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Favorite apple

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 14:03

It has to be Ergemont Russet - picked from the tree they are infinitely better than those in the shops. A sweetness and perfume that's unmatched. I enjoy the thick skin too - I'm sure it's very healthy

I used to have a Greensleeves apple - cross between a golden delish and something else, that was also excellent and nothing like the tasteless GD in the shops

Lidl Compost

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 20:07

I've used Levingtons for about 40yrs.

I tried Verve from B&Q a few yrs ago, that was just chopped garden waste with all sorts of crap (probably in both forms!) in it.

From what I've read on here elsewhere, the Which? best buy (Tichmarsh/Waitrose) isn't up to much.

So I'm sticking with Levingtons.

Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:15

You can also sign-up to Blightwatch - they will txt/email if blight is likely in your postcode

What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 19:53

WOW and GULP in equal measures

A wildflower meadow inter planted here and there with a few native shrubs and tress would help keep it low maintenance.
If it were me I'd do about 2 acres 

Good luck!

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:01

I have to confess I haven't read all the posts above, but I would recommend Sadolin.

I've used it twice in 30yrs on my cedar 'shed'. Last time was about 12yrs ago and it doesn't need re-doing yet

Allotment - glysophate?

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 13:19

Hi Jordan

You'll get plenty of help here.
Not the right time of year for glyphosphate. It works by absorption via the leaves, and this time of year most plants are not growing, so will not 'take-up' the glyphosphate.
You need to wait until the weeds are growing in spring then use it on a dry day with no rain for about 6-8 hrs after application.
Bindweed is a bu**er tho. The tiniest fragment of root will sprout to form a new plant. Glyphosphte can work with bindweed if you reapply regularly. Some people use plastic bolltles with glyphosphate and poke the bindweed into the bottle to allow it to drink-up the glyphosphate.

You can replant after using glyphosphate after it has dried, but give it 24hrs to be sure

Good luck!

Tree identificagtion

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:47


for google, just put -computer after the search and you'll not get any computers

eg acer -computer
Of course you'll still get PC's and laptops, so you can end up with a long search, but it'll work

South Facing Garden

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:15

You can't beat a bit of 4-legged help in the garden.
You know how annoying it is when you're working in the garden and you can't remember where you left that vital bit of gardening equipment - the ball.
No need to worry, your faithful friends will bring it to you, over and over again. No matter where you throw it, within seconds it'll be back.
A 10-minute weeding session can easily last an hour with this sort of help 

Dogs also have their own views on plants. Any they like, they eat - any they don't like they dig up/pee on and let die in the hope you'll plant some more of the variety that they like to eat.


Coarse Sand!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:54

I only used sharp sand once many, many yrs ago when I was trying to break up the clay soil to prep a veg bed.
I think it made the whole thing worse.

I've since learnt that organic matter and h/grit is the answer to drainage problems generally.

PS NEVER use builders sand in the garden esp with clay - it 'sets'

Coarse Sand!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 13:30

I use bags of horticultural grit for such purposes.

Most g/c's sell them in 10kg or 25kg bags

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