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Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:34

I just chuck a piece of natural carpet on the top. Stops stuff blowing away, helps keep it hot and easy to leave off if you want some rain on the heap. Rots down eventually too so get another piece every 2/3 years.

Gardening for a living means I like things that are as quick and easy as possible lol.

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:05

I think its personal choice with most of them. Hellebores are pretty hardy but the flowers can be hit by frost. Personally I prefer leaves off but some customers want all left on and others like just the messy ones cut off. No hard and fast rules just do what you like the look of.

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:01

Thanks for posting that James. Brilliant, cheap and easy to do. Up until now I have either used what my customers have or have used willow sticks, hazel or dogwood. All bendy enough but obviously not lasting more than a season.

Sorry no pics, no camera 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:51

Your compost bins are better sited out of the sun.

The compost heats up enough with the bacterial action going on and if in full sun temperatures can rise and fall quite dramatically which can slow down or kill off your lovely bacteria/worms etc. Best in semi or complete shade. Adding grass will speed things up if the heap gets too cold.

Personally I prefer working with the slatted bins (at least two of) Ease of access being the main reason and ease of filling too. I find the daleks ok for a few leaves, twigs, cut back stems etc. but when you have a large garden you are talking wheelbarrow loads of compostable stuff rather than the odd trug full and an open fronted or removeable fronted compost bin is far more practical.

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:37

Hi Grace  I took apples, eaters and cookers, to the food bank this year and they took them. The problem with fresh food is just that it will go off if not distributed in time. That is the only reason our food bank won't take it. I just said if they couldn't give them away to make use of them themselves afterall they volunteer their services for free so should get a few perks from the job. Have a word with a local food bank and see what they say.

Garlic wars!

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 14:29

At this time of year could be squirrels.They are burying now for their winter store and can smell disturbed soil so wherever you dig they will. If it is use thick plastic netting anchored down so the garlic can grow through it but the squirrels can't dig. As Fleurisa said it could be birds....blackbirds are the worst for doing this....keep an eye out so you can see what is doing it.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:46

Keep your lawn short

Keep your borders full

Keep your vege patch fenced off

Then make a small sandpit with cover from rain (under shrub/tree) to encourage them to do their business there and plant a small herb garden area in the sun for the cats to enjoy sleeping in.

Happy cat, happy you. 

All too often people forget that cats eat or deter vermin. The very vermin that would nibble on your veges, dig up your bulbs, destroy your flower beds. Strip the bark from your shrubs and trees.

I would much prefer the odd bit of doodoo to rats, rabbits, pigeons, mice, voles, squirrels etc. etc.

As a gardener I live with the fact that whoever or whatever poo's in the garden I will tread in it lol! Like anything else you get used to it and deal with it. Trust me fox is the worst! Makes me gag every time 

seed share

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 12:57

Oh good, glad something is growing  Hope its something unusual. Let me know! 

seed share

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 21:50

Awww I've been missed.  Thanks guys. Won't be on much for a while or at least until we get some hard frosts. I have never been so busy. Other stuff going on too but have 17!!!!!!!! gardens on the go at the minute. I need a holiday!  

Sent your James 

seed share

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 15:43

Hi all  Not been on here for a couple of months soooo....apart from Clueless do I owe anyone else seeds and if so what? Checked thru messages but quite frankly am lost after such a long time away! the santa hats!

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