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Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:56
Ideally you need two ( or three) but if you only have room for one then that's fine. You just need to realise that it may become full so that there may be times when you can't compost your waste, while you are waiting for it to rot down. Being where it gets some sun will help with speed.

Compost bins work quicker the bigger they are but again if you don't mind it being slower a small bin should be fine - you see lots of quite small ones shaped like little bee hives, I know these are expensive but if you have a look it will give you a feel for the size.

Have you tried looking on freecycle, you may get someone offering a compost bin on there.

Some green manures are also pretty flowers such as phacelia. But they are quite space hungry for the goodness they impart so good for beds but not pots. You could let some grow on to get the flowers and dig the rest in when ready to plant you beds.

If growing beans you could dig a deep trench ready and put compost and shredded newspaper in over the winter. You then bury this and plant the beans above. It helps with nutrients and soil structure and would be another way of composting alongside your bins. You could do this over the whole bed, not just for beans.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 06:16
Good morning everyone

Thanks for all the good wishes, feeling almost back to normal just washed out : /

Catching up on all the threads is a good tonic : )

KEF did you say you were potato tasting in suspenders ?

OL Don't be jealous of those of us with fruit doing well, I have but my veg has being very up and down this year. Even the easy veg like courgettes and beans is playing hard to get this year for me : (

Working at home today, hoping my head will be less woolly than so far this week. Progress and output has being slow and low ( bit like my veg patch.....)

Hope everyone has a good day xx

Need Front Garden Ideas

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 19:37
You need shade lovers if the aspect is north west, a few hours in the evening is not enough for anything which likes sun. Germander will cope with light shade so may grown but probably not flower very much

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 18:52
I think they might have being too warm

I could do with an outside vent too, KEF : )

Need Front Garden Ideas

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 18:47
Hi Joel

If your house faces north west than lavender isn't going to be happy as they like full sun. Will put my thinking cap on for so etching which is similar but enjoys a shadier aspect : )

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 11:01
It can be frustrating can't it. I seem to have had a very bad year for seed germination - partly weather, partly old seed and partly me I guess

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:59
A lot of grasses like well drained soils, that we might be why you have a 50/50 survival rate. Most grasses should be easy to grow if they like the conditions you have got.

The plant selector tools on the RHS and Crocus sites are quite good.

I believe that Panicum virgatum can cope with heavier soil and there are some blue quite upright forms - Heavy Metal is one, but I think there are others

Miscasthus sinensis 'Variegatus' looks nice with Rodgersia. It's not blue but is variegated cream and green and doesn't look strongly green.

Or deschampsia cespitosa would probably enjoy the same conditions but that's gold/silver 'Goldtau' is a nice one.

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:45
Last year I saved some of those plastic tubs with lids that washing machine gel tabs come in and have used them to store my seeds in (opened and unopened packets). We have had a very mixed year re germination rates, much worse than usual, and I am now wondering if it's something to do with the plastic boxes? Am afraid to say that I didn't bother washing them out and am now wondering if there were chemicals lingering from the tabs which has effected the seed? Do you think they would be ok to use if I have then a good soak? I don't why I didn't anyway, only occurred to me when I opened one of them the other day and noticed that the washing tab smell is still quite strong.

Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:39
I haven't tried Arran pilot but we grew Arran Victory last year and we found them slightly bitter and quite a strong flavour - I quite liked them but they were more of an 'acquired taste' than you expect potatoes to be.

They were also a nightmare to dig up as they were quite small and very dark blue/ black - as our soil is also very dark and full of small blue/black stones it was a case of spot the potato : )


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:27
Hi Dove

Magpies are the quiet ones here - we have a pair of those which hang around the car park ( we live in a block of flats) - the noisy ones are the seagulls. We have loads and they create a real racket when they flock together before settling at night. It quite divides local opinion - some people absolutely hate them. I know they are noisy ( and messy) but I always think they sound so wonderfully raucous and positively alive ( if that makes sense). Must admit I do curse when it's my car they leave a calling card on : /

PS Hope you are enjoying your having your smileys back, wish I could get them on my iPad : (

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