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Manure or something else?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:00

Lol! No problem Bekkie!! 


Manure or something else?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 11:48

Me too - thanks to Bekkie and Frank.  Now I want a Hot Bed!  Have to build some raised beds first tho' - which means I should really think about getting some terraces is my sloping garden...  And start a composting area...  the 'to-do' list grows!

The Beechgrove Hot Bed episode can be found here if anyone wants to check it out:


BBC2, Episode 4, Release date: 22 Apr 2014 and it's back on in Spring at some point

Manure or something else?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 09:45

This is brilliant - thank you for your advice! I think it's worth having a chat with the farmer by the sounds of it!!  Do I just keep it all in a big pile to compost it or should I be layering it with other stuff too?  Will it work if I just create a big pile (I think it's mostly mixed with straw anyway from the cows feed/bedding).

Think I need to go and find out what a 'hot bed' is too...

Manure or something else?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 21:19
I have some new beds to make (veggie and cut flower) and I need to improve the soil but don't have much in the way of home made compost yet. We have cow barns at the bottom of our track is it something I can use to improve the soil (perhaps after a period of composting?). Or am I better off buying something in? I'm going to need lots over the next year or two for further projects. There's just such a bewildering choice and some are so expensive (??120+ per dumpy bag)!

Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:27

Family discussion here - we think Holly

Looking for plant suggestions

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 16:47
Salino's suggestion of Sambucus (Elder) gets my vote! I love the scent and making Elderflower cordial in May. You can use the berries to make things too. I've planted the purple type with the pink flowers so we can make Pink Elderflower Champagne! The flowers are amazing in strawberry jam too!

Talkback: Bees and pesticides

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 16:38
Certainly would be a different world without bees. The experts reckon we'd have about three years before most of us would starve!

Broccoli problem

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 16:28
Yeah, I agree - it does look like kale! Does Broccoli get that big?

should it be in leaf yet?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 10:50
You could always have a dig about and see if there are any shoots coming off the roots. This would be the right time to divide them anyway so you wouldn't be doing any harm.


Posted: 20/04/2013 at 10:44
Where are they? Sounds like sun scorch to me - shocking though it may be, when the sun does come out it is intense for small plants. If you think it could be that then Keep them in a bright spot but not in all day direct sunlight. Don't remove the leaves. They should recover.
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Manure or something else?

Cow manure, soil improver, mushroom compost which is best? 
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Potting on or Planting out?

Will those plugs be OK to go out? 
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