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Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 17:12
This is how I compost in winter. Dig one trench - not hard work - fill it with my bucket of kitchen waste and cover that over from digging out the next trench. Then that's ready for when the bucker's next full - tip it in then cover it and there's the next trench dug, ready and waiting. I've got all winter...

Talkback: How to earth up potaotes

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 17:08
blossom 1 - no, 14" not deep enough, as above:
"When growing potatoes in large pots or sacks, the tubers will have been planted into 10cm of compost at the base of the container. As the shoots emerge, add more compost at regular intervals, 5cm at a time, until the container is almost full."

what weed killer

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 17:06
Sounds like bitter cress which explodes thousands of seeds around the garden if you let it flower. Pull them all out by hand, very easy but tedious. Blow torch or weed killer rather OVERkill

Talkback: How to sow fresh seed in autumn

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 09:24
which kind are hollyhocks? Sow straight away in autumn or store til spring?

Talkback: How to sow fresh seed in autumn

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 09:23
Which kind are hollyhocks? Sow straightaway in autumn or store til spring?

Talkback: How to plant a fig tree

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 12:47
All his advice is great, as always, but the video concentrated more on him and the fruit on the tree than on the PLANTING HOLE which is what I'm interested in (how to PLANT a fig tree). More shots and info, please, on the HOLE - depth, width and so forth. From the very quick glimpses we got, it seemed very small - ? With the paving stones sticking up higher than the surrounding ground - ? And he said the hole was lined with paving stones; we could see four around the edges but was there one at the bottom as well (or just the rubble) ?

Talkback: How to lay a garden patio

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 19:34
It's the hammering the wooden pegs "into the ground - they need to be at the same height to mark the level surface of the patio" (and finding wooden pegs) that's always been the impossible part for me. Any tipes on what this actually means and how to do it?

I've all the materials outside waiting for me to lay paving stones next to a path to give me a wider seating area. Think I'm just going to spirit-level the slabs with the path - oh, except the path is not excactly level and even! Ah well, it'll be a paved area of some character...

New to the website

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 10:08
As above, this year was bad for everyone so take heart! Start EASY. Toms, peppers and chilies = good, but the latter take a while to get going so remember to start them early on an indoor windowsill. I also find I start my tomatoes earlier and earlier each year - and fewer! A few good healthy plants get planted into the soil in the greenhouse, then as I pinch out I pot up the pinchings and get next crop from those - some in greenhouse, those there isn't room for outdoors.

I've never yet managed a full-size ripe pepper (but we eat them anyway, tho' small)

Cucumbers are a bit harder I think; several things to go wrong. Also don't bother with aubergines (if you were thinking of it!) - you cannot grow them cheaper or better than you can buy them in Lidl.

But DO also use your greenhouse (no. 2) for starting off Courgettes, Peas, and Beans (though this ultra-wet year I finally got a crop of peas by starting them off on the kitchen windowsill where no slugs or snails could get at them). Also put troughs and pots inside and succession sow with spinach, rocket and radish; and, come early spring, lettuce, spring onions, a few carrots, and above all, cut and come again salad stuff

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 09:54

The Co-op Bank's campaign this year is to help stop the decline in numbers of bees and other pollinators*.   They suggest the Royal Horticultural Society's list of season-by-season bee-friendly plants: which also gives details of the different species of bee, which need a range of nesting sites inc. tied-together bundle of hollow stems so that might explain the brickwork cracks.  Also check out

*Bees are responsible for pollinating over 70 of the 100 crop species that make up 90% of the world's food.  I think the End of the World will come through something like No More Bees than some cataclysm!

Talkback: Late-flourishing veg

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 08:53
Thank you, I've never before heard of the tip about chicken wire under developing courgettes. Now I know what to do with all the scrunched up bits of chicken wire I "inherited" with, and keep coming across in, my new-to-me garden AND how to keep the late veg off soggy soil.
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Talkback: Late-flourishing veg

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