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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 22:40

Lucky you posh, I hung the washing out under clear blue sky jumped in the car down the back lane and crash, wipers on fast as down it came, too late to go back.
Back to perfect weather and clothes sodden, back in the spin and out again but now in airing cupboard still damp. Any one looking into my car would wonder why it was full of blue air?
Got rid of the Crocosmia that had run rampant yesterday and found plants I did not know I had, the bushes, that is the none winter flowering ones got a hair cut and the lawns will get one tomorrow or Thursday.
The green house is now clear as the few tomato's left would not ripen on the vine but will still be used. Time for those bulbs to go in and now plenty of room for them.



Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:43

Peat Ballan, if you have straw in it then it is not rotted down and not ready to put on the garden.
Well rotted manure is crumbly in the hand and sweet smelling and that is after one or two years depending on the size of the heap and heat generated.
Mix it in with your normal compost in thin layers, it will lift the heat in the pile and give some nice compost in a few months time, then put it on the garden.
Do not recommend sucking it but you can tell by the feel and smell, makes your sandwiches taste better, well we could not wash our hands in the fields could we.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:40

Stockton sunny and clear says the box
Nearly, a long white cloud like a silver fox
Reclining lazily in the sky so blue
Box what you say is nearly true.

Well it must get it right sometimes I suppose. A breakfast of porridge and fruit, tea and pills and ready for off, Alfy is laid on my feet so it looks as if he comes with me, he can pay in Tospots then.


old compost

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:33

I have an old plastic bin with lid that stands in a very hot corner near the garage (aka my potting shed). All old pots are emptied into the barrow until I have a heap then with a spade and fork knock back to soil, riddle the roots out with a large riddle and the soil then goes in the bin with a hand full of fertiliser and a wave over with the watering can.
It fills over the summer is left till spring and then mixed with good compost used as a mulch or to fill the base of a pot before topping off with good compost and the plant put in, this works for me.
I sieve some of it when I run out of JI and put it in the old Micro wave for a few minutes in my "err" potting shed that sterilises it so mixed with sand and grit becomes seed compost one third of each, seeds do not need nutrient at that stage just a medium to strike in then move them on.
My borders have been mulched for the near thirty years I have lived here and are no higher than they were?


Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:41
figrat wrote (see)
I think Frank meant rotovator, which are excellent tools if you don't have any perennial weeds in the area you want to cultivate.

Yes Figrat although maybe a motivator to get things moving, you have to set yourself up for a period of hard graft so a bit of motivation is probably the answer. Six Mars Bars please and give me the spade.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:31

November when the tree is at its lowest growth period.
You do not say whether sweet or acid cherry they need different handling.
You will need to prune about a third back and make sure you take as large a root ball as you can handle, wrap the root ball in sacking or plastic and soak it.
Have your new hole dug with plenty of fertile compost and if a sweet cherry a little lime.
Move the tree and place in the new position at the same level it was before moving firm in and water well.
Mulch with your well rotted manure in early spring but keep the mulch away from the trunk, it may not fruit for a while depending on its position and recovery time.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:16

Dmball, She told me at the weekend it was hot, they were chilling in the shade, I got instructions to go down and put the Central heating on two days before they come back Sunday.
We had sunshine rain it got cold then warmed up but the garden is now cleaned up and in green bags ready for the collection Thursday.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 23:09

Peat Ballan, why would you bother moving a heavy frame around the garden when all you need do is spread the compost dig it in and plant.
The hot beds I saw used would be set up in the new year early to give heat for things you wanted early.
I think you assume the horse manure would leech into the ground under the box, well it was usually in an unwanted spot that got light but shelter from the cold winds, easy for us with a walled garden.
The base was a covering of straw bales then raw manure then more straw and a covering of soil, you had to wait for it to get up to heat, an old thermometer came in handy. These days I would use a sand box with cables and a thermostat, same result a lot less work and more control.
Horse manure in now more usually mixed with wood chippings where we once used straw, a much better mix for rotting down than wood chip but straw is expensive and in short supply, wood chip cheaper cleaner and plentiful.
The problem with any kind of wood used in manure or as mulch it takes the Nitrogen out of the ground so not recommended, well not by me.


Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 19:01

Jo, try a hire firm for a motivator they would know what size and for a few hours or a days hire worth it. They deliver and pick up and will give you or some one a run through on how to use it.
Or B&Q sell pick axes cheap, I have one, you can use the pointed end to break up the ground or the spade end you whack it in then use the handle as a lever.
It will be hard graft so have you got a handy man gardener near who would turn it for you.



Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:47

Yes Alan, memories of my father feeding us and our extended family who did not have gardens from his walled garden during and after the war. Those times appear to be back as people have to watch what they spend although they also find the true taste of produce straight from the garden, wash the soil off and into the pan. The huge store could have had the Veg out back for weeks and it starts to lose taste the second it is pulled.
It is not easy and you have mishaps, bad summers, disease, dry spells or too much rain, gardeners need the patience of job but it is worth it. By sowing in batches you can have fresh food from early spring to late Autumn and once you do it will be hard to stop.
Good luck and the people on here are friendly and helpful so just ask.


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