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Problem Garden

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:35

I hired a man with a mini digger for a day to  level the ground for the studio, move all excess earth up to the far end for a raised area. It was 13 years ago, it was not expensive; I got him through the local tool hire place.

For smaller areas; when I want to plant something at the edge of the drive, which is compacted clay and building rubble I use a crowbar, it is hard work so I take it slowly, to dig out a 4'x2' rectangle can take the best part of an afternoon.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:29

Edd, thank you very much; most useful.

Become a Compost Expert

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:25

They only have one training weekend per year in each area, so if you are interested, book it now; I had to wait 18 months for my training! Also the funding for these courses won't be there for ever.

Container Grown Roses

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:32

I have 6 roses in containers; I use ordinary compost mixed with fish blood and bone meal. At appropriate times of the year they get a sprinkling of rose food. Have just put well rotted horse manure around the plants, but not touching the stems. They need a lot of water in the hot weather!

Hope this helps

Compost ingredients

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:25

Edd, what a good where can I find a space to save eggshells?   

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:15

When I take small mutt for a walk by the canal, I keep seeing a water bird with 2 large white markings underneath it's rear end, when it leaves the water I can see it has fairly long slender legs. It is not plump and sturdy like a Duck. I can't find it in my bird books, any ideas?

Verdun and Alan

Become a Compost Expert

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:10

What a shame KEF, it is so useful and they help you with the volunteer work by lending out a gazebo, wormery, leaflets, quizzes for the children etc.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:07

I was thinking of contacting Horticultural Clubs, Women's Institutes, Primary Schools perhaps (they often have gardens, veg beds) and allotment groups. I thought of waiting until early March at least for people who have been flooded to even start to get organised/ back on-line etc.

I know nothing of GW Magazine; perhaps those of you who get it could sound them out?

My main problem before I start doing research on the above groups, is; there is no actual map that I can find online that shows the precise locations of the floods. I know it is the area around Bridgewater in Somerset, but there are other areas too.

Anyone have any good info on this?

Become a Compost Expert

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 12:24

I expect some of you know that I trained to become a Compost Master last year. Garden Organic, the charity, have said in their newsletter that there are vacancies for people to train (it's a two day course) in ;








In return for the training we are expected to do about 30 hours of voluntary work in the community teaching people about composting. We do not sell anything, just give advice.

It is great fun, I ended up doing 75 hours last year and loved every minute

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:08

Thanks Nut

Discussions started by artjak

What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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