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Latest posts by Edd

Butternut squash

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 23:19

That is what they do. 

Try planting on a compost heap (manure heap) and see how fast they take over the Rhubarb!!!


Cherry tree

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 23:17

I have too agree. You need more Cherry trees in your area to help cross pollinate.

Buy another one and watch the fruits develop 

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:26

Forgive me please. Cheaper to look about on Ebay.

Yes. watch this.

I use Wilko fine mix but this guy has the right seed if you have the time????.

Please do not say I am fanatical as I have contracts with the council to make the bits in between  head stones look good.

I can do this but people have different opinions and i do try to be kind (I hope)

Red Hot Pokers & Ants

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 21:21

Yes you can stop them. Drench the ground with soft soap and water. 

Just plain water will do if you drench them. They hate wet conditions.

I think they may be farming aphids so look out for them on the plant.

Sprinkle some corn meal around the plant  and try icing sugar with Bicarbonate of soda mixed to a paste. this will kill them. A instant squirt of (green) washing up liquid will kill them instantly. (it will also kill other beneficial insects

Its your choice?

What's my name?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:14

It's brachyglottis and is a genus of the Asteraceae family and endemic to New Zealand as a invasive weed. 

I think. ( I quite like it )


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:09

Have you tried barley straw Gardengirl..

Depends on the weed.

I will let Dove explain.

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:04

These are all questions I'd certainly want answered before drawing any conclusions.

Back to my mention of the "advantageous" distinction between worm castings and vermicompost.

The way I personally see it (ie this is just my humble opinion, based on my own experience and my assessment of all that I've read), the closer the material is to 100% worm castings, the more applicable the "a little goes a long way" rule is. I've tried growing plants in pots containing a very mature vermicompost (ie with a large proportion of worm castings in it) with no other potting mix, and they did not grow well at all. On the other hand, I have had great success with growing plants solely in partially worm-worked materials that were closer to a regular compost in texture and appearance.

University research trials with "vermicompost" or "worm castings" are most often using a consistent product produced commercially - very likely a material that would have a very high percentage of worm castings in it. Of course, it is also very important to consider WHAT exactly the castings were made from.

All castings will possess some similar properties, but you can't assume that your tomato plants will respond in the exact same manner to castings created from manure, as those created from paper sludge (and as mentioned above, this has indeed been demonstrated in various studies). Running with that example, I would actually predict that pure manure castings might not be as effective as paper sludge castings when used alone, since manures tend to have inorganic salts which could become concentrated in the castings.


Silly debates aside, the take-away message here is that worm-processed materials can really help plants to grow well!

HOW exactly is this accomplished?

More to follow ( next time)

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:01

Worm Castings. Plant Growth Promotion.

As I pointed out (last post) people often get caught up in what I referred to as "N:P:K La La Land" me included - that is to say
they get so focused on the amounts of chemical nutrients in a given material, that they forget to take into consideration some of the other beneficial compounds, or non-chemical properties said material possesses.

Worm castings and my last post is a prime case in point -  often contain very low N:P:K values, yet they still have been shown time and time again to have significant growth promoting properties - along with some of the other properties of compost-like materials that can help to improve the overall health of soils and the plants that grow in them.

It has been consistently demonstrated that worm castings produce a growth response above and beyond that which can be directly attributed to any of the standard plant nutrients the material contains.

This has been shown simply by providing all test plants with their full nutrient requirements (via typical inorganic fertilizers), then adding castings to some of the pots. Those with the castings added very often show significant additional growth.

This is why I prefer the term 'growth promoter' as a label for worm castings, rather than 'fertilizer' or even 'compost' for that matter. That being said, this is not to suggest that worm castings / vermicomposts can't be a stand-alone material.

This is an entire topic on its own, and a case where the distinction between these two terms actually becomes somewhat advantageous (more on that in a minute).

A considerable amount of the research in this field has been conducted by the team led by Dr. Clive Edwards at Ohio State University. A wide range of plants, including tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, strawberries and petunias (among others) have been shown to grow significantly better in potting mixes containing various proportions of worm castings.

Castings created from different starting materials (eg paper waste, manure, fruit/vegetable scraps etc) seem to differ in their ability improve growth, but the overall trend is still the same. Similar positive trends have also been found during field research trials as well (Arancon et al. 2003).

Some of the scientific literature on the topic seems to suggest that the best growth promotion occurs at somewhat lower concentrations (eg 20% of total soil mix) of castings, rather than mixes containing mostly or all worm castings (Atiyeh et al. 2000) - hence the "a little goes a long way" recommendation often associated with the use of worm castings. Others would argue that some of the best growth promotion can actually occur when plants are grown in 'pure' worm castings.

One of the major problems with a debate like this is of course defining what exactly constitutes 'worm castings' or 'vermicompost'. There is no governing body to decide what does and does not meet the guidelines (which would obviously need to be created first) for an official designation of 'worm-worked materials'.

Anyone (and their brother) can call their compost, or even plain dirt, 'worm castings' if they feel like it, so one needs to be careful when making generalizations (and yes, I realize that it is easy to make such generalizations based on the results of various scientific studies).

How long did the worms process it?

What density of worms were used?

What waste materials were used?

Is the end product screened or unscreened?

How long has it been sitting?


Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:49

Aphids produce a stippled affect, depending on the colour of aphid.


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what if we had our own Id? 
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