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composting

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:23

Well, the iron sulphate won't harm anything but I'd be a bit wary of any spores from fruiting bodies within the dead moss causing moss to grow where it is used as a mulch.  Personally, I'd have no qualms about adding it to a compost heap though, where the bacteria and worms will 'eat' any spores.  Then use the compost as a mulch.

Edit: I didn't see Dove's post until after posting my reply and am a bit perplexed why that site says not to put it on the compost heap.  While I'd not put rakings on after using feed & weed,  FeSO4 is pretty harmless.  I'll do a bit of research.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:55

I used to make gooseberry wine and g. champagne.  Definitely my favourite fruit for home made wine.  Once you have made 'ordinary' gooseberry wine, you simply add a little extra sugar and yeast to the wine and bottle it.  I used to keep old sparkling wine bottles for that as they have the extra strength required and you need to add wire ties to stop the corks popping.  The bottle are then stored cork-down during the secondary fermentation so that the sediment collects next to the cork and is blown out when you open it.  I've been teetotal for many years now but it is tempting to make some of that again for special occasions!

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:37

About £20 for 25kg online (if you have room in the shed!)

LEYLANDII HEDGE REMOVAL

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:36

Freshford, you could always just erect another fence right next to the neighbours rickety one, but just inside your boundary.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:41

Took these yesterday of the first signs of life in the two new raised beds I built last autumn.  There are about half a dozen crocus varieties and about the same in mini-daffs, some of which aren't showing yet: 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38139.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38138.jpg?width=350

and some crocus in half of an old recycled water butt outside the shed in the back garden:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38140.jpg?width=350

Damaged water butt

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:12

Also, a repair done on the inside will be infinitely better than one done to the outside because the water pressure will push against the inner repair 'patch' and actually help seal it, whereas one done on the outside will have to fight against the pressure so will completely rely on the 'stickiness' of the substance used to effect the repair.  More difficult to apply though unless you (or a little helper) can squeeze inside to do it.  Trillium is right about cleanliness - whatever you try, empty and clean the butt before allowing it to dry in a shed etc for a few days.  Any dampness in the crack area will ruin any attempted repair.

ID Please

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 13:05

Hi Alan, I've run it through some free software (Irfanview) and auto-adjusted the colours to try and make it a bit clearer:

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38123.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

Could it be an olive?  If not, then I agree with Dove - a willow of some kind.  If you didn't add the support Alan, then it must be something bought in rather than blown-in!

Need plant I-D please.

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 17:51

The finely leaved one coming up everywhere looks like self-seeded love-in-a-mist (Nigella.)  You can ust pull it up from where you don't want it, but it's a very attractive cottage-garden annual.

Top soil

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:57

Hi Barbara, yes, it's best to do it now before you start planting.  If you can lay your hands on (not literally of course!) some well-rotted manure and dig this in well to the topsoil it will provide many years of nutrients for your plants.  You can even buy this ready bagged from garden centres and online these days.  If you can't find any, then get some fish, blood and bone fertilizer and fork this in using the dosage recommended on the packet.  That also lasts a long time but you will need to sprinkle a bit over the top of the soil each spring to keep everything happy (in fact, do that even if you add the manure after the first year as plants in raised beds do tend to use up the available goodness pretty quickly.)  

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