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green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:32

Thanks Tanty. I don't know why I didn't think of it before! I think it may be slow to get going by the time I sow, so I may have to net for a bit, but I think the benefit to the ground will be worth it anyway. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:22


I've grown some Acidanthera for the first time this year, but I think they'd die if I left them in the ground here. Might leave some and see what happens 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:20

Please don't report me Yvie - I promise I'll be good...

A lie down might not be bad idea. 

I know what you mean about squirrels - I've not fed peanuts at all while I've been in this house. The starlings eating all the fat balls and leaving nothing for the little birds are my bugbear. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 13:59

Yvie that sounds like the weather here. I think we're getting what we were meant to have yesterday, although it's brightening now so I may get outside for a while.

Have you no idea what the seeds were? 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 13:57

Hi Lynne, I think most people lift them and replant the following year as they're not completely hardy, but sometimes they survive if you're in a favourable part of the country or have a sheltered garden. especially if they have  a good mulch over them.  Always best to wait till the foliage has died back as that feeds the bulb/corm, but if you're worried about severe weather arriving before that happens, you could lift them and put into pots of compost under cover somewhere to let them die back. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 13:52

Mould usually develops where there isn't enough ventilation. Do you have the propagator inside the house as well? As Yvie says - if they're in a greenhouse or even indoors on a windowsill they shouldn't need any extra help. I definitely wouldn't have heat under them, just shelter from the cold weather.  

green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 13:44

Thanks doc. I just thought it would be easier than lugging bags of manure home! Had a quick look online and for this time of year it seems 'field beans' would be the one to go for. It would be a little more attractive to look at than a load of netting too. 

green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:36

I'm digging over an area which will become a lawn - I hope! It will be bare all winter so I thought of sowing a green manure. The ground is mainly heavy compacted clay/gravel which has been uncultivated in any way and although I will be adding compost etc as well,  I thought it would benefit from it. I can get loads of manure to lay on top but it would save me a lot of physical effort - I'm worn out! 

It would also save me from having to net or cover it to prevent the area becoming a sea of weeds and a giant cat litter tray 

Has anyone used them successfully?

This forum

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:03

Brilliant stories 

They remind me of the story I once heard about a woman who got a phone call from a company selling conservatories. She allowed them to rabbit on, answering all the questions and showing polite interest until the man eventually asked for her address so that someone could visit to measure up etc. The one question he hadn't thought to ask...and where did she live?

In a third floor flat.... 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 10:45

Christmas stuff has been in shops here since the beginning of September... No No No - it's all WRONG....aaaaaghhh!!!!!!!!! 

Sorry MrsG 

Seriously - I think it spoils it. Retailers seem to want to push us ever faster through the year. Time goes by too quickly as it is for me - it must be an 'age' thing! 

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