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Am I posting too much?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 03:35
Sorry for butting in, but had to congratulate mummy muddy paws on getting a mention in next months magazine.

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 11:41
Don't stop posting christopher2, very pleased to see you offering your advice. As with any advice, there is likely to be differing opinions on the different courses of action available to take. It is up to the poster asking the question to evaluate all the advice given and chose which they wish to follow.

As a new gardener, I am eagerly soaking up all the combined knowledge of all posters to the forum, and much prefer a spectrum of different opinions instead of a mono- culture on the forum.

Many thanks for your opinions you have given so far, keep it up.

front gardens

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:18
"could I suggest that perhaps it should be sent to say, nearby Portishead"
Nooooooooo! LOL, recently went down portishead, the geological formations on the beach are amazing. Plus it's a site of Special Scientific Interest(SSI) so any chance of dumping chippings over it are out the window. P.S. I know you were only joking.

Help me identify this flower

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 15:34
Have you tried google goggles, haven't used it myself cos I'm on an iPad. Basically, you put your picture into it and it comes back with possible matches. Let me know how you get on, thanks.
Ps just do a search for google goggles and you should find the site

water buts

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 09:16
That's great news, at least it won't go to land fill. I'd be interested to know which dairy you got them from, as I am in need of a water butt and am also from Wales. Many thanks, D Richards

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 09:27
Yep, I listen to it whilst trucking along in my rig. If I miss it because I'm delivering, I listen again on the iplayer through my iPad plugged into the truck radio, ahhhh the wonders of 21 st century technology

Writing a Name on a pumpkin

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 22:36
I heard about this on a pod cast from America, yep, just score the skin. Good luck

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 20:18
After doing a bit of digging (no pun intended), it is probably ok to plant on the space if it is just coal/dust. But as said before, if there is any sign of coal ash, probably not a good idea. Although US environmental studies shows that small amounts of ash are beneficial to crops with little uptake of contaminants. But this depends on the crop planted, leafy plants, such as lettuce and spinach, show high concentrations of contaminants within their structure, whilst more fleshy plants like peas, beans and FRUITS tend to show small uptake but with high concentrations on the fruits surface that can be easily washed off.

Quite interesting reading about this, and may be a possible research proposal as there is not much research on the implications of small scale contamination and the uptake of contaminants by the biosphere. Most research is done on the large scale contamination caused from power plants etc.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 18:07
Ignore my original post for the time being. I was a bit hasty in my response, and as there is conflicting opinions, I feel I should do a bit of research in the matter for you before I comment further. As I said, training as a geologist, not an environmental scientist or biologist, so will have to look into it before I am confident in backing my original post.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 17:34
I would suggest either digging it out and replacing it with clean top soil or putting a raised bed. Even though you don't mention that there is coal cinders there, it is always a possibility. Coal contain many toxic elements and heavy metals, therefore to place fruit trees that are going to absorb these elements and find their way into your diet is a bad thing.

I'm no gardener, having only been on this site for 2 days, but I am studying for a science degree in geology, so know a little about the possible contaminations that can occur.

HTH's. I would be interested to see what a gardeners perspective is on this matter.
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I have a raised bed but don't know how many trees I can put in there. 
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