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Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:38

Put it in a sunny position and take the lid off.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:31

I grew cayenne peppers this year the first time that I have grown any kind of pepper and they are really hot and peppery, in fact we have to be careful not to put too many in the dish and we remove the seeds before cooking.

Couch Grass

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:48

It will be hard work, believe me I've done it on my overgrown allotment plot. I would advocate digging and removing the roots by hand. After removing it I tried burning the docks, bindweed and couch but found it too damp to burn well without smoking the site out, I then resorted to taking it home and dumping it in the council recycling bin, but I now compost it in a dalek type bin covered with black plastic to keep the light out. It will take a couple of years for it to rot down but after six months it already looks good. 

Tomato Blight

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 10:33

The gardener in question had done it for many years and never suffered any issues with a recurrence of blight from the compost.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 14:11

I read an article where a gardener said that he always composts plants with blight and that he has never had any problems with the resulting compost just make sure that you pick up all the blighted material because the spores can't live in the soil without diseased material.

Harvesting Butternut Squash

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 11:20

This is the first time that I have attempted to grow squash of any kind and my butternut squash has a couple of round ones as described above as well as the more normal ones, the plant has gone mad and grown very large and I have started pinching the tips of the runners out to try and contain it, I await with interest to see the results.

How to prepare allotment?

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 11:14

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one to dig a full spit deep as everyone on my allotment site seems to only dig the top 3 inches or so, I put this down to either they are worried about digging into the subsoil, they are worried about forming a sump, they are concerned about unearthing long buried weed seeds or they are just plain lazy. Last winter I dug my plot as usual turning the soil over leaving it in as large clods as I could so that the frosts could break it down but the frost failed to arrive, this meant that by spring I had to break the soil up by hand also with all the rain I am afraid that a lot of nutrient was washed out of the soil. This year I have started to dig over the ground as I remove the crops and will shortly be adding some green manure in the form of tares which will be dug into the soil next spring this I am told will fix the nutrients in the soil so that the rains can't wash it away. As for animal manure I always thought that it was a good source of adding nutrient to the soil but now understand that while it may improve the structure of the soil most of the nutrient is lost in the rotting down process, add to this the possibility of importing weed seeds or worse still herbicide to my plot I have decided to go down the compost and green manure route.

New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:48

Don't forget that you can compost the weeds even bindweed and docks as long as you keep them separate from the general compost heap and cover them with something to keep the light out, they may take a couple of years to rot down but are full of goodness.

What's wrong with my onions

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 16:02

Mine have flopped I thought it was them nearly ready for lifting it seems funny that they have done it just after a few days when it has rained well so the aren't dry.

Last years nettlefeed

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 14:35
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