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Latest posts by biofreak

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 09:03

The Classic French Potager is in squares and raised only specifically for handicapped gardeners, otherwise following the bio methods organic compost etc is added at this time of year and topped up regularly to form a crumbly mound. Each square is surrounded by herbs and flowers that attract bugs/bees and caterpillars that either attract or deter attention from your crops. I plant nasturtiums to attract blackfly away from broad beans - works a treat. Marigolds are great for attracting slugs, whilst thyme deters slugs. All looks very pretty too. More and more people are recommending growing onions/garlic and roots on ridges. The root system of the flowers and herbs that surround the squares keep the raised soil in place. I run an 8 square system and grow courgettes and cucumbers in wooden boxes (The ones they collect apples in) Although I am going to try a climbing gold courgette from T & M this year for the first time.

To Early?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 15:06

Yes cut them to the ground now but then cover them with the spent growth or straw, this acts as a thatchy mulch and allows the new growth to pop through in the Spring.

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:59

Going to start adding Biodynamic gardening Calender methods to Gardening by the Moon thread as from Monday 16th, together with explanations as to why and how it works. Seems easier than running two threads.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:56

Well it is getting milder - so I think I will try some tom seeds on Sunday too. Thought I would add fuller details about Lunar Gardening/Biodynamic Gardening as from Monday on this thread, and we could see if there are improvements on last year by taking the methods a step further by co-ordinating the phases of the moon with the other constellations which reinforce the effects on the growth stages of plants. Please let me know if you would like me to go ahead, and continue with the Calender.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:41

Positive that it should be OK as long as not sitting in boggy spot. They seem to like really arid conditions. Growing out of the tarmac on old car park near us. Beautiful specimans.

Maximum number of potatoes per litre of compost

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:38

Tried potatoes in bags last year and disasterous, I am going to revert back to pots growing 2 tubers in each. I pop tubers together on top of 6inches compost then cover with compost, once growth showing through, I cover with compost again and so on until it reaches 2 inches from top of pot. I use 40litres over all for 5 pots which I don't think is too bad, and the crops are tipped out into the wheelbarrow, and the spent compost popped on flower borders. Only works really well for me with early potatoes,


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 14:28

I would normally agree with you all, but it worked for me, and the lavender was 4yrs old so nice and big to start with. Have also done the same with stawberries this year successfully - my French neighbour who is a retired nurseryman swears by this so I gave it a go.

How to get rid of Gorse

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:47

In France we are responsable for the pavements outside our properties. Having a gravel pathway in front of us, the gorse in the rockery has seeded and rooted in the front. I have tried pulling up the seedlings and weedkilled plus chopped the rest. Unfortunately it is still coming up. Will Weedkiller for bracken work? There are no drains nearby so will not seep into water courses.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:41

I don't - and I'm not sure if I will be able to sow toms as instructed on 15/16th - Still I might try some in the house to kick them off.

Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:34

Temperature 10-12c at the moment. Have popped in some lettuce plants (Bought 6 for 75p) so won't have lost much if I lose them. Parsley doing well. Sowed red onions Red Baron yesterday in between lettuces. Can you grow onion sets in containers indoors, or will it get too hot in the Spring?

Discussions started by biofreak


Earthing Up? 
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More Peas?

Can I get another crop in? 
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New Potatoes

When to harvest 
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Tips Aubergines/peppers Chillies

First Time Grower 
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When are green gooseberries 'ready'? 
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How to Succeed 
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Slug deterrant? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 18:13

Lost Seed Order!!

Has anyone else lost their's in transit? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 12:28

Cucumber Frames

How do I make maximum Use of one? 
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 10:21

How to get rid of Gorse

Roadside problem 
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Last Post: 10/02/2015 at 11:35

Are Gardening Magazines Overseas related to UK?

Carol Klein & Alan Titchmarsh in France 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:50

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

True or False? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 14:29

Moving gooseberries

Will sawfly move too? 
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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 07:57

Swiss Chard

New veg to try? 
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Last Post: 18/01/2015 at 15:48

Biodynamic Gardening

Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 24/02/2015 at 14:58
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