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Talkback: How to apply mulch

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 21:40
Excellent explanation Bob.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:39

My harzfuer are turning red as of yesterday, sweet apertif have a truss of 16 turning red, harbinger have hardly fruited yet, think i was late with the northwest..

I need your help!

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 21:00

The first thing i ever did 15 yrs ago was a 16x20 ft pond and over the yrs it's silted up slighty and on it's own i now have iris and other pond plants that arrived with the birds.

lots of garden birds that wash and feed in the waterfall,beetles, boatmen, dragonfly nypmph and others that i don't know what they are. I do this as it brings my garden alive at the cost of a home built pond made out of curtain siders off a old waggon, cost of £ 70.

We have had two pair of ducks and mallards every year for the past six yrs, but they do get a bit much with 14 babies each, they wreck the pond every yr, but it always perks back up again.

Sweet peppers

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 23:34

fifs, sweet peppers? i have 12 plants and 8-9 have decent peppers all green most outside, this is a first for me with peppers. None are a foot and a half tall.

Christmas spuds

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 18:31

Hi, i just got myself Maris Peer for xmas, says on the package that no chitting is needed, anyway i don't think the main spud growers faff around chitting them.

Potato plants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:48
figrat wrote (see)

I've been using old potting compost to earth mine up -checking for nasties first. Have also added the odd handful of dried chicken poo to the mix. It's my first year growing them too, but they look happy enough.

I'm a little confused here,(not hard for me), when earthing up, is it really needed to add "food"as the "food"needs to be there at the spud which was put in the ground in the first place?

Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:20

I think  Bolton Council have left a couple of roundabouts to grow wild, it also helps by slowing the emerging traffic as you have to slow down because some of the grasses are quite high and you can't see cars coming round the roundabout.

They have just sprayed the edge of my garden fence with weed killer and caught my forget- me-nots

Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 23:26
I feel that doing this will only make more growing points which will result in smaller fruit, not rocket science.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

onion sets

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 23:23

My brother is complaining the frost may of done his sets in, they have gone mushy on the outside, even though they are in 3-4 foot high beds, with cover, bolton area.

What do you think?.

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