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Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 19:34


Was looking into the legalities of trees and chopping and apparently as long as you return the wood you can remove overhanging branches, but it's unlikely they will want them back so that's why I do wish to speak to them first. 

As for settling yes I found that, which was why I was glad of the extra after all. Managed to top them up and still have a bag left over to fill those side beds. Want to fill them with berry bushes - hence the tree concerns at the back. Gets quite dark. 

Everything took a bit of battering in the wind but no snapped stems.

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:11

Here's an updated pic anyway, bit of a mess and still need to put the trellises up properly but its coming along. Would prefer it much more if I didnt have a huge overhanging tree from the garden behind shadingme out :(

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 17:02

Might indeed try and source that half-tonne Topbird and as you say, that way I have the room to mix in my own amendments. The stuff i bought originally was a very sandy topsoil mix so hardens quite a lot, lesson learned for next year - more compost! I have the spare builders bags from the 3 tonne being used for partially done compost and grass clipping drying. (useful items!)

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 16:57

Aha, see this is why I can't be trusted to do maths.

Upon remeasurement - (done so quickly i have squelchy mud between my toes ..) apparently the depth is indeed 9 inches not 12 and i filled them to an inch off the top for easy cut&come again so I should have been doing my maths based on 8 inch depth not 12 so in fact I need 0.5 m3 total.

Seems you hit the nail on the head raisingirl, again you come to my rescue!

That still seems like a lot of soil but that could be as i did the lasagne method at first so can probably lop off another inch depending on the thickness of the cardboard.

Topsoil Requirements

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:47


So this is my garden layout - its changed a bit since then, added beds around the side and put some decking at the front instead of half dead grass.

Now the question is about soil amounts. I made a bit of a gaffe when I first did it as I worked out that those 4'x8' beds needed a tonne of soil apiece ... Now you see why I'm asking you for help - oddly enough 1.5 tonnes did the lot, so ended up with a lot of spare, thankfully after installing raised beds round the edges and with shrinkage i managed to use all 3 tonnes. 

Now those little cut off corners have been turned into beds and I'm scared of my own maths ... ive worked out that 4'x4' at a depth of 12 inches would be 16 cubic feet so x2 beds would be 32 cubic feet (0.9 cubic metres?) - but again that maths tells me I need another tonne bag as the place I buy from estimated their tonne bag at 0.73m3 which having bought their bags before did not add up.

Ive already done this maths wrong as 2 lots of 4x4 is the same as the original 8x4 - so how much do i really need?!


Posted: 08/06/2017 at 01:07

Agree - looks potato-esque

Rotting courgette

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 01:04

Aye like Dove said above - that sounds typical of the plant not being pollinated - all female flowers start off with potential courgettes on them.

So whether they swell and grow, or die and rot depends on whether they are pollinated by a male flower. Bees are preferable but a paintbrush will do if you need to do it manually. 

Mystery blue plant

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 18:06

Those leaves look so familiar ... i want to say related to the Primulina?

Harvested anything yet?

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 16:46

Everything seems to be crawling for me this year, but its also my first year actually committing to a full planting layout in this house. I have sucessfully harvested my first cut and come again of the Mizuna and the Dragon Tongue Rocket (those red veins are so pretty) as well as the Marshalls Mix of radishes which includes the Purple Plum, Scarlet Globe, Sparkler, White Turnip and Zlata. I can't comment on the taste as I hate radishes, mizuna and rocket! Those entire sections of the bed are totally for the other half, but he chowed them down without complaint so assuming they were ok.

earthing up potatoes

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 16:37

You seem to have the right idea already. Trying not to get too technical....

The rules shouldnt be any different for container/ground as its the same process. The act of hilling up is to ensure the developing potatoes are never above ground as they grow as otherwise exposure to sunlight causes them to turn green (and start producing the poisonous solanine).

Generally unless I actually see a potato popping above ground I leave hilling/topping up until they have gained about 10cm of growth then top up until there is a set of leaves above ground.

Depending on the variety, the flowering stage is where they set all their first set (indeterminate) or all (determinate) their tubers and are in the process of bulking them up so I prefer to give mine a chance to bulk up first so I wait until the flowers have died back before I start harvesting the early varieties and I'll wait for full yellowing/dieback before harvesting maincrop types.

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