Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A Sorry State.



I've hardly dared visit Haddock's over the last couple of months, the sight of it has been just too depressing.

Of course I have to descend daily to feed and water my two useless Black Maran hens, but I always cast my eyes away from the veg' plot. 

There are a few remaining Kale plants, and a huge quantity of Parsley, but that's about it. The Rhubarb is just showing beneath its forcing pot, and all my 'scrumped' soft fruit cuttings are looking good. I also recently rescued a small piece of Artichoke plant, which has taken well.

So, you can imagine how pleased I was, after a few days of reasonable sunshine, to be able to get onto the soil with my rotovator. It only took the top weeds off but will probably help with my no digging policy; maybe I'll even be able to get my red Onions in soon. I'll go over it again after some rain.

The Rotovator misbehaved very badly after it's winter sojourn; I'm surprised it even went at all. WD40 saved the day.


Doesn't really look that much different, does it.

Cro Magnon is unwell.




35 comments:

  1. ..but you managed to cobble something together ..

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  2. Our veg plot is still waiting for our attention. We keep looking at it, but then find something more urgent to do. I think it's called 'avoidance'....

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    1. I really wasn't well when I rotovated, but the soil was just right, and it HAD to be done. I suffered.

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  3. Haha,usless hens...no eggs yet? Haddocks will look good again after a bit of pamperimg, lots of love and plenty of hard work. Result: healthy veggies on your summer plates. Don't overdo though, hope you are ok? Greetings Maria x

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    1. If the hens don't lay before May, I'll replace them. I should have got just plain 'layers'.

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  4. Never mind Cro, in two or three months you'll be making us all green with envy, when you show us a plateful of the first delicious salads you've just picked....
    Hope the aches and pains have gone after a good rest. Has Lady M applied the embrocation !

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    1. She's sick too, in fact it was her illness that I've caught.

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  5. I think the rotovator has made an improvement - hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Me too, I haven't felt so bad for years.

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  6. My veg plot is going to have to be filled with the plants I want to save from one of the borders whilst my main garden is "refurbished". New patio, new paths, water feature etc etc. At the moment said veg plot is filling with the forget-me-nots that pop up there every spring and make a wonderful show until I need to pull them put and plant veg later. I mainly have runner beans and a few odds and ends that take my fancy.( different each year) I will make sure I leave some forget-me-nots to seed for next year!

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    1. I haven't grown runners for years, maybe I should change that.

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  7. Paul is chomping at the bit to get started on his 'potager'. Three weeks to go - can you arrange for some fine weather please?

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  8. Later today I'll be getting out and beginning the process of rejuvenating my containers; no planting for several weeks, however.

    Hope you and Lady M feel better very soon.

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    1. I don't suppose I'll do much planting for a while yet either. I usually start around mid-April. It doesn't pay to rush.

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  9. Do you know the old saying ? "That Parsley flourishes where the woman wears the trousers"

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  10. With the help of Mother Nature and a lot of sweat and bending over, everything will look very different in a few weeks.

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  11. I hope you feel better. For me the 2 photos the first and the second look so beautiful.

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    1. Still feeling very rough. I should be OK in a few days time.

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  12. Marans are rotten layers Cro - accept that bit of information from someone who used to keep them until she learned better.
    Hope you are soon better - keep snug and warm - bed with that lovely dog of yours to keep your feet warm - and rest easy in that you have told Haddocks that you still love it.

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    1. Thanks Weave. Sadly we've learnt about our Marans the hard way; I only bought them because they look nice. Bad move!

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  13. Still looks better than most of my beds!

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  14. Fresh air and a bit of activity does the body good as long as you don't push hard and put yourself back in the sick bed.

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    1. That was my thinking; don't let it rule my life.

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  15. I know that the sun may be calling you to the garden but take feel better soon, take care and stay warm till the weather gets better.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. It was almost Summery here yesterday; tanning weather.

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  16. our new garden is so wet and has lain fallow for so long it is mainly moss..I'm starting with deep beds built from old wooden beds...
    you made a good start, now let Spring catch up!

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  17. I don't get back to Lewis until Tuesday. The weather there is perfect for getting my vegetable plots prepared. That's life. Sorry to hear that you are under the weather. I hope that you improve quickly and enjoy your bacon sandwich soon.

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