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Sowing the seeds


Saturday 21st February

Well, the Christie’s have finally started to grow their own veg. Saturday Morning arrrives, the beast of a cultivator machine is in the back garden ready to go, the kids are in their out door gear and I have my new wellies on and we’re raring to go.

We marked out the three veg plots, spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to work the machine, and set off on. I thought it would take hours to do, and in reality took about 5 minutes a veg patch, soooo glad we’d decided to hire the cultivator and not do it all by hand.

Then the hard work started, laying the edging down, turning over the soil and generally spending lots of time digging, so drafted in some helpers to get stuck in :O)

We had bought some cheap plastic edging from Haskins which comes in a role and has to be dug in around the plots, so while Rachel, Sarah and Lochlan did this, I started to turn the soil with a fork before putting in lots of organic chicken poo which ended up stinking the garden out….

The kids loved it, Lochlan with his wheelbarrow and spade, decided to carry one of the rolls of edging around and fling mud about and basically be all manly while Brenna was quite happy lounging back and watching the world go by.

My Dad was down for a visit to help paint the house so assumed the Grampa role of drinking a can of lager and giving out lots of advice………

So, veg plots done, green house up and we have the following seeds planted..

Cauliflower (Snowball)
Brussels Sprout (Rubine)
Tomato (Gardeners Delight)
Tomato (St. Pierre)
Pea (Ambassador
Carrot (Nantes 2)
Carrot (Miami)
Parsnip (Gladiator F1)
Radish (Saxa2)
Onion (Ramrod)
Lettuce (Ice King)

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Well done you. Keep us up to date on how things grow and keep your eyes peeled for weeds.

2 Mar, 2009


now the fun begins. your children are wonderful. cant wait to see how this progresses.

2 Mar, 2009


You achieved a lot - a real family project! Looked like hard work, but fun!

2 Mar, 2009


Very good, its great to see everybody working together.

2 Mar, 2009


Bring on the parsnips!!

2 Mar, 2009


Trust me you won't regret it. Having homegrown produce is just wonderful. I grow herbs and vegs in raised beds, on year 3 now and each year we keep having to put in more and more.

2 Mar, 2009


Thanks all, one of the main reasons was something to do as a family that we would enjoy, and yes I did spot you Rachel, your more than welcome to some veg when they arrive, as long as you keep coming over to dig ;-)

2 Mar, 2009


You have two wonderful helpers !
Welcome to GoY too.

2 Mar, 2009


Hi well done, welcome to GOY & remember to make sure you have your greehouse safe least bit of wind & it will be bye bye greenhouse.

3 Mar, 2009

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