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Jigsaw Gill

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How to clear field

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 19:02

Already have couple of darlek compost bins and several large builders bags of leaf mould in the making also in field. There is still a large area of nettles and also lots of comfrey so I make tea with those.  I have broad beans growing in a bed in the garden already- I have planted The Sutton for the first time. My plans for the new beds are potatoes, prob Charlotte and International Kidney in one bed. I,ve got some Pixie spring cabbage growing in pots also. In the third bed I plan to grow Cobra french beans as they grew well just in my flower borders this year. I thought I may grow greyhound cabbage in the spring . Also somewhere I want to have courgettes and butternut squash. My raised bed in the garden will then be used for salad stuff. I'll see how I get on with that and may clear some more room for other things later,depending how I get on with this.

How to clear field

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 17:20

Well I think I've made good headway with veg plot. I cleared an area of nettles mainly by pulling out and digging after spraying with glyphosphate a few weeks before. I've made 4 beds approx 2m x1 m. I laid layers of cardboard and covered with layers of home made compost &leaf mould  to a depth of about 5-6inches. Haven't got farmyard manure as not been able to locate any yet and I keep hearing comments of possible unwanted chemicals in it. Do you think I need it? Wondered about just adding chicken pellets. The beds are not enclosed as the field actually belongs to our next door neighbour who kindly lets us use it, so I didn't want to do anything permanent. I have just trodden down a soil pathway between the beds. Am wondering if this sounds ok so far or if anything else should be done. Hard work - who needs a gym?

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 21:20

Ok, thank you everyone- job for tomorrow I think.

Planting lily bulbs

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 20:54

I have received lily bulbs today with instructions to plant in horticultural sand. I have a bag of lawn sand and am wondering if this is same or if not, will it be ok to use?

Propogating monardia

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 17:43

Okay I'll leave them in peace then. Thank you both. I'm just chomping at the bit to fill all my borders!

Propogating monardia

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:55

I have grown monardia for the first time this year and noticed quite a few small new shoots at base. I'm wondering wether to divide some of these and plant elsewhere now or if this is wrong time?

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:37

Oh heck - the plot thickens! perhaps a good job the weather forecast not too good to give me time to debate how to tackle this. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:45

Thanks everyone. It's all very interesting and  a bit confusing. Alan, I like the idea of no weed killer and definately no digging, but how long would I need to keep covered and would it be ready to plant potatoes in spring?

How to clear field

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 08:00

Thank you all. Hoping for a decent weekend to get started then. Best stock up on the Weetabix!

How to clear field

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:20

Thank you both for help. WW,-field is too big to tackle all really , but thought I would try as you say a smallish area first. I was also wondering if when I've cleared an area wether to try planting a green manure for a few months or do you think farm yard manure would be better?

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