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Billy Goat

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Last Years Seeds

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 22:54

Thanks very much for the replies folks.

I'm pleased I asked as I will save a few quid this year, so my veg will taste even better!!

Last Years Seeds

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:36

Hi all,

A bobby basic question here, so please bear with me...I have some seeds left over from last year as I always order too many and I am keen to know if I should bin them or can I plant them?


Sorry if this has been asked before

Composter not composting!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:26

As with the comments above turning is the secret and try to keep it moist.  I turn mine every 6 weeks and moisture with some booze via my

I also have a probe thermometer which is a good way of checking when your bin is working and when the temperature drops its time to turn.

Have a look on You Tube for some advice too

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 21:14

That's Monty done till March!

Hopefully there will be some repeats of some gardening programs on through the winter season

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 18:33

I have one of these machines and it has been excellent.  I now use it to collect all the leaves in my street and my neighbours gardens.  I get loads of leaf mould for the heavy clay soil in my garden and allotment, plus my neighbours ply me with booze for keeping the leaves tidy.  So it a win win for me.

They are expensive to buy new but you can pick them up off a certain online auction site for a fraction of the price.  But avoid buying at this time of year as everyone has the same idea.

Have a look at it in action..

stihl tools

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 20:25

I'm sure you can do it, but as usual with Stihl you can kiss goodbye to your warranty.

There is a post on the Arbtalk website about the same query, but I think it burned the clutch out quicker.



Posted: 21/10/2013 at 11:42

As everyone says above they like slighty acidic soil,they need to be planted just below the surface, and they like regular watering when the fruits begin to appear.  They don't like water logged soil, so try to make sure they are sited in free draining soil.  Lastly give them a good mulch  and when using manure keep it away from the stems.

Remember they are essentially brambles.  I suspect they are in an area which is too wet

Issues with hedge trimmers

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 21:37

Have a look at the Stihl Super Harness, it is quite expensive but it does the trick

Which tool to break soil the best

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 21:27

Firstly I don't envy the job you have ahead of you!!

I created a veg patch in my garden 2 years ago and after removing the turf I came across heavy clay which would even when hit with a pick axe a tiny amount would be broken.  The plot I had created is 10m x 6m, I needed a more radical solution.  I did have a tiller which went on my old Ryobi expand it strimmer but it wouldn't look at it.

I bought a 6.5hp rotavator which after several runs over and over it eventually started to dig into it and it it got down to the depth of around 12".  I have been gathering leaves from my entire street and making my own compost with all my hedge and grass clippings and it is paying off now. 

I would recommend renting a rotavator for a weekend and spend a couple of hours working with it then take a break for an hour then go at it again.  It is still heavy going using a machine, but a lot better than double digging.

When you are done plant potatoes and they will loosen it up even more, but the more leaf mould/organic matter you can put in the better.



Raspberries In Compost

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:18

I am looking for some advice on what to do with my summer fruiting raspberries canes and blackberries canes after they have been cut down after fruiting.  My question is can they be put onto the compost or they be treated the same as a bramble which must be burned?  I put gooseberries on the heap as I sure they are ok, but something in the back of my mind says its not a good idea for rasperries and blackberries.


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