Latest posts by figrat

Composter advice

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 16:38
If you have the space, I'd go for 2 containers, so you've got 1 being filled and the other rotting down/ ready to go. In fact I've got 3, one being filled up, one rotting down and one with rotted stuff ready for use. But I an fortunate in having a place where they can go which doesn't impede on my garden space as they are not things of beauty. There are alternatives to the dalek bins, a lot of people favour wooden ones, and if you can get hold of Alys Fowler's 'The Thrifty Gardener', she has instructions for making wooden ones which look like beehives- in fact if you do a google search you will probably find loads of ideas. I tried a wormery once, but didn't really get on with it, and even though I have had a couple of problems with rodents over the years, I find that giving the bins a hefty kick as I pass, and encouraging visitors to do likewise, they haven't returned. Kate's point of how much waste you will be able to source/ generate is also worth taking into consideration.

What can I Sow now in my raised bed?

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 09:06
If you have any empty space you could also consider sowing one of the overwintering green manures which can be dug in next spring in time for next year's crops.

Fork Handles

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 16:35
Well been out in the garden. And spent an hour or so in the deckchair in the sunshine reading a book. Decided the weeding can wait for a day! All excited, new Dr Who series this evening.

Fork Handles

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 14:32
First is a shield beetle, second probably flea beetle.

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Posted: 01/09/2012 at 14:20
Took Bloke out for full English which we had on a table outside in the sunshine. Almost felt continental! He's got his arm in a sling contraption so I had to cut up his sausages and bacon. Going to be a long couple of weeks...fortunately my car's automatic so he should be able to drive that, which leaves me with the huge 4WD truck. Hey ho. @ insomnia - I harvested a couple of kilos of teeny spuds from plants which must have grown from my compost, I never planted them! I just left them to it, didn't do any of that earthing up if I tried to grow them I'd fuss too much.

Fork Handles

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 13:18
No telly last night, Bloke fell off trestle when plastering ceiling in his new extension and dislocated his shoulder. So a few hours in real life Casualty.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 13:13
You certainly don't have to be fiddly! Remember farmers use them, and they're not going to scrabble round fields with dibbers. I get rid of weeds etc, level off area, with a rake. Then I broadcast the seed ( very satisfying). Then rake over again lightly, water if needed and leave them to it. If you google green manure, there is a very good site, I'll see if I can find it later. Generally the seed advice comes as x grams/square meter rather than 3 cm apart.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 09:03
@Kentish you have an agricultural merchant/ farm store near you? I'm lucky enough to have one here; they do a wide range of green manure seeds, which all come in vast packets as farmers use them in their fields, rather than most of us with our domestic plots. I'm going to try rye grass and clover this winter. I also use mustard during the main growing season when there's a patch of bare soil - it comes up very quickly. Phacelia is very pretty, I let some flower and the bees adore it.

hellp me identify this plant

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 19:57
Himalayan balsam. Not good news I'm same for more info.

What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 19:51
Well I can say it's not spiders and it's usually the grubs of vine weevils that do most damage, and that is to the roots, not leaves. Think the most likely culprit is slugs/snails. They've had a bumper season this year.

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