the storage in the fridge of fresh veg up to 3 weeks. 
Wise move. It’s also good re meat and other fridge items.
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Latest gadget purchased - a vacuum sealer. Good benefits when you have a surfeit of fresh veg as it prolongs the storage in the fridge of fresh veg up to 3 weeks. 
Wise move. It’s also good re meat and other fridge items.

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my baskets taking a hammering today.
Have taken them in to the garage once a week agao, but you cannot keep fiddling, they don't like it.

Outside of the allotment, I have 100% pots at home as our garden.
I am discovering at last what wonderful plants hydrangea's are, in pots or anything else.
such varieties, and flower all summer.. very robust.
I had one large one out the front of the house, last year, and it really thriving.
now added to my collection, with different varieties and colours.
Lupins , hollyhocks and lavender, all disappointing this year.

One other plant I have discovered as a perennial pot plant , is Sea Holly.
Could not purchase locally, so sent off for some specimens, which are doing well.
They need 50/50 composition of sand /grit and compost, otherwise will not do well.


In the allotment rain has been a blessing, but has brought out the slugs which have a a field day with some things, despite my efforts.


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First new season carrots for dinner last night - lovely. Got a good crop of leaks coming on so taking  a few to make one of our favourite soups this week - leak & potato. Need some sunshine to ripen an excellent crop of toms & peppers. Also some nice looking melons in the tunnel who would also benefit from sunshine. 

One of our favourite summer veg will be ready this weekend - runner beans. They usually last through August well into late September. 
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

First new season carrots for dinner last night - lovely. Got a good crop of leaks coming on so taking  a few to make one of our favourite soups this week - leak & potato. Need some sunshine to ripen an excellent crop of toms & peppers. Also some nice looking melons in the tunnel who would also benefit from sunshine. 

One of our favourite summer veg will be ready this weekend - runner beans. They usually last through August well into late September. 
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

First new season carrots for dinner last night - lovely. Got a good crop of leaks coming on so taking  a few to make one of our favourite soups this week - leak & potato. Need some sunshine to ripen an excellent crop of toms & peppers. Also some nice looking melons in the tunnel who would also benefit from sunshine. 

One of our favourite summer veg will be ready this weekend - runner beans. They usually last through August well into late September. 
Is there no end to your talents ! 
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Cooking guru aka Nigella
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How did you find the time to do your job ?!! πŸ˜‰
I’m just envious of course πŸ˜‚


It helps to be semi retired & have a very good gardener/cook wife reesy. Mind when the test match was on with the Open golf I was pushing my luck!!!!!
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Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

First new season carrots for dinner last night - lovely. Got a good crop of leaks coming on so taking  a few to make one of our favourite soups this week - leak & potato. Need some sunshine to ripen an excellent crop of toms & peppers. Also some nice looking melons in the tunnel who would also benefit from sunshine. 

One of our favourite summer veg will be ready this weekend - runner beans. They usually last through August well into late September. 
Is there no end to your talents ! 
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Cooking guru aka Nigella
Wine guru aka Keith Floyd
Travel planning guru aka Judith Chalmers
And  SF Baz Lewis guru aka the legendary Eastern Outpost !

How did you find the time to do your job ?!! πŸ˜‰
I’m just envious of course πŸ˜‚


It helps to be semi retired & have a very good gardener/cook wife reesy. Mind when the test match was on with the Open golf I was pushing my luck!!!!!
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Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Originally posted by GPR - Rochester GPR - Rochester wrote:

First new season carrots for dinner last night - lovely. Got a good crop of leaks coming on so taking  a few to make one of our favourite soups this week - leak & potato. Need some sunshine to ripen an excellent crop of toms & peppers. Also some nice looking melons in the tunnel who would also benefit from sunshine. 

One of our favourite summer veg will be ready this weekend - runner beans. They usually last through August well into late September. 
Is there no end to your talents ! 
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Travel planning guru aka Judith Chalmers
And  SF Baz Lewis guru aka the legendary Eastern Outpost !

How did you find the time to do your job ?!! πŸ˜‰
I’m just envious of course πŸ˜‚


Just what I was thinking Reesy ..LOLLOL
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Last year whilst recovering from Cancer surgery I bought a movie camera and made a series of vids on gardening, very much aimed at beginners, they're on youtube if you are interested
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Last year whilst recovering from Cancer surgery I bought a movie camera and made a series of vids on gardening, very much aimed at beginners, they're on youtube if you are interested
Nice idea TB. Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to the World Cup.

Club wise, how do you think Leicester will fare next season?
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