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hollyhocks

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:43

When the seed heads are really dry, you could harvest the seeds.

How to grow spinach

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:39

Winter Giant for the Winter. Spinach does seem to need watering a lot to avoid bolting. I got some seedlings that I think were called Picasso last year; best spinach ever, for early summer planting. All the best spinach I have grown has been sown in March/April/May, perhaps because the temperature/moisture is best then.

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:28

All the Gods; they have a lot to answer for.

Composting

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:27

You don't really need to add dirt (earth?) to a compost bin, just a 50/50 mix of greens and browns, i.e. fresh green stuff and dry stuff like paper and cardboard/ straw/hay/ animal bedding, but NOT the poo from animals like cats and dogs in a home composter.

Today, was doing a Master Composter event at the Green Centre at Swaffham in Norfolk and met some volunteers from the Thetford Arboretum who have discovered a way to compost dog poo in Bio-degradable bags in a specially adapted bin. Will do some research on this and report back

Water Butt Smelling Stagnant

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:01

link doesn't work anyway! Ha...the Forum's Revenge on Spamsters

plant pots

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:59

For the Flooded Gardens appeal, I just went to the local (non-chain) nursery and asked them; they re-cycle normally as it is not worth their while to sterilise for re-use, so they gave me whatever I wanted. But I did ask them nicely

Weed Killer and compost bins

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Bumping this, so whoever made the original enquiry can find it

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:50

Wonderful; thank you philippa for letting us know

Composting

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:45

Yes, I agree with Welshonion

Weed Killer and compost bins

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 18:40

About 3  or 4 weeks ago, someone was asking if plant material treated with weed killer could be composted. I said I would ask Garden Organic who train us Compost Masters. They lost my original email, despite acknowledging it and have now got back to me. There are some weed killers that MAY be OK, but it is best not to put this material in a home composter. The huge composting places that the Councils use are ok with this stuff as it is hot composting and the sheer amount of plant material dilutes the weed killer, which eventually bio-degrades.

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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