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Latest posts by Pentillie

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 16:32
I built a large compost heap at the allotment, measures 10ft x 15ft x 5ft high, using fence posts, infilled with pallet planks. It's split into three separate compartments, so each one is at a different stage of maturity. Everything from kitchen and garden,except very woody stuff, goes on it, and the non-current bins are covered in old carpet. In the autumn I mix in old straw scrounged from local farmer after harvest is done, and this helps everything to blacken up very quickly.
Heaps are full of worms, including several little slow worms, which I am careful not to damage, although they move pretty quickly
Try not to add leaves as they rot down due to fungal action - they should be given their own heap, corner or sack, and left for a year or two.

Brussels sprouts

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 10:36
All you Brussels sprout experts, I need some help! Over the last couple of seasons my Brussels have suffered quite a number of 'blown' sprouts, whilst all my other brassicas have performed brilliantly. I know that sprouts must be firmly bedded in the ground to avoid 'wind-shake', and I make sure the soil is well stamped on, and some of the taller plants I stake,but some of the plants still go astray. They are grown at the allotment, which is on the side of a south-facing hill, and I spread Growmore early in the season around the brassica beds. Plants are raised by myself from seed, and I have tried several varieties but the problem still occurs. Should I be using alternative fertilisers, or none at all? Any thoughts out there gratefully received!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 23:22
So slow today that most of the threads never came up, so I didn't bother. Went out to the allotment and got loads done - breezy, but sunny and warm, and I have got my first 'suntan' of the year; well,certainly windswept and ruddy!

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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:18
As the squashed tomato says, 'oops' - postings are now going through.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:15
Butterflies in the garden,including bright yellow ones - where did they all suddenly spring from? Spring is here!

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Posted: 14/04/2013 at 10:13
That's all that comes up on this b....y website when I try to post on some of the forums!

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 21:26
Squashed tomatoes all day long!

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Posted: 13/04/2013 at 18:10
Cannot post on 'Today I feel so happy', just comes back as a squashed tomato

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 18:07
Congratulations....hope you have many more (badger and mole-free) years!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 16:11
Still feeling happy! Weather is lovely and I managed to drive peacefully to and from the allotment this afternoon - school holidays, hence no 'mad women' hurtling dementedly around the town, getting hysterical in their Chelsea Tractors, as they realise they are running late to pick up the little darlings. Such a sunny,placid day - only thing missing was the bees buzzing in the garden; bit early yet I think.
Spring is here!

Discussions started by Pentillie

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Seed prices

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Mind your own business

Help  
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Black spot on roses

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Brussels sprouts

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Today I feel so happy....

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Horticultural plastics

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Fruit and veg ripeness

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Toadstools on lawn

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Sheep it or Slug gone

Feed and slug deterrent 
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