Iain R

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Holiday distress

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 23:54

Apart from advice already given you could try some liquid seaweed foliar feed, but as already said if it's dry & crispy then nothing can resurrect them. For future I aregree an auto timer & drip irrigation system is worth it not too expensive now compared to years ago. In greenhouse a tank + capillary matting might help but the recent 30 + outside temps have stressed plants that are well watered let alone those left to fend for themselves. 

It's gonna rain!

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 23:42

Fraid so Iamweedy, you & me both, hope they let you in anyway!

Anyway 2 weeks on & where is the rain now?  After the heatwave of the last week & a bit we could really do with some. Spending all my time watering again!!

Harvested anything yet?

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 23:22

Tried my Swift new spuds. bit small but lovely taste. Slugs are attacking already.

Been picking Asparagus Broad Beans, lettuce rocket Radish & strawbs for a while. Got 2 globe artichokes at the weekend, more to come soon. 

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 11:40

Yes sorry did not really appreciate how serious it was.

As for the lawn, carefully scrape up the thick soil from above the grass then I would use a spring tine or plastic rake to gently go over the whole thing. This will knock down the silt off the grass and level it up, the grass will grow through- on the bright side the silt will probably be quite fertile lets face it the Egyptians used to plant corn after the Nile flooded!!

A bit of a drainage problem

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:45

Ah yeesss!

Might have to wait a few days & hope the rain does stop now. Lift it as soon as you can get to it & put on a shelf in the greenhouse to dry off! 

Reducing size of Walnut tree.

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:39

Good advice above. Walnut trees can become huge so better to keep it in check now. That way it should be possible to contain it while still keeping it looking good and reasonably naturalistic.

It's gonna rain!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:20

Oh keep up will you Hunters are so passe!  One of the posh garden centres near me stopped stocking them 18 Months ago. Their top of the range now is some French brand that start at about £200 quid a time!

On a serious note hope everyone has a good time- we decided it was a bit too far for a day out.

Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:07


You have rumbled me! I was a "Biomedical Scientist" in a former life. I was in the backroom with all the ones in  white coats who were not Doctors.

If the RHS conclusion is that the depletion is negligible then I bow to their research.

The only true example of depletion I have seen was an extreme case where someone had a large heap of woodchip on their plot. When a new tenant came & cleared it the clay underneath was Blue, another plot holder who was even more nerdy than me, did a soil test on a sample and got a negative Nitrogen reading.  I accept that this is only one example and not true research and most importantly the most avid mulcher would not put that depth of woodchip down. It does show  that if you want to compost it properly then you have to do what Hostafan does & layer it with other soft high nitrogen material.

First time allotmenter

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:30

Good luck. I agree clear one or 2 areas & get something in! Nothing wrong with buying a few veg & Tom plants at this stage of year to give you a jump start.  You fellow plot holders may have spare plants. Still time to sow french bean seed The National Allotment Association produces advice leaflets on various aspects of starting a new plot.


Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 13:20

Hostafan - no criticism of you intended you clearly have found what works well for you, & I do not doubt its usefulness. Your woodchip is mixed with other materials, the grass clippings will supply the Nitrogen to aid the composting process- but you know that already I am sure.

Firefly give it a go I am sure it will be fine.

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