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Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 23:56

lots of eating pumpkins and turban squash but everyone seems to know what to do with them. so. . . . . .tuna fish sandwiches with lots of arugula its the only thing still growing in the garden.

hot composting

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 23:46

why composting is always interesting.- topped the heap with a few feet of leaves, moistened but not mixed. in 24 hrs the leaves have reached a temp of 160f. the underlying heap remains at 150f. fyi the leaves were bashed about a bit but not shredded. verdun, the beauty of your garden refutes any possibility of laziness.

hot composting

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 21:29

 by volume the heap is now overwhelmingly leaves. by weight it is probably closer to 50/50 garden and leaf. the lignin and minerals in the leaves are a great soil amendment. the heat and steam from the 150F core makes leaf breakdown quite rapid. rain, snow and ice forecast for next weekend so not many more additions. 

my favorite succulent

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:04
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

What do you call it David ?  Don't know that one.  Your bench looks a bit like mine

i don't think i can even call it a bench. told a friend i'd brought all mine in and repotted-he sent back that he'd also just winterized and this is just a small part of it.


John Innes Compost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:52

we have a soil guru over here who is so dogmatic and annoying that as my friend Mara said the other day- we can't shoot the messenger so we'll shoot the message-to hell with his soil.

my favorite succulent

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:44

 will be flowering in a few weeks

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:13

because i compost i cut a lot of the garden down in autumn but leave the more winter ornamental things( grasses, some shrubs) until late winter when everything comes down to uncover the spring bulbs-mostly tinies so need clean sweep. the last time i left everything until spring the job looked so formidable that i ended up lawn mowering everything, which actually worked out ok.

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 04:22

just pull them out and toss them on the ground as mulch-by spring they'll have broken down. i control mine by pulling them out by the hundreds after they bloom.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:31

going to hawaii and ignoring the whole thing.

hot composting

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:30

stirred up the heap as temp. had begun to drop a bit. dumped 10 bags of slightly moistened ash leaves on top. leaves would be finished in a week or 10 days IF i stopped adding to the heap. HOWEVER, a friend is bringing over his poplar leaves which were gathered with lawnmower so a nice mix of chopped leaves and grass-compost heaven. 

Discussions started by david spikes

my favorite succulent

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Last Post: 11/12/2014 at 12:48

hot composting

compost heaping 
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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 11:12

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 14:44

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18


great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26
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