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Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:54

I agree that a well fitting lid is the best. My husband let some hedge trimmings get in a small hole on top and I didn't notice and boy, did it smell! Also there was a programme on the radio the other day about mosquitoes and how important it is to keep our water butts free of the little devils.

Talkback: How to practise crop rotation

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 10:12

I am always confused when I have a crop like brassicas that grow all year round, such as winter, spring and summer cabbages and cauliflowers, or winter sown broad beans and then summer French and runner beans. How do these fit in the crop rotation?  I now have a 16 raised bed system at the allotment and try to make sure that nothing is sown in the same bed more often than 3 years but it is quite difficult to keep track of. Any ideas will be appreciated. 

growing brassicas

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

Two years running I have found using slug nematodes have saved all my crops. I have an allotment with raised beds so I can choose where to put the nematodes. It works and except for the initial watering in it is so easy.

Broad beans again

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:40

My bean seeds seem to just disappear and this is the second year in very different weather conditions that only a few seem to grow out of the many that I plant. Is it mice or birds? Any ideas please?

underground slugs

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:08

If it's slugs, they are like the ones on our allotment and they do live under the soil, just coming up to eat our precious plants. I use Nematodes which are parasites to slugs and work brilliantly. You buy them online and water them into the soil. Easy to do and very effective. They saved most of our crops this year which was the Year of the Slug!

Where do I start?!

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:37

When my daughter was in this position she hired a gardener for just a few hours to help her sort it out and name some of the plants and then she went on from there. I have found the local gardening centre or nursery centre staff are really helpful, so take some photos and ask for help. The green manure for the veg plot is excellent, I used it on my new allotment and it keeps the weeds down and feeds the soil. Autumn is a good time to plant this and again ask advice at the nursery/garden centre for what to use. Enjoy your garden.


seeds not germinated

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 19:00

Hi, I've had trouble with sunflower seeds both in the cold frame and in the ground at the allotment. Only 4 out of two packets have germinated. I thought perhaps mice or birds have eaten them.


Posted: 16/03/2012 at 16:22

We had a rat in our compost bin at the allotment and we found if you keep turning the compost the rats leave and have never come back. They hated being disturbed.

Newspapers & Cardboard in Bean Trenches

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 16:05

I tried just sheets of cardboard and as the weather has been so dry they haven't automatically rotted down so next time I will cut up small. I use my paper shredder to do paper and it is rotting down well. Make sure it is well wetted when you put it in the trench.

Weatherproofing Wood

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 16:01

As the pallets are usually free I've not bothered to paint mine and eventually as they rot they will end up as part of the compost. However mine is at the allotment so do not have to look beautiful.

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