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Latest posts by Fairygirl

bags for composting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:09

dduck - I'm sure one of the forum members - fidgetbones - uses them, but she's on holiday just now. I think it is a bit slower than other materials though.

Landscape Gardening

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:00

Bev - the nature of the forum means that free advertising isn't allowed, so anyone trying to promote their business gets removed by the moderators. I think pansyface's idea is a great one. Also, perhaps there's  a Horticulture Society in your area which would have good recommendations. Worth trying  

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?

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