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Monday washing day

Post: #288642 Odsox
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:53 pm

It's amazing how many flower pots I use. These have been stacked on the potting shed draining board for the best part of a year. Now with spring looming and a nice sunny couple of days (with an icy wind) I decided I must get stuck in and wash them up, these and 94 plant labels !
These are today's little lot drip drying.

I must point out that I sow everything in pots, nothing at all in the ground, so everything I grow needs at least one, if not two pots. That way I can avoid feeding the slugs and sow just the right amount of seed for the plants that I need, less wasted expensive seed.

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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288643 Green Aura
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:55 pm

It must have been the day for sorting and preparing - we sorted all our seeds and chucked out a load of old ones. I think we'll still have enough of everything to see us through this year.

We also checked on the contents of the polytunnel and gave everything a drink. Can you believe we've got olives! They're only about half size but bigger than any we've managed up here before. I'm now deliberating whether to try brining them.

Are those brassicas in the hydroponic tube? They look good. Do you grow them to harvest there or start them and then plant them out?
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288645 Flo
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:31 am

Would someone like to come up and wash some pots for me? Only the large ones left to do up the plot.

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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288646 Odsox
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:27 am

Green Aura wrote:Are those brassicas in the hydroponic tube? They look good. Do you grow them to harvest there or start them and then plant them out?

Yes, there are 3 cauliflowers and the rest are spring cabbage. They will stay there to maturity and should be out long before I need to refill the pipe with cucumbers and melons.
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288647 Odsox
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:29 am

Flo wrote:Would someone like to come up and wash some pots for me? Only the large ones left to do up the plot.

Don't look at me Flo, it's taken me nearly a year to do my own. :lol:
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288648 bonniethomas06
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:58 pm

How satisfying, rows on rows of nice clean pots!

I am still in awe of your lovely greenhouse.

I must confess my pots are still festering in the shed, as we have temporarily repurposed my beautiful new, squeaky clean greenhouse as avian-flu proof chicken housing :angryfire:
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288653 ina
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:27 pm

My pots tend to float about in a corner of the garden, and get re-arranged every time a storm brews up... :)

(Yes, I do have a shed - but that's too full with other stuff!)
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288659 Odsox
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:47 am

Green Aura wrote:Can you believe we've got olives! They're only about half size but bigger than any we've managed up here before.

That's interesting and I'm impressed. :salute:
I have looked at olive trees before in catalogues and didn't think it would be possible here. I know they grow outside up in Ulster but I doubt they would survive the salt laden winds here. What I didn't realise was that they produced fruit when still small enough to grow in the polytunnel.
Hmm, neither of us like olives that much, but would be something different if I saw some cheap.
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288660 Green Aura
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:51 pm

Odsox wrote:I doubt they would survive the salt laden winds here.


We're only half a mile from the beach and I'm sure they grow near the coast in their native countries, don't they?

It has been unseasonably warm here for the last few weeks (relatively). We were in double figures fairly regularly towards the end of December. Even the high winds earlier in the month weren't particularly cold.
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288662 Odsox
Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:21 pm

Green Aura wrote:
Odsox wrote:I doubt they would survive the salt laden winds here.


We're only half a mile from the beach and I'm sure they grow near the coast in their native countries, don't they?

Are you growing your olive outside then, I assumed by your post that it was in your polytunnel?
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288664 Green Aura
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:52 pm

The polytunnel has quite big gaps since the storms a couple of years ago so I'm pretty certain the salt winds get in regularly.
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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288666 Flo
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:56 pm

:lol: I'm disappointed in none of you people from hardier areas want to move down to my slightly softer climate to pot wash! :dontknow:

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Re: Monday washing day

Post: #288669 Green Aura
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:13 am

Softer climate be b*ggered - it's a lot warmer here, Flo. I'm stopping where I am.
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