bookmonster


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Bokashi

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:03

Hi

 

We have a small suburban garden - and I'm considering getting a bokashi kit. The only question I have is what to do with the results. We don't currently compost as we don't have much 'brown' waste from the garden, and due to lack of space. I would rather something that produces soil improver than fertiliser like a wormery does, and want it as easy as possible. So does anyone use bokashi successfully? And what are the options for using the results? What could be added to it as 'brown' matter if I put it in a compost bin to finish off (can I compost printed junk mail, for example). Thanks!

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 11:09

Thanks for the ideas! When we took out the indian bean tree it was already under planted so we didn't have any dilemnas about what to do with it. Any tips on root removal ??

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 10:01

Sorry for the delay in replying, small ones do attract illnesses and eat time. Ooh, can buddleia be propagated by cutting? We already have a lovely white one, recently had its annual haircut (with a saw!!)

When you say do a proper clear out, how would you accomplish that? Time and funds are limited.

Guernsey Donkey2, some of our crocuses do ok, but our clay soil eats bulbs, it gets too wet over winter.

My husband was thinking of a holly for this area, as they're quite slow growing.

Any ideas for a shade and clay tolerant ground cover? I may just propagate my oregano.

 

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 17:10

Hi

We had a rare opportunity to tackle the garden yesterday while my inlaws looked after the toddler, including taking out several uninvited trees. We had to prune a beloved but overgrown broom to get to them. It's great for the bees and we love it - but it's way bigger than the border and I know they don't like pruning. The plant next to it has never attracted wildlive (it's tree like- identified as sambuca nigra but never seen berries on it so I'm not sure), so we're thinking of starting again in that area. It is a narrow border  on clay which gets the sun, and we'd be planting on roots - any thoughts? We want plenty of pollinator value.

 

We're also looking for a shade and clay tolerant living mulch for under our double cordon pear to give the weeds a run for their money, in the nectar bar border.

 

Thanks!

Allium questions

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 08:29

Clay holds nutrients well, so can make a good loam with lots of organic matter.

Allium questions

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:22
Perfect! Our clay is rapidly becoming beautiful soil with a bit of TLC.

Allium questions

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:08
Do allium neapolitanum attract bees? And does letting alliums seed mean the bulb isn't replenished?

any other arachnaphobes out there?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:05
I don't dislike them, they're fine at a distance standing still, just terrified. A harvest man or spider on my leg recently was one of the few occasions I've ever screamed

any other arachnaphobes out there?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:08

I try to garden in harmony with wildlife so I'm thrilled my plot is full of harvestmen and spiders, but on a moist September morn ing when it needs mostly clearning, weeding, and mulching ready for chard seeds and shallot sets my arachnophobia can be a bit of a hindrance. Any other sufferers out there? It's even harder now I can't just drag my husband out, he was being napped on by a teething/mmr'd toddler...

shallot harvest

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:24
Good advice, I've brushed the slugs off and will try and remove the mud when it's dried

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