Flourishing Fairy

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coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 19:37

Hi all,  Whats the consensus on coffee grounds being mixed into seived compost from last year to use to grown veg? I have a container garden, as I have no healthy soil ( japanese Knott weed under plastic membrane and then pebbles on top.) thanks



Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:31

Im new to gardening, and feel like I found my calling.... slight problem. I planted my brocolli in seed modules ( can remember if it was supposed to be one seed per module! anyhow loads have come up so I have the answer! I thought to thin them out like the good book says and so I did and they have wilted and shriveled and look very unwell. Im loath to thin the others, but there are loads in each module  about 10). q: could I plan them in the ground as groups or do I need to thin them?


any good advice accepted.

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:26

Well well well! hello all. I had a baptism of fire with slugs last year! I was shocked at how fast they can move and how much they can eat in one sitting! I had three corgette plants in a growbag on the ground WRONG!... They clean bit major holes in all the corgetees!... its was so funny then it got fustrating.... I couldnt believe that these fat slimy things could eat so! ( I have the fat black variety with the ridges on their backs) . I found myself on slug patrol most evening at dusk with torch, scissors and a jam jar with LID! ..... all good fun I must say.... ;0)   Lesson properly Learned. Now I have a old divan bed frame and a planter on top of that...... and copper around the legs.... If they eat this year.... Ill eat my hat!! ;0)

Talkback: How to grow mushrooms

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:24

please tell us how to grow mushrooms. ( the button variety) pls...!!!

I found something on the web which said, a cellar, garage or shed,

Does it have to be dark for them?

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:16

hello again,

I wonder if anyone can give some advice. I have a long 'Brighton beach' garden ( lots of small pebbles. This covers a dark secret of Japanease knott weed which developed in the garden some years ago. My dad has dealt with it ( and its worked as it not long billows up each summer) by:

1. laying a layer of thick sheet plastic on top

2. putting the pebbles on top.

Now: I want to build some raised beds, the plant veg. I have built 2   3ft x3ft boxes ( no base and these sit on the pebbles. 

Question is:

How do I ensure good drainage before filling the boxes with soil b4 planting?

Could i clear 4 spaces amonsgt the pebbles and cut holes in for drainage or should i just puncture the plastic in several places?

what do you think?

many thanks

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:06

hi all,

sorry to be a little slow, but where are the instructions for the raised beds that you are all talking about.


Talkback: How to grow potatoes in a bag

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 14:58

hello all, like Ken im new to getting greenfingered, and am excited. Ive made a attemtp with some maris pipers in a laundry ( breathable) bag which is outside. It has good compost and about 10 spuds around the circumsference. Its been a couple of weeks now and nothing is popping up. I did some research and saw that chitting the potatoes ( letting them grow 'eyes' was helpful, but had planted them already. Could this be the reason they are not showing or am i being too impatient?


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