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Latest posts by Alan4711

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 16:16

believe it or not the best results iv had in pots so far has been 40/40 molesoil / topsoil and 20 fine grit,iv been out collecting molesoil again today, i dont know what the old mole does to it but it just works so well, and free

Cheers Alan4711

Bring back the Dove

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:50

Right u r matey NO SLUGS YET

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:48

Greenbucket,this year for extra room we are useing builders merchants delevery bags,they should let you have the used ones for a couple of pounds,just fold the sides down to the depth you want ,we then put 4 pieces of old wood in to keep it square and fill it up,you can grow what ever you want in it just make sure theres drain holes in it, for water butts visit the nearest dairy farmer and ask him for any disinfecting tubs hes used,they are perfect (about 40gallon) and non returnable,they are useally glad to get rid of them or maybe a couple of pounds,

Good luck Alan4711

Bring back the Dove

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:38

Dove have i missed something here or what ,, has something happened that i dont know about,hope nobodies upset you we need all the help we can get us beginners,or maybe u bin on holls, fill me ion folks no holds barred come on,lets have it please



Potted Hydrangea

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:34

Hi Dove, an older gardener on our allotment told me if i wanted to turn Hydrangeas from blue to deep purple you can introduce  alaminium or iron mixes into the soil,he has one deep deep blue purple, he says he put a rusty nail into the roots when he planted it ,does this make sence to you ,hes assured me he,s not pulling my leg and his garden is stunning, iv got about 30 cuttings for this years planting out so i,ll give it a try and see what happens,


Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:20

Dove sounds about right,in a brand new allotment we deturfed,built raised beds from scaffold boards £4 each ,,one each side one cut in half for the ends then filled with top soil then covered with local farmyard manure ,full tractor load £20 filled 7 of these beds and left it to the worms,without a shadow of a doubt the raised beds are the way to go almost no work at all to maintain them once done and 5 monthes later the soil is all mixed and ready to go thanks to the critters in the soil,and all the beds are already well drained after all that rain all this advise was from this site and our neighbor allotmenteers and its worked a treat and very cheap to do

good luck Alan

green tom4chutny

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 14:03

cheers ,many thanks for that just the job, just got back from the allotment very very cold but sunny,wild life pond frozen 1" deep,,now  thats cold, got some smashing fresh  mole soil for later potting,chins up summer on its way,

Good luck all  Alan4711

green tom4chutny

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 15:24

Hi all,,, last year lots of people lost lots of toms,we were the same ,so we cut our losses and made green tom chutney ,we got the recipe off this site and it was as everyone agreed just Great!!!! trouble was not enough toms to make enough,So if you were to grow toms just for green chutney which we are going to do this year and make loads which tommies would you choose to grow especially for this purpose, i suppose im looking for a big tomy but we really don't know enough about toms yet to decide,by the way its blowing a good en here in Tenby,Cold and miserable again roll on Summer,and any help would be good with the chutney 

Cheers Alan4711 

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:33

Brummiben ,unfortunately my auto basket watering system only extends to half an inverted water bottle connected down through the soil into a small tub with thin cut off toweling in the soil acting as wicks and it works, haven't got a patent for it yet but might right off to The Dragons or maybe not ,seriously iv not seen a good one at a reasonable price yet but I'm following your thread so good luck matey


Happy Mothers Day

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:23

Now just a second Brumbull, my partner and i were suposed to be collecting Mole soil today up the allotment for potting,Now she says its raining ,cold misserable,cant be bothered  AND its Mothers day AND she,s already had Christmas day off!!! wots it all comimng too,She,ll want her birthday off next,, Brum wot are you starting here you,ll be giving em the vote next come on

Good luck Girls

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