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Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:37

back in ye olde days, we had a lesson called rural science, which covered allotment gardening, chicken rearing (and fattening, killing, plucking and seling) and food production. As I remember, we spent a great deal of time digging the school plot and precious little sowing or planting or designing etc. In no way did it inspire us to garden. (it did perhaps teach us to double dig, and vow never to do it again)

What did inspire me was the time spent in our own garden with my parents, the time spent on the allotment ( which would nowadays be seen as forced labour ) and watching Geoff Hamilton on television.

Mystery plants

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 17:45

No 1 looks like the suckers that come up on prunus sps, plums cherries a guess.

What does Monty think?

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 16:36

I have seen some frogs in my pond, Perhaps they have come to check if I'm using barley straw.

ORGRO or not to GRO

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:02

Quick update,

Red pit farm Wood dalling is registered as a poultry farm and manufacurer/supplier of fertilizers composts. It would appear therefore to be a poultry manure composted with straw.


ORGRO or not to GRO

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:52

Hi Dovefromabove,  Orgro used to be available from Godfrey diy on Riverside Rd, but they have since closed.

I did see orgro for sale at Woodgate Nursery near Aylsham (£4.50 per bag)

It doesn't give much away on the bag but claims to be a 100% organic manure and comes from a farm in Wood Dalling, Norfolk.

Garden Paint?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 22:57

If your shed is made of sawn timber, ie is rough, then you can't really paint it and will have to use a garden timber stain of some sorts.

If it is smooth planed wood however, then you could paint it with an exterior paint, but to get a good finish you would really need to prime, undercoat and topcoat, and that would not be a cheap option.

Does anyone recognise this

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:48

I am wondering if it is an Ornithogalum, such as Ornithogalum nutans. Possibly called the star of bethlehem ??

Not to be confused with the Bethlehem Star, which was a first century middle eastern newspaper which featured topless shepherd girls on page three.

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:37

If you are going to dig it into the soil, then I wouldn't be too concerned, particularly if you are growing ornamentals. I would be less inclined to use it as a mulch with the mess in it, generally due to the smell and unpleasantness of it all. ( you could clear the mess out)

I would not want to use it around edibles unless it had been rotted for at least a year without any more additions from the cat.

You say that the compost heap is large and has accumulated over time. I suspect that it hasn't rotted down too well and so I think that I would pull the whole lot out, and then rebuild the heap in as compact a shape as possible, if the matter is dry it can be watered as you rebuild. This would aerate the heap and should encourage a good compost. You could cover the heap to keep the cats out while it was composting (old carpet, polythene, cardboard etc).


Kohl rabi

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 20:24

I too direct sow my kohlrabi with good results. A big problem is dry soil, they really do not like going dry at the roots so moisture retentive soil and possibly a mulch, (I use grass clippings, but don't if you use chemicals on your lawn.)

Lastly, I sow little and often as they are much nicer when small.

Cannot propagate new guinea impatiens

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:37

I have heard that some varieties are less prone to root than others and may need a little rooting hormone. A bit of bottom heat should also help.

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