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compost

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 09:15

Long ago when we had a small garden with no room for a compost heap (pre-Daleks) I always used to dig a trench across the Veg patch, put all the composting material in it and when full, cover it over with the soil from the next trench and so on down the plot. It worked and the stuff disappeared into the soil with no trouble.

As long as the soil is not compacted then there should be enough oxygen (which the bacteria need) for the process to work.

Greenhouse

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 20:33

The curved pieces in my greenhouse are PVC rather than Perspex. They do not last as long as glass and are much more expensive to replace.

 

Clematis Grp 3 Pruning - RHS says one thing, GW another

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 15:14

Same as Ob. We do it now as the green growth on them will compost now, otherwise it has to go in the Council green waste bin.

Parsnip leaves/compost

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 13:27

Why are you taking the tops off your Parsnips, or do you mean the tops when you clean them readyf or eating?

Either way as long as you do not put the top of the parsnip in (that might regrow) then I can see no problem with layering any green material in the bottom of a raised bed before adding soil.

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 17:03

Hate to say it, but the only way you can get  A, leveillei to gorw from seed is if you can get fresh from a plant.

ALL Anemones have much the same ptroblem, the seed has only a short viability span. For example I have one, A, rivularis. Unless you remove the seed when it is still green and sow straight away, nothing grows.

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 12:11

Since they self seeded all over my garden, then the answer must be yes. BUT why on earth would you want to? And the seedling ones are not as good as the named bought ones either.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 09:23

I forgot to mention that some seeds need their outer coating damaged before water can get in. That is one reason why sowing on a gravel  path often works. Rain rubs the seed against the gravel and abrades the coating.

 

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:43

I had some seeds which the advice given was to soak them for a few minutes in mlld sulphuric  acid to emulate the digestive process. I did not bother sowing them.

Base for greenhouse

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:40

Mine are fastened directly to the brick base. You just need to be a bit careful that either drilling the holes or putting the screws into rawlplugs in the bricks does not split the brick. This happened to me, but it was easy enough to replace the brick.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:37

The one thing I did not go into is the question of germiantion inhibitors. These are present in the seed and are there to keep the seed alive and dormant until the optimmum time for germination. Some of them need cold to break them down, some need moisture and some just need time. Some need a combination or all or some of these.

 

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