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Talkback: Is wood and coal ash safe for the garden?

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 19:35
I've been using wood ash on fruit plants for years and it works well. It is alkaline so is ideal for brassicas instead of liming.
I save up wood and printed cardboard over the summer and then burn them in the woodburner over the winter; I then mix the ash with home-made compost and mulch around the fruit bushes and flowering shrubs.

Talkback: How to build a compost bin

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 19:30
When I have used pallets for compost bins I found that the material at the outer edges didn't rot down so agree with connie-g's method of lining with cardboard and it then works better.
Re Chips' question - solid sides definitely work better.

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!

DAM CATS

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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Talkback: Is wood and coal ash safe for the garden?

I've been using wood ash on fruit plants for years and it works well. It is alkaline so is ideal for brassicas instead of liming. I save up... 
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