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toxicology testing soil before growing vegetables

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:37

But as Welshonion says, don't get too stressed about it.  I grew up on a pig farm, had cats and dogs and gardened all my life even when I was pregnant.  Good hand washing will deal with most things

toxicology testing soil before growing vegetables

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:15

I agree with Welsh onion

Welshonion wrote (see)
Sunlight will have rendered any nasties ineffective, especially if you turn over the soil regularly. Don't grow vegetables you might eat raw, like salads and wash the crops well, though you will be boiling the vegetables. E-coli is everywhere; there are many strains of it. Don't get yourself too worried.

with the caveat that any pregnant mother should be particularly careful when gardening - using gloves to garden and cleaning hands with hot water and soap afterwards - it's not E-coli that I would be most concerned about, it's toxoplasmosis http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/toxoplasmosis/pages/introduction.aspx but that's always a risk when gardening.

 

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:08

I know border collies are intelligent and clever, but ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-32411621

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:00

The sun's been hidden by some thick cloud again here, and it's turned quite chilly again - even indoors - I'm trying hard not to put the heating on

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 11:29

I hear what you're saying Emma lou, but if they walk they're in breach of contract and you should take them to the Small Claims Court (very simple). 

The work is being done for the price quoted - if they made a mistake in their calculations that's their problem and not yours - they'll be more careful in future, but you should not be the loser. 

The soil should be suitable for the purpose (it very obviously is not) and the plants should be of a similar size to those in the illustration unless there was a written proviso that smaller plants would be used. 

Stick to your guns! We're behind you

Problem bush

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 10:55

It doesn't look promising - as part of it has died off it's an inelegant shape and it can only get worse.  I'd get rid of it, replenish the soil by digging in some well-rotted farmyard manure and homemade compost, and choose a replacement -  what about a Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'?

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 10:52

When filling raised beds in this garden we used two-thirds good quality sieved topsoil and one-third well-rotted organic farmyard manure - if I was paying someone to do the job that is what I would expect.

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 10:50

A mulch won't change the fact that the soil is unsuitable - I'd be furious!

What is this?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 10:45

Agree - it's either Astilbe or the wild British Native version known as Meadow Sweet -used as a sweetly scented strewing herb on floors before carpets came along

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:52

  Sorry - Frances Reynolds  - I mixed you up with Dave

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