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SAVE OUR SEEDS! ...again!!

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 08:01

Thank you Bob, it gives yet another way of responding to the renewed threat of seed regulations. The Garden Organic website doesn't specify any date, and the actions are slightly different from real seeds in that we write to the shadow rapporteurs instead... Now I wrote to all: MEPs and (ghost?) rapporteurs. Thank you for the tip!

SAVE OUR SEEDS! ...again!!

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 08:19

I read on the Garden Organic website that a renewed threat is put on seed production, and hence the Heritage Seed Library. The news can be read here, together with the (easy) steps that each one can take in order to voice his/her discontent if so wished:

Please circulate this as widely as you find it appropriate because it hasn't hit the headlines (yet), and by the time it does (if ever), then it may be too late to act.

rainharvest on polytunnel

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 07:46

Thank you very much BobTheGardener and Pondigger for the first video (I've got two waterbutts, but missing the gutter yet). Both suggestions are very helpful indeed. I'll see (when it stops raining...) what would be more appropriate to my polytunnel.

rainharvest on polytunnel

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 16:03

Can we fit a gutter on a polytunnel as on a greenhouse (see project by Adam Pasco)? My polytunnel has a cover reinforced UPVC (PE) & UVI 150g/sm interwoven, and the frame is made of galvanised 25mm steel tubes. Would anyone have some recommendations/warnings?

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 09:13

thanks all of you for your advice!! I want to improve the bed because the soil dates back from before my arrival and it is very heavy clay. With the "Summer" we had, it often got waterlogged and all except fruit bushes managed to survive. But even they didn't bear much fruit if any at all. So, I want to improve by adding garden compost, coarse grit and sow green manure so to improve it even more. I'll take a few cuttings of my Ben Nevis (good idea! cheers for that!!) and keep fingers crossed for getting an allotment plot for expanding my fruity-veggy wishes: that bed is 4.8 x 1.2 m, and all the things planned to go into it are at risk of overcrowding, hence poor cropping (Bob Flowerdew's "Organic Bible" dixit, £4.99 at "The Works"). Patience...

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 13:48

OK. Will try to be as quiet as I can and hope that my Ben Nevis will be OK. Since it feels as late Fall up here, that may help. Grazie 1000.

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 08:49

I would like to improve a bed where a big blackcurrant is planted. I would like to improve the whole bed, and so for this, I need first to move the bush into a planter so that I can fork, add coarse grit and sow green manure in all the bed. Should I prune the bush before moving, or putting it in a planter and prune it in November. The fruit has long been gone, and the bush is about 4 years old.

advice need for incinerator

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:47

I want to burn the prunings, edge trimming and 2 old big shrubs. Also, weeds, including perennials. I don't use any chemicals, and the wood would come all from natural sources, but possibly damaged, dead or diseased.

Thanks for the advice, I think I will stand it on a metallic big plate for protection below, and on the gravel area (putting away swing seat and all other stuff liable to get damaged by the fire). As for my neighbours, I will make sure that they are not disturbed in any way by the smoke & smell.

advice need for incinerator

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 10:16

I would like some advice for how to make the best and safest use of my first ever incinerator (Wilko Galvanized Taper Incinerator, 90L). I never had any, but I wanted to start making my own fertiliser, after hearing so often that wood ash is good for fruit trees (apples in part.). I also have a tiny backgarden (see from my logo above), with a ca. 3 x 3m patio in natural sandstone between my house and the green area pictured above. For now, I put the incinerator in a shed. So more precisely my questions are: 1. what's best to burn? 2. how much should I fill it for burning safely? and 3. where is the safest place to put it on: slabs, gravel, or other? Thanks for your advice!

swede or weeds?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 08:20

Thanks for all your advice. I'll bear in mind the search for "plant-xyz seedlings". I ran that for "swede" but the images weren't showing what I was looking for. For rounding this mysterious plant query: I pulled them out yesterday, and "Sotongeoff" was correct. There were tiny potatoes beneath the roots! I cannot understand: it's either a compost trouble (B&Q... never again: I had too many problems with it!!!), or else... I'd say a hungry bird who dropped a potato in my garden, as a way to beg for some fish and chips? (weather has been very tough on birds this year).

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Renewed threat on seed regulations 
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pruning damaged plants in wet conditions?

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twine + tits = damage to plants

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leaves of clematis turn grey-silver, though plant looks healthy 
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