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GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:24

Happy birthday Philippa; hope you have a fabulous year, you deserve it

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:31

A compost bin should be sited so that it gets some sun. But if that is not possible, the compost will get there in the end, just a bit slower.

Most Councils sell bins cheaply, but you can also get them on freecycle. It isn't essential to turn the contents of the bin, just rummage around every 2 weeks with a garden fork to get some air into the mix.

The mix should be 50% Nitrogen (greens) and 50% Carbon (browns).

Greens are stems, grass cuttings, plant leaves (not trees - they take a long time to rot down) cut flowers, old bedding plants, veg and fruit scraps from the kitchen etc

Browns are cardboard, newspaper, shredded bank statements etc.

Compost bins only smell if too much green has been added and no air is circulating. This is easy to rectify; stir up the contents and scrunch up each page of a newspaper and add to the mix.

Urine is a good free activator for compost, could be used perhaps once a month.

I was trained by Garden Organic as a Compost Master (doing an event on Sunday at an allotment open day) So any questions that you need answering, if I don't know I can usually find out.

Some people have fairies at....

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:15

Obelixx; that had me laughing, they all look so serious!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:30

The label has faded on that rose, but it is a climber from rosebuddies.com

I love apricot coloured roses

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:49

Like that echinacea milkshake Verdun

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:12

Very moving poems from Fishy and Frank

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:54

BM, love that blue jug.

This weeks flower arrangements;

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55317.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

 Almost the last of the sweet peas in an Ikea milk bottle

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55318.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

 Stocks and Verbena Bonarienses, there aren't many long stemmed things at the moment

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55319.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

 Just a real Cottage Garden bunch

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:50

Beaus Mum, you may like to grow this one next year; Cosmos seashell

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55316.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 It is curious how each petal forms a mini trumpet

What to grow after peas and beans?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:39

pumpernickel, KEF is right, the nitrogen on the bean roots seems to not be available to other plants.

I have just been working out crop rotation from the RHS site. As far as I can see, you follow legumes with brassicas, but add compost/well rotted manure first. Don't grow root veg if you have added the compost as it will make them grow into weird shapes

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:31

I would cook them ASAP then freeze the cooked dish if you don't need it straight away

Discussions started by artjak

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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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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