Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Rooted Dahlia Cuttings.

Good evening all. Tonight I’m going to show you my first Dahlia cuttings to root this year. There were seven in the pot and all but two have rooted. Below is how I root the cuttings in sealed plastic bags.



Below is how this particular pot came out of their bag. Still looking green and pretty fresh. I've heard it said not to let the leaves tounch the sides of the bag as they will rot but I can't say I ever have much trouble in that respect.

The best way to tell if your cuttings have rooted is to look under the pot and if you can see roots through the holes in the bottom then it’s safe to tip them out. You can of course tip them out anyway but you run the risk of the whole lot dropping on the floor and I find if you can’t see any roots through the holes in the bottom of the pot then even if they have started making roots they won’t be taking any harm. Below you will see one root coming out of the pot but even so it wouldn't have hurt to leave them another week.
Here below are the five cuttings with roots. When potting these on in to three inch pots you have to be very careful not to break off the roots as they are very delicate at this stage.
As the two cuttings that hadn't rooted weren't showing any signs of rotting I repotted them in the hope that they too will make some roots.
Bob.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

First Wisteria Flower

MY WORK BOOK

Watering
Main Garden
Grass Care
Thu 23/04/2009 07:59
Thu 23/04/2009 08:10
11 minutes
Turned on the sprinkler.

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 23/04/2009 08:10
Thu 23/04/2009 08:19
9 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

Check round the veg garden
Veg garden
Scrutinizing
Thu 23/04/2009 08:19
Thu 23/04/2009 08:31
12 minutes

Check round the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Scrutinizing
Thu 23/04/2009 08:31
Thu 23/04/2009 08:45
14 minutes
Checked everything was ok and noted down a few jobs in need of attention.

Moving plants Glass houses
Glasshouse Work
Thu 23/04/2009 08:44
Thu 23/04/2009 09:52
68 minutes
Moved some plants from the greenhouse to the conservatory.

Watering
Conservatory
Plant Care
Thu 23/04/2009 09:52
Thu 23/04/2009 10:34
42 minutes
Watered round.

Break for tea
Misc
Thu 23/04/2009 10:34
Thu 23/04/2009 11:10
36 minutes

Plant peas and beans
Veg garden
Planting
Thu 23/04/2009 11:10
Thu 23/04/2009 12:13
63 minutes
Planted a row of broad beans, peas and mangetout.

Watering
Main Garden
Grass Care
Thu 23/04/2009 12:13
Thu 23/04/2009 12:21
8 minutes
Moving the sprinkler and turning off for a while as the sun is strong now.

Tying in
Veg garden
Plant Care
Thu 23/04/2009 12:21
Thu 23/04/2009 12:39
18 minutes
Tying in the new growth on the tayberry.


Break for lunch
Misc
Thu 23/04/2009 12:39
Thu 23/04/2009 13:45
1.1 hours

Mowing
Walled Garden
Grass Care
Thu 23/04/2009 13:45
Thu 23/04/2009 15:35
110 minutes
Cut all the lawns with the tractor.

Mowing
Public Gardens
Grass Care
Thu 23/04/2009 15:35
Thu 23/04/2009 17:14
99 minutes
Cutting the rough grass around the village green.

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Thu 23/04/2009 17:14
Thu 23/04/2009 17:25
11 minutes
Put back the black bins and put out three recycle tubs.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Misc
Thu 23/04/2009 17:25
Thu 23/04/2009 17:35
10 minutes

Shutting up the glass houses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Glasshouse Work
Thu 23/04/2009 19:36
Thu 23/04/2009 19:55
19 minutes
Closed the vents and took in the trolley.


BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea and 3 chocolate digestives.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea,4 marmalade sandwiches and 1 pear.
Dinner:1 mug of tea, Mashed potato, fish fingers, peas and parsley sauce.

NOTES

I noticed today that one of the Wisteria's is just starting to flower.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB you aren’t a bore of any kind, I find the weather interesting myself and intend to keep on with adding it to my blog when time allows. As you will notice I haven’t even had time to get together a few more Pennine Way pics either. I'm not certain but I think the Japanese garden was made by the present owners grand mother. As for working in the garden I don't know if you ever saw Startrek but to give you an idea of what its like I would liken it to being one of the crew on the Enterprise or similar. I don't have any say in which direction the garden is going but once I know I'm pretty much left alone as to how it gets there if you see what I mean. The boss has ideas on how he wants it to evolve and leaves me to organise my work schedule which I think is how it should be because he knows best what sort of garden and plants he likes and I know best when things need doing and how to fit them all in so they get done. Also the responsiblity is my motivation, if I was to just turn up in a morning and told what I had to do I would not feel responsible for the work getting done, it would just become a job to me if you see what I mean. As it is it's not really like work and in that sense its like doing my own garden, I take just as much pride in how it looks as you do with your garden. My aim is perfection even though I know I will never attain it.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Spray Away.

MY WORK BOOK


Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 22/04/2009 08:01
Wed 22/04/2009 08:20
19 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep, put out some minerals and checked the water trough.

Check round the veg garden
Veg Garden
Plant Care
Wed 22/04/2009 08:20
Wed 22/04/2009 08:33
13 minutes
Checked around fruit and veg.

Seeing to greenhouse work
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Glasshouse Work
Wed 22/04/2009 08:33
Wed 22/04/2009 09:00
27 minutes
Put out the trolley, checked the seedlings, opened the vents and watered round.

Spraying
Walled Garden
Weed Control
Wed 22/04/2009 09:00
Wed 22/04/2009 10:42
1.7 hours
Sprayed the hard surfaces in the rose garden, around the potting shed and all the steps.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 22/04/2009 10:42
Wed 22/04/2009 11:27
45 minutes

Seeing to greenhouses
Greenhouse
Glasshouse Work
Wed 22/04/2009 11:27
Wed 22/04/2009 11:37
10 minutes
Put up the shading in the greenhouse.

Spraying
Main Garden
Weed Control
Wed 22/04/2009 11:37
Wed 22/04/2009 12:57
80 minutes
Sprayed the hard surfaces around the iron gates and the summer house.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 22/04/2009 12:57
Wed 22/04/2009 13:58
61 minutes

Hoeing
Main Garden
Weed Control
Wed 22/04/2009 13:58
Wed 22/04/2009 14:41
43 minutes
Finished hoeing the south front gravel.

Mowing
Main Garden
Grass Care
Wed 22/04/2009 14:41
Wed 22/04/2009 15:33
52 minutes
Mowing the lawns.

Weeding
Main Garden
Weed Control
Wed 22/04/2009 15:33
Wed 22/04/2009 16:34
61 minutes
Made a start on weeding the Japanese garden.

Watering
Main Garden
Grass Care
Wed 22/04/2009 16:34
Wed 22/04/2009 16:49
15 minutes
Setting up the sprinkler on the main lawn.

Watering
North Front
Plant Care
Wed 22/04/2009 16:50
Wed 22/04/2009 17:11
21 minutes
Watering and feeding the pansies in the troughs.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Misc
Wed 22/04/2009 17:11
Wed 22/04/2009 17:22
11 minutes

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Wed 22/04/2009 17:22
Wed 22/04/2009 17:48
26 minutes
Put out 3 black bins from the hall, 1 from Pumpend and 1 from Franks.

Watering
Main Garden
Grass Care
Wed 22/04/2009 17:48
Wed 22/04/2009 17:56
8 minutes
Moving the sprinkler.

Watering
Main Garden
Grass Care
Wed 22/04/2009 19:10
Wed 22/04/2009 19:16
6 minutes
Moving the sprinkler.

Seeing to greenhouse
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Glasshouse Work
Wed 22/04/2009 19:16
Wed 22/04/2009 19:26
10 minutes
Closing the vents and taking in the trolley.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB It was only this last week that I stopped the weather and its simply because it takes extra time to get all the data together and I hardly have time to write what I do and I didn’t think many people would be that interested in it so I stopped for a while. The logs that I was dealing with the other day was a delivery that needed to be thrown down the hole in to the cellar. I will have to fill the log box up on Friday as it hasn’t been refilled since the family went back but I must do it before they return whenever that is.

Monday, 20 April 2009

New Strawberry Plants

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
A wet walk through Wark Forest.



MY WORK BOOK

Put down the sheets
North Front
Hall
Mon 20/04/2009 07:00
Mon 20/04/2009 07:30
30 minutes
A load of logs are being delivered so need to put down the sheets to catch the bits.

Seeing to the sheep
Misc
Mon 20/04/2009 08:04
Mon 20/04/2009 08:21
17 minutes
Checked and counted sheep and lambs, there are 28 lambs now.

Check round the veg garden
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Mon 20/04/2009 08:21
Mon 20/04/2009 08:29
8 minutes
Checked on the veg and removed the frost sheet from the cherry tree.

Seeing to greenhouse work
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Mon 20/04/2009 08:29
Mon 20/04/2009 09:15
46 minutes
Checked seeds and seedling, watered round, repotted a plant, removed some dead leaves and put out the trolley.

See to the fire supplies
North Front
Hall
Mon 20/04/2009 09:15
Mon 20/04/2009 10:23
68 minutes
Threw two loads of logs down the cellar.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Mon 20/04/2009 10:23
Mon 20/04/2009 10:55
32 minutes

Planting
Potting Shed
Pumpend
Mon 20/04/2009 10:55
Mon 20/04/2009 12:58
123 minutes
Planting up pots for Pumpend yard.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Mon 20/04/2009 12:58
Mon 20/04/2009 13:49
51 minutes

Sweeping up
Yards
Pumpend
Mon 20/04/2009 13:49
Mon 20/04/2009 14:28
39 minutes
Swept up in both yards replanted most of the pots and watered round.

Planting
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Mon 20/04/2009 14:28
Mon 20/04/2009 15:06
38 minutes
Planted 19 new strawberry plants that I've been growing from last year’s runners.

Servicing machinery
Potting Shed
Mon 20/04/2009 15:06
Mon 20/04/2009 15:54
48 minutes
Had to clean out the diesel filters on the tractor.

Planting
Potting Shed
Indoors
Mon 20/04/2009 15:55
Mon 20/04/2009 17:02
67 minutes
Pricked out 180 Nicotiana seedlings.

Seeing to greenhouse work
Greenhouse
Mon 20/04/2009 17:02
Mon 20/04/2009 17:14
12 minutes
Closed vents and watered a few plants that had dried during the day.

Watering
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Mon 20/04/2009 19:33
Mon 20/04/2009 20:10
37 minutes
Watered the strawberry plants I put in today plus a few other newly planted things.

Seeing to the greenhouses
Conservatory
Indoors
Mon 20/04/2009 20:10
Mon 20/04/2009 20:17
7 minutes
Closing the vents and taking in the trolley.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea,4 corn beef sandwiches.
Dinner:1 mug of tea, Baked potato corn beef onion and baked beans.

NOTES

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Jeanette I don’t really get paid at all for overtime so the extra I work during the summer I take of over the winter. I did watch both the grand prix from China and also the V8s from New Zealand so it was a busy motor racing day for me yesterday. It’s a pity Mark Webber didn’t win instead of his team mate.
The Weaver of Grass ha ha – no I’m never short of rain! It is drying out though but the plants I’m watering are ones that have been newly planted these past few weeks. You’re welcome to the comment, I hope it helps someone.
Red Clover Most of the things I plant are pretty common and what I and many other people have grown for years so there is never a problem knowing how to care for it. The problems I have are with plants that aren’t really native to this country like why do the lemons keep on dropping off my lemon tree. Two weeks hardening off should be enough time. I know I’ve been dragging the trolley in and out for longer than that now but they aren’t the same plants on it as when I started.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Weekend Work.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Sat 18/04/2009 07:38
Sat 18/04/2009 07:48
10 minutes

Checked on the sheep and lambs

See to the greenhouses.
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Sat 18/04/2009 07:48
Sat 18/04/2009 08:33
45 minutes

Opened the vents, put out the trolley and watered round.

Watering
South Front
Main Garden
Sat 18/04/2009 08:33
Sat 18/04/2009 09:01
28 minutes

Watered the plants in the wall.

Watering
West Wall
Walled Garden
Sat 18/04/2009 09:01
Sat 18/04/2009 09:13
12 minutes
Watered Quince and some new Aliums

See to the greenhouses.
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Sat 18/04/2009 15:07
Sat 18/04/2009 15:29
22 minutes
Opening the vents some more.

See to the greenhouses.
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Sat 18/04/2009 20:25
Sat 18/04/2009 20:45
20 minutes
Closed the vents, put in the trolley and protected cherry on west wall of walled garden against frost.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea,4 potato crisp sandwiches.
Dinner: 1glass of peach and tonic water, Chinese chicken and pineapple with chips.

NOTES
NO COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Primula

I recently read a post in Emily's Garden about
http://garden-week-by-week.blogspot.com/2009/04/do-you-think-seedlings-actually-breed.html how she intends to grow more Primula's for next spring. As most of you will know there are many different kinds of Primula's but for those who don't know I've taken some pictures of the ones we have so you can see the difference for yourself.

In this first picture it shows Primula's and Polyanthus planted together. As you can see they are very similar in looks but the Polyanthus, which at the back in the picture stands a bit taller. This is due mainly to the flower been held above the foliage on a single stem whereas the Primula has all its flowers on short individual stems, each flower having its own stem. The Polyanthus flower is like a firework shooting in to the sky before bursting open. I have to say I prefer Polyanthus for this reason, they are more showy and much easier to dead head, and the ones we had this year have flowered all winter.



As well as the above two you also get Cowslip's, the yellow flowers below. These are like Polyanthus in that they have their flowers on top of a single stem.

Below is a picture of an Auricula Primula, these are more often grown to display in pots rather than used for a bedding display although they can often be found in borders of cottage gardens and are well suited to the british climate.
Bob.

Friday, 17 April 2009

The Second Worse Job.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Leaving the wall behind.


A sign post in Wark forest.


MY WORK BOOK

Did some office work
Home
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 08:00
Fri 17/04/2009 08:15
15 minutes
Organising my work list.

Seeing to the bins
Hall
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 08:15
Fri 17/04/2009 08:25
10 minutes
Put out the recycle tubs as I forgot them last night.

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 08:25
Fri 17/04/2009 08:40
15 minutes
Checked and counted lambs and sheep, also put out some minerals.

Checked on the veg garden
Veg garden
Walled Garden
Fri 17/04/2009 08:40
Fri 17/04/2009 08:50
10 minutes
Had to replant some onions which had been pulled out. Of the three colours I have planted the white ones are the worst for this, the red ones being the best.

Checked round the greenhouses
Indoors
Fri 17/04/2009 08:50
Fri 17/04/2009 09:50
1 hour
1) Checking seedlings
2) Watering round
3) Put out the trolley.
4) Tided in grape vine and Eccremocarpus (Chilean Glory Vine).

Mix petrol
Potting Shed
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 09:50
Fri 17/04/2009 10:00
10 minutes
Mixed 5 litres of two stroke petrol.

Cleaning filter
Lily Pond
Walled Garden
Fri 17/04/2009 10:00
Fri 17/04/2009 10:30
30 Minutes
Cleaned out the filter on the lily pond pump.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 10:30
Fri 17/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Had a bonfire (See Notes)
Burn pile
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 10:50
Fri 17/04/2009 12:45
115 minutes
Burnt some boxes and all the prunings that had collected over the past weeks.

Beak for lunch
Home
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 12:45
Fri 17/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Went to get cash
Office
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 13:30
Fri 17/04/2009 13:45
15 minutes
Needed get cash that I was owed for plants and things.


Mowing
Roadside
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 13:45
Fri 17/04/2009 15:00
1.25 hours

Mowing
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Fri 17/04/2009 15:00
Fri 17/04/2009 15:50
50 minutes

Mowing
Around the green.
Public Gardens
Fri 17/04/2009 15:50
Fri 17/04/2009 16:45
55 minutes

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Fri 17/04/2009 16:45
Fri 17/04/2009 17:00
15 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Fri 17/04/2009 17:00
Fri 17/04/2009 17:10
10 minutes
Closed the vents and checked the seedlings

Seeing to the bins
Hall
Misc
Fri 17/04/2009 17:10
Fri 17/04/2009 17:20
10 minutes

See to the greenhouses
Consevatory
Indoors
Fri 17/04/2009 20:00
Fri 17/04/2009 20:15
15 minutes
Took in the trolley and closed the vents. It was to warm to do it earlier.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 3 toasted hotcross buns with marmalade.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, fish and chips.

NOTES
1) Red Clover asked me a while ago which was something I always looked forward to doing, I couldn’t rightly answer her but I can easily tell you two jobs that I totally hate, one is spraying and the other is having a bonfire unfortunately I have to do both on occasion after much dragging of feet. I had loads of other jobs planned for today but as rain was threatening I decided to bite the bullet and dispose of the burn pile, hopefully this will be the last time until next winter.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB You might find this hard to believe Emily but until you said I never even went in to the feed thing either, I just looked at the little flags you can see in the sidebar. I didn’t know anyone who used Linux before, I always fancied a go with it just to see what it was like.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

More Hadrian's Wall

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
More from Hadrians Wall.
Below shows a turret or mile castle, not sure which .



MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 16/04/2009 08:10
Thu 16/04/2009 08:25
15 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

See to the greenhouses
Indoors
Thu 16/04/2009 08:25
Thu 16/04/2009 08:35
10 minutes
1) Checked plants and seeds
2) Put out the trolley

Forking
North wall
Walled Garden
Thu 16/04/2009 08:35
Thu 16/04/2009 10:30
115 minutes
Edging, forking and weeding the border along the base of the north wall.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Thu 16/04/2009 10:30
Thu 16/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Forking
North Wall
Walled Garden
Thu 16/04/2009 10:50
Thu 16/04/2009 12:45
115 minutes

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Thu 16/04/2009 12:45
Thu 16/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Watering
Main Lawn
Main Garden
Thu 16/04/2009 13:30
Thu 16/04/2009 13:50
20 minutes
Setting up the sprinkler

Forking
North Wall
Walled Garden
Thu 16/04/2009 13:50
Thu 16/04/2009 15:50
2 hours Forking over the rose bed in the corner by the big gate.

Edging
Where needed
Walled Garden
Thu 16/04/2009 15:50
Thu 16/04/2009 17:00
70 minutes

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Thu 16/04/2009 17:00
Thu 16/04/2009 17:15
15 minutes

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Thu 16/04/2009 17:15
Thu 16/04/2009 17:30
15 minutes
Put out one green bin, I will be surprised if they take it because someone has filled it with non recyclable items.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 Baked Bean & cheese toasties, 1 apple.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, fish fingers, mashed potatoes, pea and parsley sauce followed by some kinda tart for dessert.

NOTES
Red Clover mentioned the other day about the 'Live Traffic Feed' in my sidebar and it reminded me of something I keep meaning to say which is that I notice that I have a friend in Japan who keeps on popping in to see us, they never leave a comment so I never get the chance to thank them for visiting so I will say thanks and hope that you continue to get pleasure from your visits.


COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara Hadrians Wall is a bit of a milestone on the Pennine Way walk and I have to confess to feeling a little cheated when I get there and see what is on offer these days. I now consider myself lucky after reading your comment cos you were definitely cheated because there is a lot more to see than grassy hills. Apart from the wall there are remains several forts and camps to be viewed, Housteads being one such place.

Oh yes, I did just have lettuce in my sandwich.
The Weaver of Grass I don’t have much trouble with slugs in the garden, I think they all live in the greenhouse where they eat all my seedlings If I don’t watch out.
Matron I don’t know about the Film as I haven’t seen it but if they stopped to do anything they were probably like me and just stopped for a rest cos they were nackered.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

The First Lettuce. (Harvested)

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Hadrians Wall



MY WORK BOOK

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 15/04/2009 08:00
Wed 15/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Wed 15/04/2009 08:20
Wed 15/04/2009 09:00
40 minutes
1) Checked the seeds and seedlings.
2) Watered round.
3) Put out the trolley.

Repotting
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 15/04/2009 09:00
Wed 15/04/2009 09:30
30 minutes
Repotted some Fuchsia and put on the trolley to harden off.

Taking cuttings
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 15/04/2009 09:30
Wed 15/04/2009 10:30
1 hour
Taking dahlia cuttings

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 15/04/2009 10:30
Wed 15/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Planting
Veg Plot
Walled Garden
Wed 15/04/2009 10:50
Wed 15/04/2009 11:20
30 minutes
Planted some lettuce


Weeding
West Wall
Walled Garden
Wed 15/04/2009 11:20
Wed 15/04/2009 12:45
85 minutes
Forking over the border at the base of the west wall.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 15/04/2009 12:45
Wed 15/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Weeding
West Wall
Walled Garden
Wed 15/04/2009 13:30
Wed 15/04/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
As before lunch.

Mowing
Lawns
Walled Garden
Wed 15/04/2009 15:00
Wed 15/04/2009 16:00
1 hour
Cut the lawns with the tractor. (Note 1)

Weeding
North Wall
Walled Garden
Wed 15/04/2009 16:00
Wed 15/04/2009 17:00
1 hour
Made a start on weeding the base of the north wall.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 15/04/2009 17:00
Wed 15/04/2009 17:15
15 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Wed 15/04/2009 17:15
Wed 15/04/2009 17:30
15 minutes
Checked on the seedlings and took in the trolley.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 lettuce sandwiches,4 pieces of malt loaf.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, Baked beans on toast.

NOTES
1) I decided to cut the lawns in the walled garden with the tractor this week both to save time and also there were a few course bits of grass the other mower won’t pick up.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB Burton Agnes hall is nice, I know what you mean about the windows.
Red Clover Not sure how that loggin’ in things works because I seem to log in from a variety of place. I do have a few veg in the greenhouse but mainly it is given over to ornamental plants. In the summer I grow tomatoes, cucumber, melon and aubergine under glass as a lot of the plants can go out for the summer. Further to your other question I had a bit of a count up today and I grow around 50 different kinds of flower and veg seed.
Jeanette The Gladioli are in two colours, ten white and ten pale yellow. I will plant another twenty in two weeks and another twenty two weeks after that and so on that way there will be a succession of flowers for cutting through the summer.
The Weaver of Grass No I’ve never grown PakChoi, nor eaten it for that matter. As you will see above I to planted out some lettuce today. I haven’t covered mine though.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Potato Planting Day

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Thirlwall Castle






MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 14/04/2009 08:00
Tue 14/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
1) Checked and counted the sheep.
2) Put out some minerals.

See to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Tue 14/04/2009 08:20
Tue 14/04/2009 08:55
35 minutes
1) Checked the seeds and seedlings.
2) Watered round.

Taking cuttings
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 14/04/2009 08:55
Tue 14/04/2009 10:30
95 minutes
Took geranium and dahlia cuttings.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Tue 14/04/2009 10:30
Tue 14/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Planting
Flower border
Main Garden
Tue 14/04/2009 10:50
Tue 14/04/2009 11:15
25 minutes
Planted an Eremus robustus the boss bought from Burton Agnes. (See Notes)

Planting
Veg garden
Walled Garden
Tue 14/04/2009 11:15
Tue 14/04/2009 12:45
1.5 hours
Planting potatoes.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 14/04/2009 12:45
Tue 14/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Seeing to greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Tue 14/04/2009 13:30
Tue 14/04/2009 13:45
15 minutes
Putting air on as the sun came out.

Planting
Veg garden
Walled Garden
Tue 14/04/2009 13:45
Tue 14/04/2009 16:20
155 minutes

Planting
Conservatory
Walled Garden
Tue 14/04/2009 16:20
Tue 14/04/2009 16:50
30 minutes
Planted 20 Gladioli. A mix of Nova Lux and White Prosperity.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 14/04/2009 16:50
Tue 14/04/2009 17:00
10 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors Tue 14/04/2009 17:00
Tue 14/04/2009 17:15
15 minutes
Took in the trolley and closed the vents.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 cheese and onion sandwiches, 1 apple.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, Fried potatoes, bacon and baked beans.

NOTES
Plant sales at Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

EB I would rather stick with no hair then a toupee!
Kimmie No I didn’t eat all the egg in one go, I still have some left actually.
Red Clover Yes I think it might be pretty horrible if that happens if for no other reason that Vicki might get to wondering who Sarah is. You always ask me some good questions. I will have to have a count up sometime, there will be over 30 different kinds of seeds though some of which need sowing several times over the year.
Matron Don’t worry Tom won’t touch it unless I tell him, he’s very good like that, he won’t even take the other dogs food if they leave any.
Jeanette I don’t have to do anything like that with the celery as I use the self blanching kind.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Hadrian's Wall

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
The line of Hadrians Wall.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 09/04/2009 08:00
Thu 09/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted sheep and lambs.

Check greenhouses
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 08:20
Thu 09/04/2009 08:35
15 minutes
1) Check seeds and seedlings.
2) Put out the trolley.

Pricking out sunflowers
Potting Shed
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 08:35
Thu 09/04/2009 09:20
45 minutes

Finding some plants for the trolley
Greenhouse
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 09:20
Thu 09/04/2009 09:30
10 minutes
Put some peas and broad beans to harden off on the trolley.

Pricking out
Potting Shed
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 09:30
Thu 09/04/2009 09:55
25 minutes
Pricked out 18 celery plants.

Pricking out
Potting Shed
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 09:55
Thu 09/04/2009 10:30
35 minutes
Petunia's

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Thu 09/04/2009 10:30
Thu 09/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Planting
Front Drive
Public Gardens
Thu 09/04/2009 10:50
Thu 09/04/2009 11:50
1 hour
Planted some Hosta's by the gate to the churchyard

Getting logs
Cellar
Hall
Thu 09/04/2009 11:50
Thu 09/04/2009 12:15
25 minutes
Had to get some logs from the garden house and put in the cellar of the hall as they are running a bit low.

Harrow gravel
North Front
Public Gardens
Thu 09/04/2009 12:15
Thu 09/04/2009 12:45
30 minutes

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Thu 09/04/2009 12:45
Thu 09/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Planting
Veg Plot
Walled Garden
Thu 09/04/2009 13:30
Thu 09/04/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
Six rows of Onions

Planting
Veg garden
Walled Garden
Thu 09/04/2009 15:00
Thu 09/04/2009 15:40
40 minutes
Sweet peas

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 15:40
Thu 09/04/2009 16:00
20 minutes

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Thu 09/04/2009 16:00
Thu 09/04/2009 16:15
15 minutes
Took back all the black bins, didn’t put out the recycle tubs as didn’t think they would be collecting tomorrow.

Watering
South Front
Main Garden
Thu 09/04/2009 16:15
Thu 09/04/2009 17:15
1 hour
Watered all the plants in the walls

Seeing to the greenhouses
Indoors
Thu 09/04/2009 17:15
Thu 09/04/2009 17:30
15 minutes

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 1 bowl of plumbs, 1 piece of date and walnut cake.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, Fried potatoes, bacon and baked beans.

NOTES
Today at work I was presented with a Thortons chocolate easter egg by the family which was very nice of them I thought.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB If I was going to put (h)air on anywhere other than the greenhouses it would be my head I can assure you of that Emily.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Mowing Day

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 08/04/2009 08:00
Wed 08/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep and lambs, put out some minerals.

See to greenhouse work
Indoors
Wed 08/04/2009 08:20
Wed 08/04/2009 08:35
15 minutes
1) Checked seeds and seedlings.
2) Watered round.
3) Put out the trolley and opened the vents a little.

Watering & feeding
North Front
Public Gardens
Wed 08/04/2009 08:35
Wed 08/04/2009 08:55
20 minutes
Watered and fed pansies in troughs with a liquid feed.

Strimming
Any long grass
Walled Garden
Wed 08/04/2009 08:55
Wed 08/04/2009 09:20
25 minutes

Strimming
Any long grass
Main Garden
Wed 08/04/2009 09:20
Wed 08/04/2009 09:40
20 minutes

See to fire supplies
Cellar
Hall
Wed 08/04/2009 09:40
Wed 08/04/2009 10:05
25 minutes
Took up 3 baskets of logs.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 08/04/2009 10:05
Wed 08/04/2009 10:30
25 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Indoors
Wed 08/04/2009 10:30
Wed 08/04/2009 10:45
15 minutes
Putting on more air and lowering the blinds.

Mowing
Lawns
Main Garden
Wed 08/04/2009 10:45
Wed 08/04/2009 12:15
1.5 hours
Only got off half a box of grass.

Mowing
North Front
Public Gardens
Wed 08/04/2009 12:15
Wed 08/04/2009 12:30
15 minutes

Mowing
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Wed 08/04/2009 12:30
Wed 08/04/2009 13:10
40 minutes

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 08/04/2009 13:10
Wed 08/04/2009 14:00
50 minutes

Went to the office
Misc
Wed 08/04/2009 14:00
Wed 08/04/2009 14:10
10 minutes
Needed to get money I was owed for fertiliser.

See to greenhouses
Indoors
Wed 08/04/2009 14:10
Wed 08/04/2009 14:20
10 minutes
Took off the shading and took some air off.

Mowing
Lawn
Walled Garden
Wed 08/04/2009 14:20
Wed 08/04/2009 16:30
130 minutes

Mowing
Rough grass
Public Gardens
Wed 08/04/2009 16:30
Wed 08/04/2009 17:20
50 minutes
Taking away grass cuttings
Walled Garden
Wed 08/04/2009 17:20
Wed 08/04/2009 17:30
10 minutes

See to greenhouses
Indoors
Wed 08/04/2009 17:30
Wed 08/04/2009 17:40
10 minutes
Take in the trolley and close the vents.

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Wed 08/04/2009 17:40
Wed 08/04/2009 18:40
1 hour

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 mulberry jam sandwiches, 1 pear.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, fish and chips.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Tidying Up The Courtyard

MY WORK BOOK

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Mon 07/04/2009 08:00
Mon 07/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

Sowing
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 07/04/2009 09:00
Tue 07/04/2009 10:15
1.25 hours
Broad beans.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Tue 07/04/2009 10:15
Tue 07/04/2009 10:40
25 minutes

Fastening back a conifer
Japanese Garden
Main Garden
Tue 07/04/2009 10:40
Tue 07/04/2009 11:30
50 minutes
The is a conifer growing up against a wall which has come away so I had to put in a strap to hold it back.

Weeding
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Tue 07/04/2009 11:30
Tue 07/04/2009 12:45
1.25 hours

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 07/04/2009 12:45
Tue 07/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Weeding
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Tue 07/04/2009 13:30
Tue 07/04/2009 16:30
3 hours
Continued to weed the borders.

See to the greenhouses
Indoors
Tue 07/04/2009 16:30
Tue 07/04/2009 16:45
15 minutes
Closed the vents and put in the trolley.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Tue 07/04/2009 16:45
Tue 07/04/2009 17:00
15 minutes

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 2 toasted tea cakes, 1 apple and 1 pear.
Dinner:1glass of peach juice and tonic water, shepherds pie.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
EB It’s what you get used to I reckon, I just keep on going because there are always more jobs coming on to the work book than are going off it now and then there are all these bank holidays coming up which are going to be a right pain.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Wallflowers

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Old buildings around Lambley


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 2C
Temp High: 14C
Feels Like: 2 to 11C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 25 mph
Wind Direction: S
UV Index: Low
Weather: Some sun and cloud.

MY WORK BOOK

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Mon 06/04/2009 08:00
Mon 06/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

See to the greenhouses
Indoors
Mon 06/04/2009 08:20
Mon 06/04/2009 09:40
80 minutes
Checked the seeds and seedlings, put out the plants, watered round.

See to fire supplies
Hall
Misc
Mon 06/04/2009 09:40
Mon 06/04/2009 10:10
30 minutes
Took up 7 baskets of logs.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Mon 06/04/2009 10:10
Mon 06/04/2009 10:25
15 minutes

Planting
South Front
Main Garden
Mon 06/04/2009 10:25
Mon 06/04/2009 13:00
155 minutes
Added some wall flowers to the wall borders.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Mon 06/04/2009 13:00
Mon 06/04/2009 13:45
45 minutes

Weeding
Around the wall
Walled Garden
Mon 06/04/2009 13:45
Mon 06/04/2009 16:45
3 hours
Made a start on weeding the strip of ground along the bottom of the west wall.

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Mon 06/04/2009 16:45
Mon 06/04/2009 17:00
15 minutes
Took in the trolley and closed the vents.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Mon 06/04/2009 17:00
Mon 06/04/2009 17:15
15 minutes

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 bacon sandwiches and 2 toasted tea cakes.
Dinner:1 mug of tea, sausage and mash with vegetables and gravy.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara Sometimes I forget that’s what’s obvious to me isn’t so for other people so thanks for asking about it. I usually prefer just bone meal but this bag was half price with the addition of blood and fish. Bone meal is a potash feed where as blood fish and bone is more of a balanced feed.
EB I’ve lent tools to people in the past and they’ve come back dirty and rusty which is annoying when I go to such lengths to keep them clean. When me and Vicki go round the gardens we want to pull out weeds and stand plants up, it s real hard not to.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Who is your real friend?

Who is your real friend?

This really works...!
If you don't believe it, just try this experiment.
Put your dog and your wife in the boot of the car for an hour.When you open the trunk, which one is really happy to see you?




Friday, 3 April 2009

Blood, Fish & Bone Meal.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 03/04/2009 08:00
Fri 03/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep and put out some minerals.

See to the greenhouse
Indoors
Fri 03/04/2009 08:20
Fri 03/04/2009 08:45
25 minutes
Put out the trolley, checked the seeds and seedlings.

Make an inventory (Note 1)
Potting Shed
Misc
Fri 03/04/2009 08:45
Fri 03/04/2009 09:00
15 minutes

Forking
Lily Pond
Walled Garden
Fri 03/04/2009 09:00
Fri 03/04/2009 10:00
1 hour
Forked over the rose beds.

Checking fire supplies
Cellar
Hall
Fri 03/04/2009 10:00
Fri 03/04/2009 10:30
30 minutes
Took in 5 baskets of logs.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Fri 03/04/2009 10:30
Fri 03/04/2009 10:50
20 minutes

Planting
Veg Plot
Walled Garden
Fri 03/04/2009 10:50
Fri 03/04/2009 11:45
55 minutes
Planted a row of beetroot.

Sweeping
Main Drive
Public Gardens
Fri 03/04/2009 11:45
Fri 03/04/2009 12:45
1 hour

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Fri 03/04/2009 12:45
Fri 03/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Fri 03/04/2009 13:30
Fri 03/04/2009 14:30
1 hour
Swept out the conservatory and tidied up a few plants.

Meet boss at the hall
Hall
Fri 03/04/2009 14:30
Fri 03/04/2009 15:30
1 hour

Planting
Japanese Garden
Main Garden
Fri 03/04/2009 15:30
Fri 03/04/2009 16:00
30 minutes
Plant heathers the boss bought from Harlow Carr.

Harrow the gravel
North Front
Public Gardens
Fri 03/04/2009 16:00
Fri 03/04/2009 16:30
30 minutes

Taking cuttings
Potting Shed
Indoors
Fri 03/04/2009 16:30
Fri 03/04/2009 16:50
20 minutes
Took dahlia cuttings of Border Princess (No.6)

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Fri 03/04/2009 16:50
Fri 03/04/2009 17:00
10 minutes

See to greenhouse work
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Fri 03/04/2009 19:00
Fri 03/04/2009 19:30
30 minutes
Put on the heaters, close the vents and put in the plant trolley.

BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 mulberry jam sandwiches and 2 fairy cakes.
Dinner: 1 glass of peach juice and tonic water, Chinese chicken and pineapple with chips.


NOTES

1) When I first started here I made an arragement with the bosses father to use my own hand tools. Recently it has come to light that when the boss took over this information wasn't passed on to him and he came to me wanting access to the tools. I had to point out that I didn't mind him borrowing them but he needed to know that they were mine and needed to be treated accordingly. He was okay about it and understood my position and asked me to make a list of tools that he did own which is what the inventory was about.

2) Sara Is curious about my choice of plant feed so I took a picture of the bag for you to see for yourselves that its no joke.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara I have no idea who’s blood they use!
EB Ha ha!!
Kimmie That’s all there is left after I fed the rest of them to the plants!!!
The Weaver of Grass Cutting the grass always makes such a difference to the garden. Cutting grass of one sort or another takes about one and a half days out of every week during the growing season.
Jim The grease nipple is just to lubricate a belt tensioner so not something that gets much use, not sure if I can get the rest of the nipple out or not.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Heading for Lambley Colliery.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
One of the nice B&Bs I stayed at during the second week.
(To the left of the white house).


Heading to Lambley Colliery.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 4C
Temp High: 10C
Feels Like: 4 to 8C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind Direction: E
UV Index: Low
Weather: Cloudy and cold.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 02/04/2009 08:00
Thu 02/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked the sheep.

See to the greenhouses
Indoors
Thu 02/04/2009 08:20
Thu 02/04/2009 09:30
70 minutes
Checked seeds and seedlings, put out the trolley, watered round and potted up a couple of plants.

Seviced and fitted cutting deck to the tractor.
Potting Shed
Thu 02/04/2009 09:30
Thu 02/04/2009 10:00
30 minutes
One of the grease nipples broke off thankfully its not a very important grease point so can manage as is for the time being.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Thu 02/04/2009 10:00
Thu 02/04/2009 10:15
15 minutes

Mowing
Lawn
Walled Garden
Thu 02/04/2009 10:15
Thu 02/04/2009 12:00
1.75 hours
Made a start on cutting the lawns in the walled garden.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Thu 02/04/2009 12:00
Thu 02/04/2009 12:45
45 minutes
Took an early lunch break to give the grass more time to dry out as the dew was slow to clear.

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Thu 02/04/2009 12:45
Thu 02/04/2009 13:15
30 minutes
Closed all the vents as the day wasn’t warming up as expected, in fact it turning colder, the temps being 10 degrees colder than yesterday.

Mowing
Lawn
Walled Garden
Thu 02/04/2009 13:00
Thu 02/04/2009 14:00
1 hour Finished off the lawns.

Mowing
Lawn
Main Garden
Thu 02/04/2009 14:00
Thu 02/04/2009 15:30
1.5 hours

Mowing
North Front
Public Gardens
Thu 02/04/2009 15:30
Thu 02/04/2009 15:45
15 minutes

Mowing
Courtyard
Public Gardens
Thu 02/04/2009 15:45
Thu 02/04/2009 16:30
45 minutes

Mowing
The green
Public Gardens
Thu 02/04/2009 16:30
Thu 02/04/2009 17:15
45 minutes

Putting away the mowers
Misc
Thu 02/04/2009 17:00
Thu 02/04/2009 17:15
15 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Thu 02/04/2009 17:15
Thu 02/04/2009 17:30
15 minutes
Put the heaters on and put in the trolley.

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Thu 02/04/2009 17:30
Thu 02/04/2009 17:45
15 minutes
Put back the green wheelie bin and put out 2 recycles tubs.


BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 crisp sandwiches and 2 lemon and raisin pancakes .
Dinner: 1 glass of peach juice and tonic water, fish fingers, mashed potato, peas and parsley sauce.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara Sorry, I missed out the comma, I actually feed them on fish, blood and bone meal
Adi You sound like my Tommy, he’s partial to a crust or two. I will be glad when the summer comes and I can have tomato and lettuce and what have you. We have tomatoes from the shop but you might as well eat fresh air for all the taste there is in them so I don’t bother.
Jeanette Yes there were 2 more lambs this morning. I mainly have sandwiches because I only have 45 minutes for lunch so I just want to get something quick and sit down for a while. I don’t mind sandwiches though.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Finishing Off The Rock Garden.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
The river South Tyne near Slaggyford.


Slaggyford


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 4C
Temp High: 19C
Feels Like: 7 to 20C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind Direction: SE
UV Index: Low
Weather: Mostly sunny.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 08:00
Wed 01/04/2009 08:20
20 minutes
Checked and counted the sheep.

See to greenhouse work
Indoors
Wed 01/04/2009 08:20
Wed 01/04/2009 09:30
70 minutes
Took out the trolley, check seeds and seedlings, moved some plants into consevatory and potted on some plants.

Check the fire supplies
Cellar
Hall
Wed 01/04/2009 09:30
Wed 01/04/2009 10:00
30 minutes
Took up 4 baskets of logs and 1 bucket of coal.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 10:00
Wed 01/04/2009 10:20
20 minutes

Feeding
Fruit and around the wall
Walled Garden
Wed 01/04/2009 10:20
Wed 01/04/2009 11:30
70 minutes
Fed blood, fish and bone meal to all the wall side plants and fruit bushes & trees.

Shopping
Garden Centre
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 11:30
Wed 01/04/2009 12:15
45 minutes
Went for some compost.

Shopping
Filling Station
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 12:15
Wed 01/04/2009 12:45
30 minutes
Went for some petrol for the mowers, got £15 worth.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 12:45
Wed 01/04/2009 13:30
45 minutes

Forking
North Front
Public Gardens
Wed 01/04/2009 13:30
Wed 01/04/2009 17:00
3.5 hours
Finished forking over the rock garden. There were quite a lot of perennial weeds to be dug out.

See to the bins
Hall
Misc
Wed 01/04/2009 17:00
Wed 01/04/2009 17:10
10 minutes
Put out Franks green bin, there was nothing to put out for the hall.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Indoors
Wed 01/04/2009 17:10
Wed 01/04/2009 17:30
20 minutes

Seeing to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Indoors
Wed 01/04/2009 19:30
Wed 01/04/2009 19:45
15 minutes
Put on the heaters, closed any vents still open and put in the trolley.


BOB’S BANQUETS
Breakfast: 1 mug of tea and 3 Shredded Wheat
Tea Break: 1 mug of tea.
Lunch: 1 mug of tea, 4 cheese sandwiches and 1 apple.
Dinner: 1 mug of tea, fish and chips.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Red Clover What a really good question and one I can’t rightly answer straight off. I wonder in fact if maybe you have to divide it up a little because as the year goes round you take on different types of work so things are always changing, I will have to give it more thought and let you know.
Jeanette The tea cakes are also known as hot cross buns, it’s like bread with currants in. I saw a bit of what it’s like in your part of the world last weekend, even got to look at some of the fire damage with Mark Webber.
The Weaver of Grass I think that makes a lot of sense, apart from the roses enjoying the rough treatment it would be great seeing them ripping your worst enemy to shreds!!!