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Talkback: Leaf mould

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 19:27
I love making leaf-mould - I use leaves from neighbours' trees, and I rake up leaves from the local church footpaths - it makes me feel virtuous! But I do wonder whether it is really worth it, as it takes well over a year for them to rot down, and when they do there is so little to show for it. I use a 2x2m bin made from wire mesh, and dig the ones that have broken down straight into the soil, and put the rest into a smaller bin made from small pallets to continue rotting down. I do this on my allotment so I can incorporate the leaf bin into the rotation system.

compost use

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 19:41

As a reply to Matt, and to Fannyadams: I put all my old compost from patio pots etc into an old barrel and grew the best carrots that I have ever done.  They like a fine growing medium that they can penetrate easily, and the top of the barrel is too high for carrot root fly.

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 20:08

Get yourself some Bocking 14 comfrey plant(s); that gives you something to grow, and if you harvest the leaves and put them in a plastic container (an old chicken manure pellet container) then the resulting liquid that you can drain off is a great high-potash ferrtiliser for promoting fruit growth.

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:58
I gave up on looking at this feature due to the invasive advert - why advertise a boy band on a gardening website?
I'm getting fed up of BBC advertising ruining programmes, and now it's ruining perfectly good websites!


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 11:09

The best way of deterring cats from your garden is to get a cat of your own.  Cats are very territorial and will fight off any intruders.  Training your own cat not to dig up your plants is another story ...

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