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Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 21:57

A gardener recommended to us New Horizon, Organic Multi Purpose and we have been pleased with it so far.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 22:13

Loam is roughly Sand, Silt and Clay at 40%, 40%, 20%. It is rich in nutrients, and is about right for moisture retention.

Tasty things

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:57

Thanks for the tips with nettles and hop tips. I know a hedge with lots of wild hops so will be giving them a go very soon.

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:37

I think Miriam Rothschils tok about 10 years to create a replica ancient meadow

Tasty things

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:18

Hi janerowena

How have you prepared your hop tips?

Tasty things

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:12

I made nettle soup last year and thoroughly enjoyed it but my wife did not enjoy the furry back taste. I think I will give nettle tea a go though.  Looking forward to Elder flower time. I have made cordial for the last two years and last year made elder champagne which was divine but I had a problem with bottles blowing their tops.

If anyone has any advice on the best bottles I would appreciate it.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:06

Dont accept the crap purchased from Wickes etc. Take it back and complain. If you purchase and say nothing they will keep producing.

I think the council are supposed to heat treat their green waste but when I think of all the rubbish I take to the green collection site, I would not want to touch it with a barge pole.  All the good stuff I keep for my own compost. In addition to making compost I have also started saving leaves this last Autumn to make a leaf mulch. After 1 year it is supposed to be useable but fantastic after 2 years. Cannot wait to see the reuslts in 2013. I am going to mix it into my own compost.

Making Compost

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 22:01

You could have compost in a beehive bin in about 12 weeks. They are not veryo good for turning though. Just a small hatch at the bottom to dig it out and tip into another container. I would probably only turn once ot twice.

Making Compost

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 20:07

Monty Don chops all his material up by putting it in a huge contained area and running over it with an old lawnmower before forking it into his main bin.

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:24

We moved into our new home 2 years ago and it has very heavy clay, which had not had much mulching. We started straight away digging in compost and placing a good mulch of wood chips on the surface. Improvements are slight but noticeable, I am expecting to have a reasonable tilth in about 4 years of continual improving.

Discussions started by burhinus

Making Compost

As site dedicated to the making of perfect compost 
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Last Post: 23/04/2012 at 20:14

Gravel Garden

I am thinking of creating a drought tolerant gravel garden 
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Last Post: 20/04/2012 at 22:02
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