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Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 20:35

I have a plot ready to have manure and dug it in

However a friend has said that it could be better to just rough dig the plot now and leave the frost , cold and rain to break down the blocks and so expose the roots of the weeds and thereby kill them off

He says if I add the manure now I will just have bigger weed roots for the spring

Advice and thoughts please friends


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 17:34

A friend is suggesting I buy a greenhouse

I have a half plot allotment and a small veg garden at home

? Any thoughts please friends

Blood Fish and Bone``

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 10:39

I am building a second Raised Bed from scaff boards and it will be 4 foot by 4 foot and this time I am making it 2 foot 3 inches deep

? What veg can I grow that would benefit from the greater depth

I know there are some variety of carrots that enjoy stretching their roots !

Blood Fish and Bone``

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 10:13

I have just sown some seeds in a raised bed that has only had its compost in it for 1 season

I grew carrots , beetroot and parsnips in it

Is it OK to sprinkle BFB onto the surface AFTER I have sown some broad beans , beetroot and winter lettuce

Talkback: How to improve soil with green manure

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 10:37

Just sown 2 types on one of the 3 plots I have in rotation

There are lots of children on the plot and I have sown one type of GM in the shape of a heart and the rest around it with another type so it should be fun in a few months 

They love the Pirates Flag next to the shed and ask if they are in or out at sea 

Coriander Seeds - How Many is Thinly ?

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 14:21

I have a packet of coriander seeds containing 300 seeds and it says quite vaguely

" Sow thinly , cover lightly with compost "

? What size pot

? How many seeds in each

? Do I really need compost

Hope you can assist friends

Building New Raised Bed

Posted: 11/09/2015 at 13:42

I want it because the soil in that part of the total plot is part clay and instead of adding grit , gypsum and lots of manure I prefer to fill the area with better soil so the plants can have a better chance of producing better crops

I sowed carrots , beetroot , garlic and some parsnips and all flourished apart from the parsnips which have a low take rate

I am in general against the " modern craze " of raised beds but as this will only be a about 1/8 th of the total plot I thought I would experiment and see how I can change a low production area to high demsity producing area like I did last year

You say you have hard clay and a depth of 2" of compost

I would be interested to hear more about this process and which plants / vegs grow well


Herbs - Pots or In The Soil

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 13:55

TV - Chanel 8 - Made In Bristol............There is a gardening program called Gaz in The Garden which is helpful and very funny for the awkwardness of the presenters

John the expert suggested that you can place 2 or 3 different herbs in the same 12 " wide pot so they can be grown inside 

I can do this but is it better to plant out doors if at all possible

? What effect does being in pots have on the growth and flavour of "being indoors " please

I have an allotment and a back garden as options

I have bought Thyme , Rosemary and Sage in pots and different ones as seeds for sowing in the new year

When to stop picking rhubarb

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 13:31

Thanks Dove

When to stop picking rhubarb

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 12:21

This is what RHS says

The last harvest is usually in late summer, around July or August, though growth may have stopped before this if the weather is very hot. 

I have 3 plants and there are still some 4 healthy sticks on each

? Is it too late to pull them

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LEYCESTERIA FORMOSA -Himalayan Honeysuckle

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Which Green Manures

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Manuring & Winter Digging

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Pro and Cons 
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Blood Fish and Bone``

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Coriander Seeds - How Many is Thinly ?

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Herbs - Pots or In The Soil

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When to stop picking rhubarb

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Growing On Shallots & Garlic

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Last Post: 31/08/2015 at 22:53

Building New Raised Bed

What to fill it with 
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Last Post: 15/11/2015 at 17:52

Fruit Growing On Potatoe Stalks

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Last Post: 31/08/2015 at 21:11

Ponds - When to Clean it Out

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Last Post: 29/08/2015 at 10:36

Manure-Lime-BFB-Gypsum-Green manure

When does the value run out 
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