Wednesday, 18 March 2009

UV Index Moderate (That's a first).

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Two pictures from Cross Fell - yes it relly was July!



TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 0C
Temp High: 14C
Feels Like: 3 to 17C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Direction: W
UV Index: Moderate (That’s a first for this year!)
Weather: Sunny

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 17/03/2009 08:30
Tue 17/03/2009 09:00
30 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep. One of them looked to be a bit off colour.

See to the greenhouse work
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 17/03/2009 09:00
Tue 17/03/2009 10:00
1 hour
Checked round, took some dahlia cuttings, did some watering and potted on a geranium.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Tue 17/03/2009 10:00
Tue 17/03/2009 10:20
20 minutes

Forking
Flower border
Main Garden
Tue 17/03/2009 10:20
Tue 17/03/2009 12:45
145 minutes
Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 17/03/2009 12:45
Tue 17/03/2009 13:30
45 minutes

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 17/03/2009 13:30
Tue 17/03/2009 13:50
20 minutes
Looked in on the sheep that I think is sick.

Edging
Flower border
Main Garden
Tue 17/03/2009 13:50
Tue 17/03/2009 14:15
25 minutes

Forking
Flower border
Main Garden
Tue 17/03/2009 14:15
Tue 17/03/2009 16:45
2.5 hours
Finished off forking over the border.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 17/03/2009 16:30
Tue 17/03/2009 16:45
15 minutes

See to the greenhouse work
Conservatory, Greenhouse
Wed 18/03/2009 08:50
Wed 18/03/2009 09:20
30 minutes
Checked round and put out the plants hardening off on the trolley.

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 18/03/2009 08:30
Wed 18/03/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Took across a bag of minerals, put some in the trough and the rest in the bucket for use later.

Painting
Summerhouse
Misc
Wed 18/03/2009 09:00
Wed 18/03/2009 10:30
1.5 hours
Undercoating one of the benches.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 18/03/2009 10:30
Wed 18/03/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Pruning
Blue Spruce Border
Main Garden
Wed 18/03/2009 10:50
Wed 18/03/2009 12:45
115 minutes
Pruned what shrubs I could.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 18/03/2009 12:45
Wed 18/03/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Forking
Window borders
Main Garden
Wed 18/03/2009 13:30
Wed 18/03/2009 16:00
2.5 hours
1) Pruned the roses.
2) Applied bone meal.
3) Forked over the soil.
4) Mulched with compost.

Planting
Rose garden
Walled Garden
Wed 18/03/2009 16:00
Wed 18/03/2009 16:30
30 minutes
I had some Polyanthus and Pansies in pots so I used them to plant up a stone trough in the rose garden. (Note 1).

Cleaned and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 18/03/2009 16:30
Wed 18/03/2009 16:45
15 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Wed 18/03/2009 16:45
Wed 18/03/2009 17:15
30 minutes
Closing the vents and putting away the hardening off trolley.

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Wed 18/03/2009 17:00
Wed 18/03/2009 17:10
10 minutes
Put out two green bins


NOTE
1) I got to thinking today what a good plant Polyanthus are. The ones in the wall have been flowering all winter, even through the snowy period and now they’re getting even better. They are similar to Primula’s but rather than a lot of little stems with a flower on the top you get one stem with lots of flowers on it. I prefer Polyanthus to Primula’s because of this longer stem. I would certainly recommend them for winter/spring bedding.


COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

EB I wouldn’t give up on Dahlia’s if I were you Emily as they will reward you with flowers all summer long whether it be wet or dry. I’m not sure how you killed yours off as they never give me any trouble at all. I’ve grown some bedding ones from seed this year and they’ve come up as easy as anything and will soon be ready for pricking out.
Red Clover No you don’t have to wait until the last frost to plant them, you need to plant them several weeks before, it will take the shoots about 3 or 4 weeks to start poking through. If you do get shoots through and there is a risk of frost just cover them with something for the night. The tubers will be fine under the soil so it’s just the shoots you have to think about.
The Weaver of Grass I have plenty of moss in places but I don’t bother too much, I always think it feels nice to walk or lie on to be honest and its certainly preferable to the darn chaffer grubs.

3 comments:

Sara said...

Those polyanthus are very cheerful looking plants. I don't think I've ever seen them around here. I'll have to check my gardening catalogs. Are they more of a sun or shade plant?

I hope the ill sheep is doing ok.

Kimmie said...

Oh, I went out to get some primrose that other day, only to find that the nursery was closed until later in the week. I really wanted some spring for my windowsill...than later I plant them in the garden.

How is the sick little sheep? Poor thing. How did you know it was sick?

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

The Weaver of Grass said...

Pleased to hear that you tolerate moss Bob - I feel like that too. Also very impressed that you always clean your tools before you put them away - wish I could say the same!