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Latest posts by blairs

Allotment Heavy clay heavy mud

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 08:46
wildgirl12 wrote (see)

 just watch out in summer when lumps of clay substrate turn to concrete

I have lost 3 spades to my clay soil drying like concrete and it beiong so heavy when wet! I only use forks now to blend in compost and manure.

Northern Light

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:50

The southern most part to see the Northern Lights is northern Fife - certainly I have seen them, sometimes during the day as well - it looks like the rainbow colours you see in an oily puddle. You very very rarely see them south of Aberdeen though. Shetland is a fair bet - it is very far north, further than maps make out - Edinburgh is closer to London than Lerwick.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 12:18
jo4eyes wrote (see)

Thx for the link Blairs. Good site, shall enjoy checking it out. J.

No problem. The soil is also buy 1 and get 1 free and is free delivery - great for me as I have no car. I got 8 packs and 6 packs of mulch delviered for £55. really happy with it.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 08:27
jo4eyes wrote (see)

Blairs- I've never heard of nor seen it around. You are in Scotland, could it be local to there?

BTW the amount of peat & other components should be listed on the bag somewhere. J.

No it is English, I get it delivered for free from an English company:

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 19:45
Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)


Is the Murphy's peat-free?


Not sure, but my guess would be that it does have peat.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:43

Murphy Multi Purpose Compost - honestly the best, rich and feels great to the touch. Plants love it. I find Asda, Homebase and B&Q compost gets dry and is poor. Murphy multi-purpose gets 10/10 from me.

Best Base for Greenhouse?

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:39

Paving is better in a 6X10 greenhouse. Soil keeps the greenhouse damp in winter which encourages mould on plants ,and, in spring and summer allows all manner of things to crawl in and eat what is in your greenhouse.

Pesky Slugs

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 17:42

kath51 wrote (see)

I just leave them and hope my army of helpers (frogs,hedgehogs,thrushes etc) will eat them. I  tell my grandchildren that they are someone elses dinner, so we leave them alone. I am totally organic and believe that after a while there is a predator for everything. It works for me.

Problem is few predators actively seek slugs and none like larger slugs, so if Slugs survive to maturity then there is a good chance that they breed. I normally have a dozen slugs in my garden and I still had a plaque this year. I had to use the blue pellets as they were picking my garden clean. I had 6 frogs in spring and 6 in autumn.

Spring bulbs

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 15:37
sotongeoff wrote (see)

This from last January

This from February

coldest then warmest

We still have a lot of winter to come


Around 120 of potential frosty days to go!

Grow House

Posted: 08/01/2013 at 18:01

Nutcutlet is right, you need to regularly open the doors/lid. I had mould on my seedlings as well. It was been mild and damp and I have not had time to open the doors. You need to keep the doors open as much as you can. I plan to keep mine open until it gets below 0C now.

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