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Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 18:51


Mosquitoes attacks

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:36

You can buy 'non-drowsy' versions of antihistamine tablets, suitable for taking if you're going to drive etc. 

Raised beds and buying worms!

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:33

We were advised on here (some years ago now) to line the base of our new raised beds and we did as suggested - we have no idea whether some soil would have washed out of the bottom or not, but as the beds were of lightweight construction, and the land they were placed on wasn't totally level, I suspect that it may have done.  

Despite the bases being lined, worms found their way in pretty quickly 

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:25
chrissieB says:

Hello Dove

is the Nottcutts you use peat free or have you tried their peat free compost?

thanks Chrissie

See original post

 The one I use is a reduced peat formulation, it works well and is water retentive without being a sponge - I've tried quite a few peat free composts and they either turn to dust or set like concrete after a few weeks.  Horrid stuff.  


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 09:27

Hosta, has your OH lost his recipe?  Tell him to try this one ... a little bit different   It's the one I'm going to try this year. 

Happy birthday to your daughter 

Last edited: 26 August 2016 09:27:48

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:56

For the past couple of years I've been using Notcutts own brand of MPC for tomatoes etc and pots of summer bedding etc - the quality has been much better than others I've seen and I've found no problems with it. All plants have grown well. 

Tomato plant deformity 2016

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:40

Yes Fidget 

Also concerned that they've not given public advice on what to do with contaminated compost or what they're doing to avoid a repeat of the problem. 

Raised beds and buying worms!

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:32

I lined the sides of mine with heavy duty plastic, and used permeable membrane on the bottom to prevent soil washing out. i fill them with two thirds good quality topsoil and one third well rotted farmyard manure. Don't use Multipurpose compost - it's too light and breaks down quickly into dust. Don't worry, the worms will find their own way there. 


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 07:11

Good morning all   It's another beautiful morning here in Norfolk. Enjoy your stay BL, not to mention your meal out and shopping trip. 


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 15:28

Hi Martyn - happy for you to call me Dove 

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