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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Great soil from under compst heap! What to grow.

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:12

Could it be a permanent planting?  It sounds like a fantastic spot for rhubarb

Growing Tomatoes Outside?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:10

I don't have a full-size greenhouse so I always grow my tomatoes outside - most of them in pots on the terrace which is south-east facing but I have grown some ox-heart types planted in the veg patch and they did well too -  the trick is to pick the right varieties and Alicante is one which should do well - I've always had a reasonable crop - last year's was great   I had 30 pots and watering was a bit of a bind - I'm determined to cut down this year - there was hardly room to sit on the terrace last summer

Give them as much sun as you can and plenty of support with strong canes - maybe two or three per plant as they get bigger


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 08:15

It seems you're right - 'financial constraints'


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 08:10

When you do move it (and I too would leave it until autumn) take as large a rootball as possible - most lilac is grafted and is prone to suckering.


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:53

Thanks Verdun


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:49

Good morning all    blustery winds here but at least the rain and stormy skies of an hour ago have swapped for wall to wall sunshine ... but for how long?

Heading south in a bit to visit funeral directors and Ma - will try to take lunch on the harbour with a camera to hand

Square foot gardening

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 07:44

Does MPC work out cheaper volume for volume than topsoil?   You can certainly add some, but you'll need to top it up again next year.  That being said, I usually top up with manure in the autumn or spring (depending on what I'm going to grow) and fork it well in.

Good luck


Square foot gardening

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:27

I line the base of mine with water-permeable landscaping fabric - this prevents the soil being washed out of the bottom of the bed.  I line the sides with a layer of heavy duty polythene to guard against any possible contamination of the soil by preservatives in the wood and also to help preserve the wood. 

I fill mine with two-thirds topsoil and one third well rotted farmyard manure.  I have found that using multi-purpose compost is not as successful as it breaks down after a couple of seasons.

soil killing plants?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:17

Tiny seedlings are very susceptible to fungal infections etc so need sterilised soil/specialist compost.  That's probably why the ones grown in garden soil perished.

You say that plants in your garden did not do well last year.  Can you give us more information about the garden soil, its situation, the plants and your methods.

aquilegia new disease

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:23

I visited Carrie Thomas's garden the summer before last and brought some aquilegias home with me - my fingers are very crossed.

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