Latest posts by nin

Filling raised beds

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 21:58

I built ten raised beds three years ago, and would of needed lots of compost to fill them all as it was i got through 5 cubic yards. My largest beds are all on soil so only barely half filled still.

The beds on concrete are all filled to the top.

I intend to fill all the beds this year and after searching freecycle and such like have found a huge pile of well rotted horse manure 3 years plus old for free.

My beds have all been filled apart from the initial 5 bags for free from various boards. I have in fact built the beds for free from scaffold boards and decking found on the various free web boards. You never know when somebody two roads away will be digging out a pond or an extension and advertise for someone to take away all the soil you need.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:38

pansyface I think a bit of dog licking would work very well unfortunately no dog maybe the neighbours cat would do horrible thing keeps killing birds in my garden


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:45

On the subject of courgettes my green and yellow ones are all at different stages (staggered planting) and doing good some with fruit some about to.

But my earliest planted patti pan squash (yellow ones) are huge plants massive leaves and no fruit to show for it has anybody else any experience with these ?


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:42

First courgettes of the year pan fried with a little garlic and olive oil.

second courgettes Tempura and some sweet chilli dip or tzatziki.

Rest of them in everything and everything.

not enough bees

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:14

I have heard that white flowering beans work better for pollination, always wondered if thats true why we tend to grow red flowering beans ?

There is a runner that has a two toned flower red and white maybe its the one to grow.

If it helps I am not growing runners this year but last year had so many bees that the weight of bees on the flowers they were pulling the flowers off, its the other end of the spectrum.

Winter Veg Growing

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:08

I grew salald and spinach in the raised bed next to the house last winter. There are a few good winter salads like tatsoi. I did however have issues with baby slugs due to the mild winter and my salad being about the only soft leaves in the garden.

I also did spring onions over winter which came up quickly in the spring for picking. Broad beans are great planted in September /October and picked in April. Not really winter but over winter.

If you have a greenhouse why not try new potatoes for Christmas day,its a bit hit and miss but good fun if it works.



Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:00

I have lots of current and cherry tom plants  in front garden tons of flowers and green tomatoes not one red one yet. Weather has been unkind here very windy and my cordon tomatoes in front and rear garden are very stocky really thick stems and only a few flowers. I am in herts on the border of Beds and Middlesex and its not been very sunny just cloudy and windy.

I am sure this time last year my first beef tom was looking like ripening. All mine are out doors.

Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:53

Swarfega in the shower that could be most uncomfortable !!!!

What type of apple tree is this?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:38

wow thats brilliant growing an apple from the seed.

Does anybody remember the tv series not sure if it was Percy Thrower it was called  I think growing things from pips and seeds. wish they would re show it.

whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:32

What ever they are, they are near the gate and the kids (mainly) and I (sometimes) just stop and pick on the way in and out of the garden. Not many if any will ever make it to bowls, planted them there for lads to nibble and they do!

I love having fruit and tomatoes by all the doors and gates to be picked at by the boys, veggie patch is off limits thats food for the kitchen.

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white bits in very very well rotted horse manure

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Poo, top soil and compost.

so hard to get and so expensive help 
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just had 80 large plugs arrive how long will they hold for

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Grew these last year, every body who tried them wants plants 
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But what to do with my trees that are coming down soon 
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Partial shade - what is this ?

perenial border  
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Slug and Snail slime

whats the best way to get it off your hands? 
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whats the difference between loganberry and tayberry.

I have both and only one is fruiting 
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Mini Munch Tomatoes

Has anybody grown this mini tomato plant 
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