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Posted: 30/03/2014 at 12:09

Many thanks for all replies re horse manure/wood shavings. I shall go ahead as soon as possible and stock up in my composting bins. Keep up the good work, I shall continue to watch the forum with interest. Thanks again.



Posted: 28/03/2014 at 20:09

I have recently been offered any amounts of horse manure but this does contain some wood shavings As bedding down material. Is this mix likely to be of any value considering the shavings if used as is, or should it be composted for possibly a year first. Any wistful advice welcome. Many thanks in anticipation.

Greenhouse heating.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:33



Soil warming cables

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:09

Hope to renew my soil warming cable and thermostat in a home made bench top propagation case measuring 8'x2'. Can anyone offer advice on which brand to look for based on their past experience and findings both for durability and temperature accuracy etc. Any advice most welcome and thanks in advance for any replies.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 18:57

Because parsnips require a long growing season and need to be sown early when soil is I still quite cold I chit the seed on kitchen roll paper kept permanently moist. As soon as the seed germinates I set them on edge into a seedbed already warmed a little by covering with polythene over hoops. By using this method the seeds have a good beginning and are less likely to rot in the cold soil. The cover is only removed when plants are growing strongly.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 10:11

Daydaisy is correct in saying that agapanthus are happiest when root growth is restricted. If repotting is necessary only increase pot size by next size up and yes give the usual regular feeding of comfrey or tomato fertilisers. I can not explain this theory of root restriction if growing in open soil.



No dig gardening

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 16:55

Thanks obelixx, advice heeded and encouragement gained, I'm sure my "out of date" retired nursing sister will tie me down, she of the past matronly type.

No dig gardening

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 15:44

Thanks obelixx, watch this space.

No dig gardening

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 09:31

Am greatly encouraged by your varied advice and experiences and look forward to putting them into practice hopefully. Back op next month? Thanks and best regards to all correspondents.

No dig gardening

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 09:24

Thanks everyone for comments and suggestions so far, very much appreciated. I look forward to any further comments, suggestions and advice.

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Raspberries from seed

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Germination problems

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Manure/wood shavings 
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Greenhouse heating.

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No dig gardening

Back problem 
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Parsnip problem

Parsnip canker? 
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Leek problems

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