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Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:12

Hi SwissSuze, I have just started a compost thread under 'Tools and Techniques'.  Hope it gets a good response for you.

Making Compost

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 22:09

There was a request for something like this in another topic so, how do you do it?

I have 2 areas made from pallets with a plastic inner liner and one large purpose built plastic bin.

I cover the pallet areas with plastic bags and carpet to retain heat.In goes all vegetable waste from the house, plus teabags, eggshells (broken up), old growbags, lawn clippings, ash from the fire and brown paper and loo roll tubes. I also occasionally mix in a bag or two of horse manure.

I rotate them around moving the contents by turning it over and placing it in another bin. All fairly standard stuff. I am pleased with the result.

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:56

As quick as a flash rosie plum.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:03

H.ello joined about a week ago. Gardening on heavy clay in west suffolk

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 21:27

A good old Chrysant growers trick there rosie plum.

I have just returned from a Slug hunting trip. Caught 24 tonight all feeding happily under my Melon skins.

slugs and snails

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 20:05

Earwigs like damp conditions. You could try a moat of dry material to keep them off your plants. Not 100% as they can fly.

Try rolling up newspaper and wet it down slightly, place in your garden where you are finding earwigs. Leave overnight and check in the morning you might have some inside the roll. burn the roll to destroy your pests and repeat.

Gravel Garden

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 19:58

Thanks Salino

My designated area is quite small so I will not be running into mock riverbeds, just not sure at this stage whether to use a membrane or not. I am on very heavy clay so am going to wait until late summer then dig sand and gravel into the clay, then cover with a really good covering of gravel. I want to try and reduce the fertility of the soil a bit I think, but still open to ideas from others. I have had a good luck around and Beth Chatto seems to be the gravel bed queen.

slugs and snails

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:16

Perhaps not good to be mentioning a rival magazine but there is an offer in this months Kitchen Garden for nematodes, buy 2 packs and get 1 free.  I have just ordered. For the last few weeks we have been putting Melon skin on our beds (skin upwards) then going out at night with a torch and knife. Been catching up to 20 each time, they really like Melon.


Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:13

Germination rates can decrease with age and it depends also where they have been stored. Many garden centres have their seeds for sale in greenhouse type buildings so that cannot be good for them even when fresh.

I believe some seeds were found inside some of the pyriamids, possibly corn, which germinated when sown.

Bog gardening

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:07


Not a native but Lysicitum Americana Skink Cabbage is a cracker.

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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