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soil tester

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 17:39

HI chanel what i want is to know if anyone has advise of which to buy or not to buy and where did they get them many thanks


soil tester

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 15:53

Hi all,,,, has anyone got any advise for a first time buyer and user for a soil tester, new allotment this year,  raised new beds ,got new topsoil in and manured all of them about 2 monthes ago, its all sitting waiting for the new season to start

testing ,testing, many thanks


urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 15:43

Hi i was so glad to read this today as sometime ago i really said my piece on cat mess ,we have just purchased a house and have no pets,we have had to spend so far over £300 on chicken wire set in the hedge to stop them using our rear garden as there loo,it got out of hand and really upset my partner as the cats also killed lots of  slow worms we used to see daily,were hoping the hedge will grow and hide the new fence as its not great to look at,,We now have the cats using our front garden just the same but i cant fence it off as its not feasible,4 lots yesterday and one more this morning and counting,can anybody tell me why these cat owners who sometimes have 3 or more are not held responsible and made to keep there pests on there own property, instead the majority only see there cats when they let them out and then at the end of the day when they return for food,, these people are my neighbors also and  its time something was done ,all other pets have to be kept under control,  iv spent fortunes on cat deterrents and they don't work for long  i would really like to know the legality of this nation wide problem  cat owners really do need to get it sorted and half of them don't give a monkies AND its never their cats its somebody else's  so Jance weve got the same probs i could list the things that dont work  but its too long


Talkback: Japanese knotweed

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 15:21

Hi Dan you are quite right about mortgages and JK we were advised that luckily we did not require one but  would we would have not got one anyway if we had wanted one,and yes the treatment from this chap was over 2 or 3 years and guaranteed  for £500 as i said we didnt buy but but im fully aware of it for the future .

Good luck

Liming the soil

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 16:52

Hi Zoom im told the older the better but im making every year due to the smell of the old stuff

Good luck

green toms

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 15:36

the problem with putting it in the fridge is i keep seeing it ,that's the problem and i cant see it lasting 3 months maybe with more made next year it just might  see 3 months im not sure, now does the ripe toms make as good chucney,anyone made it  as i dont rate the market stuff


Potato Blight - which potato to grow

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 15:26

Hi Emm  help is on the net( The Perfect Potatoe Selector ) it was a great help also i went through Kings cataloug which explained about how good certain spuds are with different problems ie blight and such  they were both very helpfull

good luck Alan

Liming the soil

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 15:17

Hi Cat, i can only comment on the seaweed part,being near to the sea almost all our allotmenteers use seaweed from the beeches,we use pillow protectors from the pound shop fill them with seaweed and place them in our water buts depending on how much we need,after 4 weeks( i do 8 weeks plus)  it makes just the best plant ,veg food there is and free , mind you it stinks ,we also leave it on top of our soil beds to rot in , this also is a great slug deterrent perhaps it's the salt content,none of us wash  the seaweed we just use it raw, we also store the seaweed in black bin liners as it also makes great potting stuff, you have to be careful not to use it too strong and the strength and use is already on this site ,and hopefully someone will explain how to go back to it there's lots of good advise given not too long ago so good luck Alan 

slugs in the kitchen

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:03

Lyn how do you recognize Leopard slugs iv not heard of them and and how are they good for the garden please


green toms

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 15:00

HI all ,not too long ago lots of people were saying that they had lots of green toms becouse of the weather and such the toms were not very good and not ripening ,on the site someone put a recipe for green tom chuckney which i tried with our unrippened toms, i followed the recipe and made the chuckney,after a couple of weeks i tried it ,,not very good so it stayed in the fridge untill this week when before throwing it i decided to just try it again ,now 2 monthes old we were amazed ,it is just the best chutney we have ever made sad part only 2 jars left ,next year were going to grow beef toms and pick when green and make stacks of it we recomend it ,many thanks glad i coppied the recipe

Good luck Alan 


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