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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Core blimey Carrot time already

Today I managed to get a full day on the garden and cored my first stump carrot bed. As my early shows are at the end of august I needed to get this done asap. as sweet candle take 22 weeks from sowing to maturity I am actually a week late.I have changed my mix this year and am using a variation of  Ian Simpsons mix the mix I decided on is
2oz Dolomite Lime
2oz Seaweed meal
2oz Nutrimate
1oz Super phosphate
1 oz Sulphate of potash
4 gallons sieved peat
1 gallon silver sand
1 gallon fine Vermiculite
1 gallon sieved bagged top soil
this was all mixed up in my mixer for half an hour to ensure an evenly distributed mix. 4 mixes filled 45 holes I then sowed 2 seeds per station and watered well. It is now just a case of waiting for them to germinate then thinning them down to one per station.

I also sowed my first chitted parsnip seeds 5 stations so far

Kelsae onions are now flying along

Vento onions that were planted in to the tunnel last week have now settled in nicely despite the snow that we had this week

we are now eating spring cabbage which has done well 


  1. Paul, Did you make your own Polytunnel? I'm planning to make one later this year and noticed yours.

  2. Corny yes I did. I have some step by step photos and instructions if you bear with me ill dig them out this week and post them on the blog, in the mean time you need some 50mm water or gas pipe and some scaffold tube and boards

  3. Cool, I just looked at the photos thinking "I wonder if you'd written up how you made the poly tunnel anywere"

  4. Don't envy that snow you had last week. Looking good in the polytunnel.