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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:40

Hi Victoria, buying manure from a garden centre is easy but expensive especially as you have a fairly large plot.  If you call in at a local stable yard and ask if you can help yourself to muck, most are more than happy to let you as  they need to get rid of it. Its hard work to dig out, but some stables bag it up ready  to sell. Some gardeners come to our yard for muck and bring bags of carrots for the horses in exchange! Take your own bags (compost bags are good) or ask the people at the stables if they have any feed bags going spare (thats what I use).

Make sure its the really black stuff under the fresh manure as that will be the most rotted.

You should find your worm population increase and the soil much easier to dig.

Good luck

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Posted: 02/03/2015 at 10:07

Well done Victoria, I hope your back does'nt ache too much!! Would recommend getting as much organic material dug in ie well rotted horse manure to break up the clay.

Had an hour or so yesterday at my plot, got some more muck down on one of the beds and topped up my paths with wood chippings, got soaked in a rain storm

Sowed aubergines and cucumbers yesterday. Peppers are up and growing and the leeks are now in the greenhouse. Will do some more sowing tonight.


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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:43

3rd delivery this winter GG, we are on wet clay and the paths quickly deteriorate, plus we have some new people a couple of plots along who look like they could do with some!!


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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 09:43

Made me snigger too Fruitcake lol.

Emailed our local tree surgeons for another drop off of bark earlier this week, and hey presto, it arrived yesterday.  

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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:30

 Thanks GG

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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 14:51

Good find GG are they in Aldi's now?

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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 11:38

Had a quick look Woo (this thread has been going on such a long time, I'd forgotton, sorry!) It looks lovely, good luck with the new greenhouse!

Yep, cant wait for the poly tunnel to go up, will have a go at the weekend if I get time and the weather is not too foul

Just discovered Carol Klein's series on grow your own veg on Youtube, any one else seen it?

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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:10

Woo, I think we would all love to see a photo of your village allotment garden, sounds lovely.

Got some freebies off a local farm on Wednesday (its being demolished) a few lengths of plumbers pipe to make cloche hoops and a roll of chicken wire which I can use for growing peas up. I do love a freebie


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Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:12

I grew aubergines once, they were very small. I do eat them a lot as Baba Ghanoush (middle eastern dip) Roast them for 1/2 hr in their skins and mash them up with sesame paste , lemon juice and garlic.  Yumm Bit like a smoky hummus.

Woo, I use the heated propagator for anything seedlings, nothing specific.

Poly tunnel arrived today so need to shift a few things around to  fit it in. I have a small raised bed to go in and some of the shelves from my wind wrecked walk in greenhouse. Happy days!!

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Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:36

me too, never give up

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