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vegetables and horse manure

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:42

Hi tractorboy the best rule of thumb is allways make sure your manure is well rotted, then you can put a top layer in your greenhouse every other year tomatoes love it.never grow root crops(carrots-parsnips) in freshly manured ground,all other crops are ideal. When digging manure in make sure it is buried for maximum benifit. 

Blackberries

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:23

I have a blackberry black bute,which is a very large fruit and delicious berrys,last year I collected nearly 3lbs of fruit,being thornless makes it easier yo pick,just cut all old fruiting canes out every year,and feed a top dressing of well rotted manure or compost. It has a spread of upto 4 mts,so horizontal wires are required to tie the canes to,

Talkback: Growing leeks

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 11:54
Over the last 5yrs i have been growing in raided beds as my plot gets very wet and i have raised up 9ins,This year i grew BANDIT and an unnamed russian variety,the BANDIT were VERY good,the russian were 17ins of blanch,and very tasty, with both leeks i won 1st prize at my local show. I also grow Robinsons pot leeks also a prize winner. I start my leeks of the20th January in a propergator,I always use clover compost with added sand for drainage,by mid Feb the leeks are at crock stage and ready for potting up,i use clover compost and pot up in 24 cell trays, the better leeks i pot into 3ins pots for the show.
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