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Compost help

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 13:53

As a fairly new gardener, I left my garden for a year so that I could see what was planted in it.

What took me quite a long time to get the hang of is how to compost, and for over a year I have been throwing uncooked kitchen waste on the heap along with almost everything I cut out of the garden, ie no "brown" waste, and the heap has never as far as I know got hot, or 'cooked'.

The result of the leave-it-and-see gambit was that I experienced an absolute infestation of dandelions and what I now know to be green alkanets, all of which have gone on the heap.

Apart from being in need of a good source of failsafe advice on how to compost, my question is: can I use what I have got? It's all rotted down and so on but is it now too rich for my plants? And will it not just increase my supply of green alkanets? I definitely have more than enough of those.

If I have just created an unusable heap, is there anything I can do to it to make it usable?

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:37

Thank you! " Clean air"  is not the first thing that springs to mind when I think of the garden so this is something of a surprise.

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:29

That's a great relief, thank you very much. Why is it a good sign?

Mulberry Mould

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:17

Hello, I have a very old mulberry tree with blueish mould on a few parts of the trunk. Last summer it gave a big healthy crop. SHould I be concerned about the mould? I have attached a photo of the trunk.


Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:44

Verdun thank you so much, that is all very encouraging and most useful. I understand about not replanting, but it's definitely the right plant for that place.

As to the type of sedge, I'm afraid I have no idea. It's not sword - the leaves are much thinner and finer - but it looks a bit like it. A muddy green colour, brownish towards the tips. Does this help?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:31

Thank you, Welshonion. I am not a well-educated gardener, so please excuse the naivety of these questions - but can you combat that by lining the hole with some fish and blood mix or some horse manure or something?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:32

Thank you for your response, Verdun. That's a bit of a shame - the sedges look very good there all together. Is there something I can do to undo this? Can I dig up and divide again (the base of the grass is very solid - the whole plant out of the ground has a kind of hourglass shape). Why shouldn't you plant a similar plant in the same hole?

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:04

There are a few groups of large clumps of sedge in my garden, and in one particular spot one of the older (are they called "heads" of?) grasses got dug up, leaving a very large hole. 

I dug up some sedge from another part of the garden and moved it to the hole, where it died a slow death. Another smaller piece I moved took root and is now fully in place.

Recently a much larger piece of the grass (About 80cm diameter) was not needed, so I dug that up and put it in the bare patch, which it completely filled. However, I can already see the ends of the grass going steadily whiter and I am afraid it might die there, too- why is this? And can I stop it from happening?

Suckers - how to deal with them?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 17:51

Thanks so much. Can I cut them off now? Or do I have to wait until next winter?

Suckers - how to deal with them?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:37

Thanks very much for this, Edd.


They're not all coming from one root - more like three or four. This has obviously been going on for some time - there is evidence of at least 20 stumps of suckers that have been chopped off. But the roots they come from are very thick - about 2 inches in diameter. They're all around the North side of the tree. If I just chop them down flush with the roots will that help the tree to fruit and flower?

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