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Building New Raised Bed

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 13:43

I now have a raised bed 4 foot x 4 foot by 2 foot 3 inches tall with layers from the top down

12 inches of top soil

3 inches of well rotted and non smelly manure

12 inches of top soil

4 inches of manure

6 inches of top soil

6 inches of manure

2 inchs of gravel and medium stones for drainage

bare soil below the RB....a bit of clay

Loads of red wriggly worms working hard already

Looking to grow several varieties of carrots parsnips beetroots courgettes


LEYCESTERIA FORMOSA -Himalayan Honeysuckle

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 12:48

? I can sow in 6 inch pots and should I leave them in the conservatory or outside NC


LEYCESTERIA FORMOSA -Himalayan Honeysuckle

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 10:38

I have grown the above from seed 3 years ago and now would like to know when to take the seeds from the existing plant and whether you store them till Spring or plant them now and how please

Wind Brakes & Joy Larkcom

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 11:36

In her book she says

"Research has shown that sheltering vegetables from even light winds can increase their yields by up to 30%

My Allotment suffers a bit from a SW wind 

? Any thoughts or experiences please

Successional Planting - Follow On Crops

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 17:00

That is one good idea Bob....many thanks

Successional Planting - Follow On Crops

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:14

I have heard these expressions used by people and on websites

I want to have an allotment which has some veg that grow on after one another and "give some  interest " for as much of the year as possible

I have tried some veg that occupy the soil for 10 or 11 months of the year which to me is OK but a bit boring

I would rather have a plot being changed as much during the year as possible whilst also following a rotatoion

I have divided my allotment into 3 areas of 14 foot x 14 foot and next season growing ROOTS  BRASSICAS  OTHERS as general headings

I would appreciate any experiences you have had with crops that be grown in each area after each other and not occupy the areas for long period of time

I appreciate this is after the best of all worlds but after 4 years I now know what I want from my hard work and soil !


Which Green Manures

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:54

I have used GM successfully over the last few years to cover areas that are not being used to stop weed spread and enrich the soil after digging in

My fellow allotmenteer has said that there are different types of GM plants and I should take into account what veg I will be sowing after I have cut down and dug in the GM as some veg don't like some types of GM

Comments please


Posted: 25/10/2015 at 10:51

Its for my back garden and I am a bit restricted for space with a 6 foot tall fence and a shady tree

I can move my strawberries and stick it in a different spot out in the open with good light 

I would then have a slab path to two sides so that would be good

The earth is good and would produce well


Manuring & Winter Digging

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 10:41

Th manure does not smell and is well rotted with some lovely red worms

I have worked the plot for 4 years and it was worked up till 6 months before I took it on

The total plot is in 3 areas for rotation

This area 14 foot x 14 foot is the heaviest with traces of clay just below a spades depth

Its trhe last one at the bottom of a slope but does drain fairly well

Apologies........I was not clear

The thrust of the original question was whether the manure added now would make the inbedded weeds stronger and more prolific so that when I come to sow in Feb the weeds would be more of a problem

I have as usual taken on board all of the other advice

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

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