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Posted: 26/10/2013 at 23:50

Bamboo?  It will grow in a pot and it grows rapidly.  There are many varieties out there to choose from.  Bamboo will tell you when it needs water too because the leaves curl so there's less chance of it dying from thirst.

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:20

LOL I love mental gardeners!

?? Pond on My Allotment

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:16

An upturned dustbin lid with some pebbles in isn't a pond and will attract wildlife



New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:11

Last Autumn I covered with rotting (not well rotten) horsemuck at a depth of about 8 inches (it took a while to cover the plot).  In the spring I used a three tine cultivator to mix the top of the soil.  

No weeds, better soil structure and fertiliser too for no money and no digging.  

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:08

You need to get some kind of organic matter (compost or manure) on top of the soil for the worms to pull down into it.  The sooner the better.  This will help prevent nutrient leeching in the future.  

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:05

I use cardboard  (where I can) - it rots into the ground so doesn't cause waste. 

Black fabric is good because it blocks out the light, but lets the heat through.  

Some issues though with using fabric:

  • It's a slug hibernating heaven!
  • Most pernicious weeds (like couch grass) won't be bothered by the fabric and will grow as soon as you uncover them.

If you roughly dig over (and leave clumps) the freezing weather should break your soil up into a nice tilth ready for the spring.  

Green Houses

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:18

Although parafin does produce a lot of condensation

Fish Pond

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:14

Is it a flexible liner?  If not (and if yes so long as you are extra careful - put some old carpet down first to prevent puncturing) you can pile (on one side) rocks/bricks/stones/pebbles to the top to allow mammals and amphibians to get out - kind of like some steps.  This will also give them somewhere to hibernate.  On the outside you can put a rockery or something like it to give a way in if it's higher than the ground.  Keep the vegetation - that is what will attract the amphibians as it will be full of small pond life.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:09

I've given up trying to get rid of it.  I cut it if it gets too big - but now that area is the "natural" (what I really mean is lazy) garden with wildflowers.

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 17:07

I do it Autumn and Spring too.

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