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Tasks in Chronological Order
Tasks in Chronological Order
Tasks in Chronological Order
Tasks in Chronological Order
Totals
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Soil Sampling Chicken Tractor
Rotation
Planting Garlic Winter Fertilizing Spring PrepPropagation Spring PrepSpring Fertilising Support Stakes - Toms Support Stakes - Beans Sowing Sharpening Tom Stakes Planting Tomatoes Observations and Watering Observations and Snail Picking Weeding 1 Propagation Planting Squash Tying Tomato - Tom Pruning Observations TransplantsPlanting out Support Species Tying Tomatoes 1Planting Basil
Weeding
Tying Tomatoes 2
and Pinching out
Tying/Pinching Toms - Weeding Chop and Drop Tying Tomatoes 3 and 4Tying Tomatoes /Transplants and Wedding Harvest
Beans/Tomatoes and Squash
Harvest
Beans/Tomatoes and Squash
Harvest
Beans/Tomatoes and Squash
Harvest
Beans/Tomatoes and Squash
Harvest
Beans/Toms
Harvest
Beans/Toms
Harvest
Beans/Toms
Harvest
Beans/Toms
Harvest
Beans
Mowing Paths Tidy Up and HarvestTidy Up and HarvestCrop Chop and Drop and packing away stakes Irrigation
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Date 01.11.1401.11.14 to 04.12.1417.11.1429.01.1505.02.1503.03.1517.03.1518.03.1518.03.1520.04.1421.04.1521.04.1501.05.1508.05.15 11.05.1518.05.1515.05.15 19.05.1519.05.1511.05.1519.05.1520.05.1529.05.1530.05.1505.06.1514.06.1527.06.1512.07 - 13.0714/07/201519/07/2015
20/07/2105
23/07/201527/07/201504/08/201508/08/201512/08/201513/08/201517/08/2015
21/08/2015
24/08/2015
06.05.15
22.05.15
15.06.15
8.08.15
25.09.15
02.09.1525.09.1520.10.1507.07
15/07
22/07
29/07
5/08
12/08
19/08
02/09
09/09
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Task Description Following the removal of the season's produce Soil samples are taken from each bed and mixed
,labeled clearly and sent to the lab for analysis
Chicken Tractor moved onto beds in early November
2-3 days per bed. Kitchen scraps and straw added on a daily basis.
After move shovel up the fallen material from the bed, fork over the entire surface and apply mulch from 3 comfrey plants
Remove surface mulch
Create five furrows with hoe across the beds 15 cm apart
Plant Garlic 15 cm apart in each row, approx 46 garlics per row
Cover cloves with 20L of compost and press firmly
Water in with sprinkle watering can 18L per bed
Reapply surface mulch
50g per m2 x 6m2 per bed = 300 g of ash per bed sprinkled on surface
1 scoop of the fiskar hand trowel = approx 50 -70g
Forking over beds , shovelling up paths onto beds, mulching with straw hoeing weeds and cereal seeds germinated from leftover chook food. Tomato and Basil seeds sown inside and labelled
Medium prepared sand and worm casting 50/50. watered and added to database
Unloading Straw bales for Mulching Weeding winter growth
Forking over
Adding compost
Applying mulch
Gathering stakes and tools
Making holes for stakes
Erecting support stakes in Bed A - with sledgehammer.
Making holes for bean pole tripods erecting poles and tying up the top Making nest, Adding handful of sowing medium, sowing beans and squash and watering holes Sharpening Tom Stakes Dug holes for tomatoes and removed nearby weeds (chop and drop)
Laid pots besides holes
Planted toms and top dressed with 1 shovel of compost
Watered well
Testing the moisture levels in the seeds nests, looking around at seed nests for any signs of herbivory damage, looking to see if squash seeds have germinated and assessing weed growth to see if another round of weeding is necessary. Outcome was that squash seed nests were watered Checking bean germination rates and mollusc damage on the crops. Picking off slugs and snails from the beds and surrounding area's Weeding CTBS Pricking out Crops and Support Species, watering and weeding Planting squash plants in nests where the seeds had failed or the plants were very weak Making ties
Tying tomatoes to stakes
Pinching out axillary growth
Checking plant qualityTransplanting beans from nests where more than one has germinated into nest where no beans had germinated. Some weeding was also carried during the process. Watering each nest after.Transplanting Tagetes spp. , Tropaeolum majus and Calendula officinalis from Nurseries bed into the CTB's and watering in Tying second support on tomato plants planting out Basil, weeding and pinching out axillary growth
Rhizomatous weeds removed all other weeds applied to surface as mulch
Cutting 66 tyes
tying toms to prevent wind damage and pinching out when needed
Pinching out axillary growth, pulling up weeds from within the beds on the boundaries and in the pathway and using weeds to mulch the crop plants. Tying tomatoes to stakes.Tying second support on tomato plants Weeding from sides and within
Tying up tomatoes
Pinching out tomatoes
Cutting back Squash
Mulching from overhanging Comfrey and Tamarisk

Harvesting bean crops and a few tomatoes and squash plants , pulling weeds and checking moisture levels Harvesting bean crops and a few tomatoes and squash plants , pulling weeds Harvesting bean crops, tomatoes and squash plants cut back some trailing squash and pulled some weeds. Harvesting bean, toms and squash plants cut back trailing squash vines, chop and dropped weeds, tied a few toms and pinched out axillary growth Harvesting bean, toms and squash plants cut back trailing squash vines, chop and dropped weeds, Harvesting bean, toms and squash plants cut back trailing squash vines, chop and dropped weeds, Harvesting bean, toms and squash plants cut back trailing squash vines, chop and dropped weeds, Harvesting bean, toms and squash plants cut back trailing squash vines, chop and dropped weeds, Picking beans , a touch of weeding and pulling the odd squash here and there.Using the new petrol powered mower up and down the paths. Emptying lawn trimmings onto beds.Chop and dropping weeds, cutting back beans, tying toms, harvesting sunflowers, mulching with surrounding overgrowth Chop and dropping fruitless toms and squash plants,
Harvesting rip toms and squash
Chopped all remaining crops to ground level and cut the stems into small pieces and applied to the surface of the beds as mulch. Pulled out all the stakes and packed away for winter. Harvested green toms , dry and green beans
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Notes pH reading is the most important measure at this stage It would make sense to add ash to the tractors
There is some time constraint between getting the soil sample results and knowing how much ash to add
pH reader will solve this problem
Garlics planted in the above manner will cause delays for spring prep. If the garlics are to mature to full size cloves no other vegetables can be grown in the bed. If the garlics are grown for fresh produce there is some doubt to the economics of this crop. Using small inferior cloves can overcome this somewhat or harvesting patches to make way for other crops may also work Sprinkled ash lightly over beds including the beds with the garlic coming up Beds A and C forked over and paths around the NW corner defined.9 partially decomposed bales where parts of the bales have been wet 3 beds completed, the other beds have garlic in them so will leave until later in the week. Sophie helped with getting tools ready and holding the stakes. Sharp Axe , soft fresh wood Planting out toms in Yogurt pots. This medium is an input and should be included. Sophie weeding but not the boundary plants Watering in the warm weather
Weeding twice
Pricking out and potting on
Prunings left on the surface time based on a number of small moments of observationTime based on previous record during wet windy weather
some of the toms needed to 2 ties as they are forking Time based on previous record Timed how long it took to do 3 beds including some peripheral mulching and harvesting beds need watering - french beans are doing great , runner beans producing lots of shoot but not much fruitbeds need watering - french beans are doing great , runner beans producing lots of shoot but not much fruitCTB EF looking a little light starved- i'm considering using these beds for kale and swiss chard next year Some of the beans have massive shoot system and no beans at all , it could be a late producing bean or some mutant. Not overly happy with the blue lake bean Cut back some of the Beans as no fruits or flowers were forming. £ otr 4 tomato plants have died off completely. Tigerella is doing absolutely great Cut back some of the Beans as no fruits or flowers were forming. £ otr 4 tomato plants have died off completely. Tigerella is doing absolutely great Cut back some of the Beans as no fruits or flowers were forming. £ otr 4 tomato plants have died off completely. Tigerella is doing absolutely great Butternuts are awesome.
Masses of leafy runner beans could be because i saved late beans, there are many flowers coming out now lets see if they convert to bean in a significant way.
Cobra are the mutts nuts
One mower bag of mulch is applied to each bed. The trimmings do not come only from within the paths but the from the lawn and other garden areas. Seed infested trimmings are not placed on the beds Alnus glutinosa stakes last 2 seasons max and some don't even make 1. Paulownia stakes of 1yr growth look promisingMoving the sandbags , bucketing water onto bed ridges. 30 mins per bed
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Inputs for Unit Strong plastic bag Grain
Kitchen Scraps
2 Straw Bales
36 Cuttings of Comfrey (last of the season)
120L of compost
108L of water
460 small cloves
1.8kg Ash
5kg worm castings
5kg Sand
Seedling Trays
Seeds
Water
Warm room to encourage germination
9 straw bales 9 Bales
12 x 20L buckets of humanure
11 Alnus poles 12 bean poles
1 Tie
sowing medium Axe , Support log
Alnus roundwood
Trowel
20L Bucket Humanure
Watering Can
1 Trowel of Humanure per plant = 0.333l per trowel.
66 plants = 22L of Humanure
Tomato ties
Garden fork
Watering can and water
Plants tomato ties hand fork
plants
watering can
60L of water
tiestomato ties Mower
Lawn trimmings
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Costs Soil Sample Grain Left-overs of main garlic seed 0Seeds 9BGN0000
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Category FertilityFertilityPlanting FertilitySet upPropagationSet upFertilitySet upSet upPropagationSet upPlanting Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Planting Planting Garden Care Garden Care Planting Planting Garden Care Planting Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Garden Care Mowing Garden Care Garden Care Set up/down Irrigation
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Time Notes Time per move
8mins and 40secs
Time for daily feeding +

Time per half a bed
18mins and 46 secs
Timed how long it took for all of the beds Timed how long I spent in the gardenTimed how long it took to sow all the cultivars for the garden. Timed the whole period timed how long it took to work 3 beds timed how long it took on Bed Atimed how long it took on one bed timed how long it took to do one bed timed how long it took to sharpen 11 stakestimed how long it took to plant 11 plants Timed how long it took for whole sessionTimed how long it took for whole sessionTimed how long it took for 1 bed Estimated time per day at 2 mins from 03.03.15 - 15.05.15
72 x 2 = 144
Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took for whole sessionTimed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to complete the task Timed how long it took to do all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Timed how long it took to harvest all beds Time includes mowing and emptying mower bag onto beds Timed for all beds Timed for all beds Timed how long it took to do all the beds Time includes soaking beds
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Total time for unit
10104 mins 225.2 mins 7 mins
29 secs
28 mins
54 secs
51mins
54 secs
9 minutes
18 secs
61mins
41 secs
31mins 9 minutes
18 seconds
8 mins
35 seconds
7 mins
15 mins 10mins 8 mins22 mins 2 mins/day 8 minutes
31 secs
38 mins
24 secs
8 mins30 mins
15 secs
24 mins
37 secs
38 mins
24 secs
88 mins36 mins 107 mins 38 mins
24 secs
123 mins 46 mins 62 mins 59 mins 33 mins 55mins 33mins 272633
22
35
15 mins
15 mins
15 mins
15 mins
94 mins 18 mins 148 mins 60
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
60
Total Minutes Spent in the Garden
11
Extrapolated and rounded to nearest min 101042258295291231865652429010813214493883025388836107381234662593355332726906094181485403111
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Total Hours spent in the Garden 51.85
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Total Time per Category Tasks included in each Category51.85 Hours
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Total Time per Category Fertility235Chicken Tractors, Adding Ash . Compost and Mulch
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Propagation 104Sowing seeds, pricking out and growing on under cloches, weekly tasks of watering and weeding seedlings
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Planting out 611Sowing large seed , planting crops , watering
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Set up/down 470Forking over soil, Applying Mulch, Redefining the paths, Erecting stakes and supports and taking them down
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Garden Care 1091Observations, tying tomatoes, pinching out tomatoes, weeding, pruning squash, harvesting
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Mowing 60Mowing the paths between beds and applying arisings to the bed surface
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Irrigation 540Flood irrigation
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