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Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:00

Had our garden for almost a year now so still getting used to bits and pieces but one thing for sure is that it is going to need tonnes of organic matter/compost this winter.

Although we have four compost bins, the amount we have in them at present is not even going to scratch the surface.  Does anyone have any advice on sourcing decent compost/manure for enriching the soil?  Also, when we moved in the veg patches were covered with black polythene which was brilliant for suppressing the weeds and keeping the soil warm which was a massive help at the start of the season.  The question is if we put a good covering of manure or compost over the surfaces in the autumn for overwintering, presumably we would be best not to cover it with polythene again.  

Sourcing the manure is a particularly worry since we heard about the RHS having serious problems with some of their manure  which contained a awful herbicide which wrecked their crops last year.  How can you be sure that your manure is good old fashioned stuff with no chemical nasties?   Any advice gratefully received.

Monty's white garden

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 08:47

Thanks Aliesh.  I bought some seeds at beginning of season, didn't do anything with them and was wondering when to.  I'm making a note now to sow them next month.  Can they be sown in trays/pots and planted out next spring?  Other than poppies I have never had any success direct sowing.

Can someone help identify what this "bee" / bug this is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:28

Only a guess but could it be a type of parasitic wasp?

Bird Seed Problems

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 22:22

I vow I will never give birds niger seeds ever again!  six months on I'm still digging the stuff out of the garden.  It is a complete nightmare and I still get goldfinches with the food they are getting now.  I did think about getting a feeder with a tray attachment but they are so expensive I thought again.

Double Poppies

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 00:05

This is our first summer in our new home.  The previous owners obviously sowed some double 'peony?' poppies.  They are absolutely beautiful, can't stop admiring them, and I wonder if it's possible to collect the seed from this variety so that I can grow them next year or will I have to purchase them?  I have only seen pictures matching my variety on American websites and haven't seen them for sale by any UK companies.  Any suggestions gratefully received.

Problems with sweet peas

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:59

I am growing Lord Nelson (part of Sarah Raven's Venetian Mix)  and have had very varied results.  Some flowers are on stems 10-12 inches long whilst others are barely 3 inches.  I have also found that some plants are climbing well whilst others aren't very tall at all.  They were all sown and planted out at the same time.  Does anyone have any ideas what I might have done wrong?  Overall I'm really pleased with the picked flowers, they are beautiful, especially since this is the first time I've had a garden with the right conditions for growing them.

Acidanthera Murielae

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 07:25

I am growing these for the first time this year.  No signs of flower spikes yet.  I thought I read somewhere about feeding them but now can't remember where I saw it, although maybe I imagined it!  Can anyone help please, they should look so beautiful if they flower so I'd hate to mess it up and miss out this year.

Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 06:55

I''m growing these for the first time this year.  Sowed them in modules and then planted them out.  The plants themselves look really strong and healthy but no signs of a cauli yet.  Am I likely to be unsuccessful as other growers are obviously ready to harvest? If so I might as well dig them up and use the ground for something else if I'm not going to get anything off them.


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:59

Great.  I've got both some nice pink tones wallflowers and lovely white foxgloves so I'll get cracking this weekend.  Thanks very much.


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:47

That's fantastic, thank you.  Are there any that you've found don't work or that very much do?

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