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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:31
Pat E says:

Fidget, I've been meaning to ask - have you found a suitable place to move to? I remember that you were looking.

sleep well all. I'm lazily think about getting up. 

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 I have a 3 bedroom going cheap fidgetbones! Will swap for scuba gear/ lifesavers belts and a year's supply of sea sick pills (the ginger has stopped working)

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:23
Pat E says:

Edd, this one is for you 

i know some some of you have seen this before, but just so you know!

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 Ahh. You have Cats!!! "Cats to the south west. Thousands of them"

Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead: Sixty! We dropped at least 60, wouldn't you say?

Adendorff: That leaves only 3,940. left in the yard.

Cat Deterrent

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:05
Dovefromabove says:

It's Hosta who is getting richer and richer Edd 

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Composted bark?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 01:02
Hostafan1 says:

bark used as a mulch doesn't leech nutrients from soil, even uncomposted. There is debate as to whether it depletes nitrogen when dug into soil. I've seen research which says yes, and research which says no. 

Used as a mulch  it draws nitrogen from the air ( 78% Nitrogen ) NOT from the soil. 

Another well trotted out myth I'm afraid.

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 Life is a wonderful mystery Hostafan1.

I can't disagree with you Hostafan1.

Time will tell and as long as we keep researching it, then the facts will come out eventually.

But If people like you and me stop studying it!  

Then what?

Potatoes - Manure Question

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 00:54
raisingirl says:

LoserBloke says:

My potato plot hasnt had any manure dug in over winter. So presume it's too late for this now. My question is, when I dig my trenches, can I add some manure below the seed potatoes (provided it's well rotted). My local garden store has Grow Sure Organic Manure 50L bags for sale, would this be ok? 

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Alternatively, if you just want to grow a few spuds without winning competitions, no, it's not too late to add a bag of well rotted manure to the ground where you intend to plant greedy feeders like potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes or beans. Don't use it where you are going to grow salads, onions or root veg.

Yes you can dig in a spadeful of well rotted manure under each seed potato as you plant it (and a bucketful under any courgettes, later in the year). 

Yes the grow sure organic stuff will be fine.

You can add BF&B as a top dressing if you think the soil is exceptionally poor, or you could try manure this year, see how it goes, use a seaweed or comfrey soluble feed for your plants this season and then adjust your feeding regime next year, depending on what comes up (or not) this year.

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 I guess you never get big onions then raisingirl.

Potatoes - Manure Question

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 02:15

Only leave a max of 3 shoots per seed pot. Rub the rest off other wise you will have loads of tiny potatoes.

You might need some stem support on top as they will grow to over 6' 

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Potatoes - Manure Question

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 02:05

I grow for show LoserBloke.

Once your trench is Dug, do a mix of 1 bucket manure/1 bucket grow bag and 1 bucket leaf mould. 

The rest is a secret but you will have the whitest potatoes you have ever seen. (unless you plant red)

Put 1 bucket of pure manure at the base and then place your seed on top. Then put 1 bucket (of the 3 above mixed)  on top. when your trench is full sprinkle some fertiliser on top (seaweed, comfrey is great, whatever you have)  then fill the rest of the trench with straw. Yes straw!!!

You will need slug controller and I recommend nematodes. 

I have just given out far too much info.

good luck.

PS. Your trench should be 2 spade deep and 2 wide! That is a lot of work but you only have to do it once.

line the bottom and sides with manure soaked straw that has rotted for a year.

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Composted bark?

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 01:41
BobTheGardener says:

Composted bark contains very little in the way of nutrients but is a good long lasting mulch which will help to retain moisture and keep weeds down.  MPC will feed the soil but will disappear quickly, so not as good for mulching purposes.  If you want to feed the soil, I'd sprinkle on fish, blood and bone before putting down the composted bark.

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 Thanks bob.

You wrote everything I was wanting to say.

 BobTheGardener is correct. It can also leach nutrients out of the soil but yours sounds fine. Watch out for perennial weed seeds. Get them quick!!!

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Cat Deterrent

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 01:33

Is it Nut that gets a £1 commission  for every one of these topics that is started?

It all ends in tears

No need it should be banned. (and the topic)


Posted: 23/03/2017 at 01:29

Tried Hayloft once.

He is now 6 year old.

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