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No dig diary, 16th March 2022

It’s been a grey and wet day today, so I chose not to do anything out in the open. I did however transplant my first batch of radishes (sown 13th February) and peas for shoots (sown 9th February) into the … Continue reading

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Swimming, 14th March 2022

I wasn’t able to swim yesterday because the centre was short of lifeguards again, so I turned up today wondering what it would be like after last Thursday’s disaster. As it turned out, the answer was not as bad as … Continue reading

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Yet another trailer load of woodchip

This is mostly from the hedge work I did yesterday. Whilst sycamore seems to chip very nicely, some trees that have softer, more “whippy” twigs can end up just having them cut into long strips. Fortunately I think most of … Continue reading

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Would you like some roast dinner with your parsnip?

This may well be the biggest I’ve ever grown! It’s not my intention to have them so big. This year I’m going to try growing some closer together in an attempt to restrict the size.

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No dig diary, 13th March 2022

Today I have been sowing more peas for shoots and radishes, peas for, err, peas, sugar snap peas and a few flowers (nasturtiums and cosmos), until I ran out of seed compost, so sieving some more is now on my … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 12th March 2022

No sowing today. Mostly I’ve been thinning the hedge alongside our polytunnel to stop it shading the tunnel quite so much. Not much time left for doing this sort of stuff now. Spring hasn’t arrived here yet, but driving into … Continue reading

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Swimming, 10th March 2022

I wasn’t feeling particularly great yesterday — I think I must have slept awkwardly and woke up with a stiff neck and shoulder, so I didn’t swim. I probably shouldn’t have bothered today. It was dire 🙁 Less said the … Continue reading

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Swimming, 7th March 2022

Well, what a blinding session… Four people in the fast lane including myself, some swimming a good deal slower than I was, but nobody happened to be in the way at any crucial point during my 50m set and I … Continue reading

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Swimming, 6th March 2022

I had a bit of a scrappy start to today’s session. It took me a few reps of my 50m set to get into the groove at which point I completely lost it again because someone told their child to … Continue reading

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No dig diary, 5th March 2022

There was a little more sowing to be done today. Mostly tomatoes, but also some Romanesco Cauliflower. This year I’m trying Apero, Olivade, Costoluto Fiorentino (seed left over from last year) and Amish Paste tomatoes, together with some random red … Continue reading

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