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improving heavy clay soil

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:34

Yes, grit, sharp sand and any kind of organic matter will help improve heavy clay.  However, herbs don't need much in the way of fertilizer and they have a more concentrated flavour when grown in poorer soil so put most of the farmyard manure in the end where you'll be growing the fruit which will really benefit from it.  Clay is naturally very fertile anyway so will provide everything the herbs need as long as you really improve the drainage - many are Mediterranean plants which naturally grow on poor stony soils on slopes etc. so good drainage is essential. 

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:48

The usual reason given for starting afresh after 4 or so years is that viruses build up in the plants which reduces their vigour.  If that were the case I can't see why the viruses wouldn't also affect runners but that's what I've always read.

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:23

Rings a bell nut now you mention it - I grew chenopodium 'strawberry sticks' from T&M seeds about 10-15 years ago.  Can't say they tasted much of anything and haven't grown them since.  Maybe it's me, but those, tomatillos and cape gooseberries just seemed very bland compared to more traditional fruits.

Strawberry sticks

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 20:17

Ah, but the 'sweet tobacco' was yummy - shredded coconut coated with cocoa and brown sugar I think!

Talkback: How to make a comfrey feed

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:47

Hi Anthony, yes.  The more nettles you use, the higher the nitrogen content will be though so not quite so good for fruit but better for leafy things like brassicas.

 

Tomatillos

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 18:39

I grew them about 5 years ago in a cold greenhouse where they grew in pretty much the same way as tomatoes.  I didn't particularly like them though and found them to be a bit like unripe cape gooseberries (which I also didn't like much when I grew those) so won't be bothering with either of those again.

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 00:10

Heheh - of course - les meilleurs vin of the garden liquid feed world!

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 23:23

Hiya Verdun, I have a garden which is quite long and you can guess which end the comfrey bucket is placed!   The good thing is the smell does quickly go away when it's actually used.  I decant it into 2 litre pop bottles as soon as it's ready though so the smell isn't around for very long really.

But really, I think I've probably just got used to it more than anything!

how do you attach a photo on this forum as its not on any of the icons?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:06

 

 

 

Hi Paul, when you start a thread or reply you should see icons like this:

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Press the 'tree' icon (circled in red) and you should see this:

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Click Select (also circled) navigate to your photo then click it and finally click the Upload button. 

Tomatoes

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:38

Hi Tracey, yes I'd recommend growing several different varieties - as many as you can fit in really!  That way you are likely to get a good crop on at least some of them even if some succumb to the weather or diseases etc.  I always grow at least one blight resistant variety whatever else I choose.  Had ten varieties last year and although it was a slow start with the poor spring, the great summer meant all of them did well - quite a rare thing in my experience!

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