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Soil Bourne pests

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 15:22

Has anyone used the Nematode treatment to combat a slugs, snails and weevils problem within their garden soil ?. If so how successful was it and is it worth the expense. Maybe a strong diluted drench of Jeyes Fluid might solve the same problem. Any advice would be welcome.

Serious reminder folks....

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 21:54

The gardeners boy is correct, spring forward in Spring fall back in the Fall. That means one our less sleep On the day. But rest assured it is for one night only.

it rather reminds me of my working life when one of my staff said he hated Monday's, I said ok fine, take Monday off and start Tuesday if it makes you feel better. 

The complaint was never raised again.


update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:12

Tea bags soaked in dilute Jeyes Fluid sounds feasable judging by all the replies. On a lighter note I watched a cat dig a hole, do its business in the hole and then fill it in.


Manure or something else?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 06:35

Morning Helcatt. How fortunate you are to have a nearby supply of farmyard cow manure. You cannot get anything much better, but as punkdoc suggests it should be composted for 6-9 months. I also overlay fresh manure on some beds in late autumn and then work in in the Spring. A word of warning here, do not use fresh manure on root crop beds or you will get distorted veggies. 


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 16:31

Hi Ashdale. You mentioned planting in grow bags. Can I refer you to my blog of yesterday regarding growing in pots. If you can provide a totally frost free environment then plant up now and grow on in your greenhouse then lift outside into controlled shelter later, they should be growing well by then.  Planting into outdoor soil in March can still be risky, at least you can cover more easily in an unheated greenhouse.


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:51

My method is to buy now and chit on egg trays. When shoots are about 2 cm long I plant into pots on a 5 cm bed of multipurpose compost then cover with same. As the shoots grow through each layer of  compost just keep adding more until pot is full. The pots I use  are the black supermarket used flower tubs, sold off cheaply at about 10-12 for .99p. (Morrisons). They are about 3 ltr size. I bought my Foremost seed potatoes yesterday, they are set up now and I usually pot up late February/early March and will take a crop of pigeon egg size tubers after 70 days. I must a add they are grown in an Unheated greenhouse before setting out under tempory covers of fleece and polythene in late May. I have been using this method for 40 plus years and it has never failed me. Try it, you shouldn't be disappointe.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:33

Many thanks to all correspondents, your advice input has given me food for thought. Happy gardening everyone.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:39

Which make of propane gas heater would fellow enthusiaststs recommend. I anticipate heating a 12x8 size wooden greenhouse to be frost free only but with the potential to have increased heating capacity using bubble type insulation. Any experienced advice  would be most welcome.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:54

Warning all--- you may find my suggestion disgusting. The only accelerant I use on the compost heap is urea, very easily obtained in human urine and is in constant supply. It may even deter rats?

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:45

Hi Billy Goat. My method was included in a reply to a thread raised by Snowathlete on 31/10/14 Maybe you can look back to it? You do not need pots of greater size unless you wish to grow main crop. I have only ever used the black flower tubs bought from supermarkets 99p for about 15, they don't come much cheaper than that and can last a few years. These are the flower buckets delivered to supermarkets containing water and sold off as "used".

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