More Shelving, re- planting and still life..

I cant believe just how much rain we are having this month, i know its april showers and all that, but come on, two villages i pass through on my way to the plot are closed to flooding, i may just have to learn the boatbuilding trade shortly.

Although the weather is a tad off colour at the moment, inside the tunnel things are moving along quite quickly. Lettuce seeds we planted just a couple of weeks ago now need transplanting into something bigger. Rather than planting in indivual pots, or planting outside like i really want to, and conditions wont allow anyway,  we have commandeered a few large trays with  which to replant into.

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Lettuce Tray
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Replanted and watered..

As the seeds are getting away well and more replanting will need to be done over the next couple of weeks we have decided to buy another 4 shelving units to put the transplanted plants on. The shelves are nice and light and easy to move about,  we need to keep the floor as empty as possible because of all the tomatoes, peppers, chillies and courgettes we plan to grow.

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More Storage

Now moving on, over the last week or so i have been painting with pastel pencils and soft pastels working on animal faces and eyes. This time i concentrated my efforts on still life, you can also see my still life paintings in oil too in the drop down menu in my art section.

I really enjoyed these 2 paintings, it is so lovely to be able to blend the pastels together seemlessly and easily too, also using the pastelmat paper is a revelation to me, you can achieve really good detail, it also holds the pastel really well.4pears

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The Plot at the start of April..

Yet Another swift but productive day today at the plot, a local garden center is closing down and i get a good discount there, so we visited again today. Our haul consisted of several rolls of wire meshing to cover the fruit once we have built a cage for them, nails, string, bamboo canes, fly sticky sheets, bramley apple tree and of course a few more seeds.

Although we had another covering of snow yesterday and with the amount of rain we have had recently, lots of the villages are having problems with water running off the fields and the tiny streams and brooks are flooding and making the streets waterlogged and difficult to pass through, but despite all this when the sun comes out it is lovely and warm and its only a matter of time before the spring really kicks in.

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Yellow sticky flysheets

The seeds are growing well and responding to the warmer temperature inside the tunnel, but with that comes the aphids. Managed to get hold of the yellow sticky cards to hang inside the tunnel near produce which catch any rogue aphids that appear, we will need all the help we can get when it comes to pests, thats why we have started growing flowers to attract them in.

As some of the seeds are growing larger we have decided to go back there and start to thin them out tommorow while we have the time.

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Lettuce seeds growing away

The strawberries are really getting to grips with the Canna BIORhizotonic feed,  its working a treat. We now have have flowers starting to appear on our strawberry plants, on looking around today we noticed a bee on a leaf near the flowers, loving this alreadybeeflower