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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

Allotment newbie, any clay-related advice?!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 20:07

Welcome Loz46; when I started my veg beds 13 years ago, we had had to move so much earth to build my studio, that the area for the veg bed was not even top soil, it was very sticky clay. I created raised beds (about 15cm high), by buying in some compost, some sharp sand, collecting some free horse manure and gently mixing them. Over the years, a lot of homemade compost plus more horse manure has made them very fertile. But actually, even with only 2 or 3 cm dug into the first few cm of heavy clay in the first few years, the beds produced good veg. I grow carrots in v. large plastic pots; it's easier.

Good luck with it

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:51

Actually, a packet of seeds was the last thing on my mind! What I am trying to achieve for the flooded gardens, where gardeners can't sow seeds now or over the next few months, is to provide them with the seedlings that they would normally have achieved by about May (hopefully their gardens will have dried out somewhat by then).

I think we, as a group can genuinely help gardeners whose earth has been saturated for weeks (plants need to 'breathe'; they can't do that underwater) and I think that being positive about helping them is more useful than being negative


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 21:24

Ooh! I might try some in the g/house, in a potato bag. Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Thank you jad1 for inspiring me.


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 21:19

Scott, that is very good advice. Also if he is a tenant of a Housing Assoc. he will probably have some wording in his lease that requires him to behave in a neighbourly fashion.

Brumbull, what is SAF?

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 21:08

Sorry, have been inundated with paperwork so could not reply to all these wonderful responses.

Verdun, Nut, Panda, and everyone else who has been so positive; yes of course it will be probably 3 months before anyone can plant in the worst hit areas.

Dove; I am thinking of Horticultural Societies/Gardening Clubs in the affected areas.

Brumbull; thank you for your input, but bear in mind that all veg produced as recently as the late19th early 20th century was manured with 'night soil'. As long as veg are VERY well washed, they should be ok.

Next week I will try to contact relevant organisations in the flooded areas; if anyone knows people in these places, please let me know.

We can all only grow the plants that we know and would normally grow; for me that is veg seedlings and some annual flowers. Though could do Pelagonium cuttings.

Let's get on with it

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 20:06

Nut, I'm thinking of 2/3 months time, thank you for responding

I'm hoping that other members know people who have suffered from the flooding, OR we find a way to help gardeners who aren't necessarily members of the forum.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:58

Even forumatti who live far away could donate the remainders of seed packets.

Chicky, thank you, and verdun and polyanthus. Who do we know who is in the affected areas?

Though I suppose that they may not be online if their house is under water.

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 17:41

StarG, I love that image of the old lady and the shadow

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

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Master Composters need your support

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Wow, what a sunset!

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Weed Killer and compost bins

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Phlox mould?

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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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