Nanny gardener

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Dry raised beds

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 22:21

Well yes I could and that is the conclusion I came to.

Think it will have to wait until the autumn now as I have garlic, rhubarb and now courgettes planted. shall just have to water a lot

Dry raised beds

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 13:57

Well it is about 4ft from a beech hedge and I did wonder if that was the culprit

Dry raised beds

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 07:16

OK here's a question.

Mr raised beds made from railway sleepers, so quite deep, have soil that is as dry as dust. Over the last 4 years or so I have done all the things we are supposed to do: added home made compost, bags of compost, bags of manure and yet it still resembles a desert. This is probably why nothing really thrives very well.

Yesterday I dug down for the first time in ages having followed the 'no dig' policy, and found a think mat of roots. I think they are ground elder. Got out as much as I could - tricky around the garlic. Could these roots be part of the problem?

Any suggestions would be very welcome for getting some moisture retention.

Peat free compost

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 07:27

I also use Jacks Magic. Good stuff. Crumbly and with good moisture retention. Also got some Durstons grow bags from my milkman last year and the Toms did well. Usually mix up garden compoist with MP and some John Innes to cover all bases! May try a couple of peat free bags mixed in this year but why is PF more expensive?

My Runner Beans Keep Dying HELP !!

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 09:37
I too struggle with beans and this year the dratted black fly have just covered them. It is very disheartening ????

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:55
JM is peat based I'm afraid. I try to mix non peat with peat to reduce but have not yet gone fully non P.

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:40
Jack's Magic apparently made by Westland. Fine, crumbly and everything grows well. This year however following GW mag trial I am going to use grow bags and see if I get the same results.

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:32

Carol Klein covered overwintering of Cannas & Dahlias on GW last Friday. Very helpful advice as always

Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:31

Here we go again

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:42
Thank you very much Jim. I shall hold back from any drastic action and possibly be out with a feather duster in spring!
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