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council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:03

This is not a new trend at all, it has come more into the headlines as we want to use more compost that is peat free and organic.  The trouble is, that most gardeners only send to council tips the stuff they cannot or will not compost themselves - perennial weeds, weedkilled material, nails, wooden slats etc.   In due course most of this stuff woud compost well ( well, not the nails!), but needs a very long time at very high temperatures within the compost and in most council compost making places this does not happen.  As we demand more and more of this so called 'good' compost, the people preparing it are having to speed up their supplies - hence more rubbish gets to stay in it.   There are many problems with bought compost at present, I suggest you do a couple of things - buy a small amount from 1 supplier and check out that it is OK beore you buy more, look around for someone making large amounts locally, with enough heat and time to get it right - not easy to do, but should be possible in thos day of electronic communications,  Again, buy a little and check it.  Of course the most important thing is to make your own, bu you can't start there I know.   Keep an eye on this site, people do share what they have found with various composts, thus informing you as to which are good and which not.  I'm afraid there is little way to avoid poor stuff except by experiment and avoidance. 

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:55

Yes, this is one of the ways to treat them if you want to keep any willow small - my contorted willow gets cut back to telegraph pole state every year, and is gorgeous again in a few weeks - worry not, all should be well. 

Bearded Iris bent stems

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:54

Yes, they have got chilled through, they may well stand up straight again, many plants actually do after a quick freeze.  Much will depend upon how frozen they got, how many cells were damaged and how much stem was bitten by the cold.  The flowers will still be good, I don't know if there is anything else you can do - hopefully others will know more to help you. 

Rotovating Re-Claimed Land

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:51

DON'T ROTOVATE !!!!! This is really my most sincere advice.  We took on an overgrown allotment a few years ago, got it cleared, then rotovated - what a disaster!  All it does is chop up those perennial weeds into tiny little bits, all of which root and make huge great plants you will never, ever get out in ten years of weeding.  We have read and talked about this often in this site, and the overwhelming advice is, do not rotovate.  Cover the ground with black plastic and use a glyphosphate weed killer if you don't mind chemicals, it is the least of the eveils out there, be patient and wait until things are dead - or deadish in the case of some weeds that you cannot erradicate.  The overgrown meadow part will probably respond well to constant mowing, it is surprising how well good grass comes back when the weeds get their heads chopped off, grass doesn't mind but most other things do.  I would suggest you stick with the chop and glyphosphate route for the rest.     For brambles you do best to dig them out and treat with root stump remover, I hate chemicals too, but there is a place for their use on very rare occasions, and this is probably one of them. Have fun, and enjoy.

allotment

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 14:42

To avoid desperation, back ache, hearfelt disappointment and a desire never to garden again, I beg you not to try and grow everything in your first season!!   Take it a bit at a time, grow a smallish paatch of the things you a) like best and b) cost the most.  Maybe something like peas and raspberries (my personal choices only), because a whole allotment space gets very large when you try to do it all at once for the first time.  i do not want to discourage you, but I do know you will discourage yourself if you try to do it all at once - we've all done it, and ended up overworked and with not as much for our efforts as we hoped.  concentrate your energies ad efforots on a few areas, get to do those well and thoroughly enjoy the results, giving yourself a well deserved pat on the back, then move on to the next thing.  I have a dear friend who is retired, very vigourous and energetic, who spends all his time on his allotment and who would be ther first person to agree with 'don't do it all at once.'   The point about gardening, veggies or flowers or fruit, is that you should enjoy it and working yourself into a frazzle at the start ain't enjoying it!   Put in what you really, really wan,t to quote someone, put down some green compost elsewhere and get  yourself into it like a very hot bath, slowly by slowly, it's then wonderfu when you are completely in!! Have great fun, 

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 15:48

I love bluberries, am about to give mine their yearly dose of ericaceous compost as the ground in which I grow them is not realy quite acid enough for them.  Last year we had a poor crop, but in preceding years have had very good crops indeed.  I suspect the persistent wet and dark skies for last year - but we expect great things this year.  

Stones everywhere

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:25

I do so sympathise HJ, I was trying to shove sticks into the ground for future supports yesterday, think I need a tiny dynamite charge on each one!!  

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:22

So gad to know you all enjoy your wild life too - though I must admit I do take exception to squirrels and pigeons - other than that, they are welcome.

Interested in what you say about yellow crocus obelixx, I gave up on purple ones here because they were dug up before I got the back door closed when I planted them in the autumn, and up until now they have left the yellow ones alone - back to the drawing board it would seem - Note to self, add stripy crocus bulbs to autumn shopping list and don't tell the pigeons or squirrels. 

Broccoli problem

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:19

Hmm. do have to agree re kale, did you buy it as plants or grow it from seed I wonder?  Either way, if it is flowering it is done for food for us, but rabbits (pet ones) and other such like pets like it as food if you have any friends who keep them - guinea pigs are very fond of it. 

Indina Bean Tree

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 14:17

I find that, here inte Midlands, it is one of the last trees to leaf, so you may have slightly longer than you think - say 10 minutes? 

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