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Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:05

Orchid lady , yes you are right , I should have qualified it

some beds are not matured , I grow onions , garlic , carrots , parsnips and brassacias in those , then the following year I will cover with manure

I also use bone meal on the beds And of course lime the brassacias 

Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:03

Hello all , I must be lucky because at our allotments we get horse manure delivered free and we just help our selves 

what I and others do is cover the beds after winter digging and then dig it in the spring so far it seems to work well

not thought about storing it in a bin to rot down , think I will give it a try

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:36

Temporary measure I would add some cleaning liquid , we bought some from Anglian Water , called " Refresh" which is made for Rainwater Butts & Storage Tanks

However I do try and clean out the water butts at home  each year which I prefer to using chemicals but may not be possible for everybody

Best of luck

Best buy books!

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 22:23

I agree RHS books are excellent and can be bought relatively cheap from charity shops , personally if you have an Oxfam book shop these are particularly  good also don't forget Libraries  

however somebody mentioned  hands on and I feel that's essential 

best of luck


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:45

Hello , I think bobthegardern  is right in buying a soil testing kit , then decided what to grow

Have you a picture of your potatoes , I have never seen potatoes to growth grow so big ?

Have you thought of growing them in pots/bags to improve yield

best of luck

pea supports

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 21:01

Personally I use sticks/bamboo canes with netting for my peas to grow up on the allotment and it works fine

Just can't get hazel twigs

Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:56

Have you thought about using water retention gel , mixed in with the compost

Best of luck

Brassica collars

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 20:52

Just planted some Savoy cabbage with shop bought collars

wondered if people made there own ? And out of what sort of material ?


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:23

I agree with dovefromabove , regular inspection , personally I knock them into a jar of white spirit but for the last couple of years I have been cleaning the larvae off and the number of beetles  have dropped considerably

best of luck everybody

sowing peas

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:16

I plant my peas in the past in trays but this year I am putting them in guttering in the greenhouse but not on the floor

I do not soak peas or have problems with mice , I do get mice coming into the garage and I have traps permanently set as I live in a semi rural area

best of look

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