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Posted: 11/08/2013 at 09:02

Kindle playing up. Offer at  hayloft  plants for  hellebore Ellen doubles I think I will go for. They should go nicely in the raised bed under the oak tree.,backed up by lots of foxgloves.

Compost heaps to turn today. Busy,busy,busy.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 08:57

Morning all, I googled hellebore hantay and the websites were all French, but describe it as caramel coloured.  Shame  because I really want that yellow one. There is an offer on Hal


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 23:18

I netted the brassicas to keep the pigeons off, but the butterflies wiggle through the netting.  Next year I think I am going to make some moveable cages out of enviromesh


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 23:10

High enough raised beds require a lot of making, cost and timewise,  and a lot of filling. I agree with welshonion. I doubt that many people in a wheelchair could lean over 3ft to weed.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:52

Use comfrey as a liquid feed. You could incorporate chopped up leaves in the compost when you prepare the beds for next year.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:32

I've never done double digging.  Too much like hard work. Unless you have a solid clay layer, I wouldn't bother. It sounds like you have hungry sandy soil. Get loads of well rotted farm yard manure on bed 1 of 4, Leave it for the winter and then grow taters in it. add fertiliser/ garden compost  to bed 2 , grow beans.  bed 3 grow brassicas and salad veg. After you lift the potatoes, lay compost on the surface of bed 1. Let the worms do the work in the winter.

The following year grow beans in bed 1 , brassicas in bed 2, add FYM to bed 3 and grow potatoes.

Year 3  brassicas bed 1 FYM (pots) bed 2  and beans bed 3.

 So every third year one of the beds gets a load of fibre to build up fertility and retain water.  After about 6 years, the soil level will have gone up, and you will only need to fork it over. No double digging needed unless you get a "pan" of soil a foot down.



Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:17

There will probably be lots of seeds in the soil after you have forked out the yellow roots. When they germinate, you can hoe them off.

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:14

I think that so long as you don't eat it you should  be OK


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:11

Berghill, don't you mean weedkiller?. Insecticides kill insects.


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:09


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