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Smellie Shrubs & Plants Please

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 16:48

I have just taken over a small garden at the local mental health patients ward and the staff nurse wants a "sensory area " to assist in the day patients progress so I would like your help please to suggest what to plant

I have so far saved / grown on

Lavender twig

Ordinary mint

Tashkent mint



Its only a small area but there is a larger garden nearby for me to tame once I have experimented on this one

Help please friends

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 08:43

The manure does not smell and falls apart well and looks "OK " so I feel after all your info that they may have done their work where ever the manure was stored and moved on

? Does that mean they would have taken all of the goodness down into the soil where it was before coming to me

This is not important really as Im not going to ask him to take it back !

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:32

Thanks both


Thats an interesting thought about the horse being infected

I do volly work at a stables so I will ask the chap on Thursday

I hope they are brandling worms that will move the goodness down into the soil

Horse Manure & Worms

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:49

I have had 2 previous deliveries of HM that had the little red worms in it

My latest delivery has none

? Is this a disadvantage.....have they already done their work

Assistance please friends

Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:56

Ive just shown a 6 year old girl ( with her Mum in attendance )  the difference between a brandling worm and the normal ones and how one goes up and down and one goes sideways and what is in horse manure and where slugs live and etc etc !!

The look of wonder on her face was very pleasing for me and it maybe that that has a lasting affect (effect ? ) on her future

Anyone of us could have had that F2F so Im not boasting

She now knows that not all vegetables are grown in supermarkets

I hated gardening until I retired and thankfully make different mistakes every year.

Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:38

My friend had a mental health "issue " some three years ago and says it was the only thing that kept him alive and helped him to combat the NHS drugs he was given . He took himself off them and is 98% better by "using" the allotment as a stability device in crude terms

I work with educational adults all day on a Wednesday as below and it gradually helps us to "draw them out " of themselves over a period of months

When one of the young adults recently started a conversation it was excitedly but  quietly passed all around the group in minutes

Such pleasure to us and of course starts / assists them back into society.

No mobile phones .or interweb or TV any where to be seen Just soil green plants and smelly manure !!

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:29

Good point nutcutlet and I will bear that in mind in future

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:22

I was intrigued by it as all the other spiders run away and hide and this one gripped the stem of the mint and I had to cut the steam and carefully liberate it as well but this time into the safety of the hedge.

I was not sure if it was predatory to bees as I have a bee hotel nearby.

Yes it is all part of life and beautiful in its own right Ladybird and Nut

Another beautiful sight was watching our allotment sparrow hawk launch itself from a tall tree and disappear to get its breakfast further down the plots...amazing

Raised beds

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 16:14

Funky Cat 1

I dont think that top soil will depreciate over a few months as it should have been "grown " and sieved by the producer.

Call the supplier and if they give you a satisfactory response about the quality then you can make an informed decision

The soil I bought was slightly orangery red in colour and was free of all stones and organic material

I made a RB 2 years ago and added compost from our allotment and it sank by 50% in a year and I am just adding 20 bags of TS next week

I made another RB 1 year ago and added alternate layers of horse manure and new top soil from the GC. Its 30 inches deep

I sowed beetroot and parsnips and carrots and they have all done well

20 " long parsnips by end of July and loads of carrots all straight and free from carrot fly

good luck FC

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 15:59

Found one of these on a mint plant attached to a bee which I liberated.

Orrible looking thing !!

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