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Latest posts by Aliesh

soil testing

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 11:57

Thanks have a wilko nearby  might try theirs.

soil testing

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 10:14

Can anyone recomend a good soil testing kit. not too expensive?

Large polytunnel and beds and no clue where to start

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:03

wow what a fantastic poly tunnel your so lucky! i would start to clear it a bit at a time by just digging over and removing weeds.Or you could use weedkiller on it all.Once cleared you could maybe concentrate on a small area and cover the rest with black plastic or old carpet to stop weeds growing.As its so big it may be too much to use all the space this first year if your new to gardening. Salad crops are easy for a beginer Lettuce and raddish ect.The ouside beds look like they could be rasberrys,but cant realy tell a close up photo might show then better.Once you start you will get the bug  good luck and keep us up to date .



Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:49

Hi i have  recyled an old rectangle  plastic water tank on my allotment.

A small container would soon be filled and overflow!

nesting blackbird

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 18:12

 Hi thought you might like to see this black bird nesting in my shed

its nest is so round and neat. can't wait to see chicks.


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:59

Hi in my small front garden i use wooden bbq skewers pushed in any bare soil areas point side up! this helps but its amazing how they sometimes find a space  might try the muscle spay idea.

Weeds in compost bin?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 17:47

Hi my compost heap never gets warm though i admit i am a bit lazy in turning it.Verdun how big is your heap? mine is four small palets fastened together should it get warm if i turnit more often? Thanks

new gardener

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:08

Thanks for the link Dovefrombove i did not know about this! I won't be using it again as i love bees and grow flowers to attract them and other insects.

new gardener

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 18:53

I have had theese in the past they eat the roots of your plants!

You can buy vine weevil killer from garden centres and wilkinsons you dilute and water it on .Watch out for the adult beetles in summer they are black and speckled i cruch them

stream banking

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 20:56

HI, i have a stream on the edge of my allotment which has a land drain running into it

It has eroded over the years and my other half has just repaired the drain.we were left with a large hole which has now been filled with soil, any ideas what to plant to protect the stream banking? I know willow is good but i think the roots may grow into the drain and damage it. not sure what to plant

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potato problem

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plant id

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