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Field Beans as Green Manure

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:16

NewBoy, I think the key word is September

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:36

Very useful thread; FG, could you post that pic for us please?

Composting

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:26

The Charity 'Garden Organic' who taught us Compost Masters about making and using compost have recently advised, re turning compost; 

Two particular areas of concern are

1. Inhalation of bioaerosols (microorganisms and/or other small biological particles suspended in air)

2. Contact with human pathogens (through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact)

The good news is that 'analysis of the available world-wide literature by Garden Organic found only two reported cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis resulting from the domestic situation.'

'Little is known about pathogens in a domestic composting situation. Research ...the risk of exposure is low...'

I do not so much turn the entire compost bin as loosen it up to make sure that air gets in to avoid the process becoming anaerobic.

Storing potted herbs

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:09

I will bump this, as I have never done woody cuttings; perhaps someone else will know, or start a separate thread for the rosemary cuttings.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:07

Runnyb, I posted the soup recipe on the Big Courgette thread; it is so good I'm making it for the second time!

Field Beans as Green Manure

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:02

...are field beans (which I believe are related to Broad Beans and I think are the only bean indiginous to Europe) supposed to be planted at this time of year? Or are they the type you plant in the Autumn? I would give them a bit longer; if one has sprouted maybe the others are not far behind just make sure they are in moist earth. I thought the farmers round here, who export beans to Egypt planted in the spring, but perhaps I only notice them growing in the spring.

Clear pond please !!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:54

A small bale of barley straw, probably available from a pet shop will clear it; it's what all my neighbours use. BUT the EU in it's infinite wisdom has apparently forbidden it's use for this purpose as it has not been tested. So I would just go ahead and get the barley straw as I hear the barley straw police are having tea at the moment.

Frost?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:50

Here in the Fens, I needed a hot water bottle last night Am worried about toms ripening if it carries on being this cold, especially at night.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:46

Homemade Damson wine, home grown fennel and pear soup and homemade bread with cumin and a slice of manchego (?) cheese

What is this strange plant growing on a gorse?!

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 20:43

Bob, thank you for that wonderful link; I also watched the 2000 year old Magnolia seed developing and the fungi releasing their spores; incredible

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Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Rubbish really 
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More good guys

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What veg? 
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Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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