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No Dig Approach

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 18:18

no dig is my preferred way too. 

At first you need to turn the soil and dig in plenty of muck...that's it then.  

 then add as much  compost, mushroom compost, fresh seaweed,,manure as possible...ideally every year. 

The only digging is for runner bean trench

I grow excellent crops on my rich sandy loam...healthy, pest free, tasty and good looking.  Carrots for example and all salad crops produce fast results too. just a light dusting of fish blood and bone and a couple of sprays of seaweed

I would never now dig over veg plot....I am convinced digging damages soil structure and fertility.  

So.....dig first year with generous incorporation of compost then it is pretty easy 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 16:01

No gardening today except potting on yellow agastaches

a visit to my local nursery was productive.....I was on the look out for good value hydrangeas for someone and 10 litre specimens....I mean specimens ......almost to flower and superb in size and quality were available for £17.  I got 2 for £25.  What would anyone pay for these EACH in a gc?  £30, £40, more?

will collect them on Monday but other temptations will be there too 

sunshine now so beach beckons 

Last edited: 21 May 2016 16:02:14

ant control

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:54

Simon, there is a mix for veg patch...root pests etc.  

I considered mixing slug nems with veg nems but decided against it.  No idea if they would work together but I see no reason why not.  A second application of both will be made next month and I will try the mix....simply to save time.  

Will let you know. 

Tried and tested solar lights

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:46

My 80p solar lights have lasted over 2 years...some in their 3 rd year with no change of batteries 

Salvia "Amistad"

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:41

steven, let them be.  They SHOULD have survived if they were not too small.  In future plant salvias in the spring though.

there is nothing more you can do now; don't feed,,water or mulch.  Shoots should appear in next couple of weeks if it has survived.

if it does, take cuttings during the summer

oh! Welcome by the way steven 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:52

white osteo and anthemis cupaniana

oops!  Got that wrong. Ah well! 

Last edited: 21 May 2016 14:53:49

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:50

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:38

Oky doky Dove....better make sure the sun shines then and you enjoy yourselves 

.....still have the convertible (I can borrow) ? 

Can anyone recommend a shrub?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 14:35

For me taxus Standishii.  Superb all year round.  Berries. Turns butter yellow now and all summer. Never turns brown, never a problem and easily pruned.  a classy focal point 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 13:49

Love it here Topbird....feels healthy and fresh.  Can run, swim and relax 

Wot am I saying?  I don't want too many visitors here so sssssh! 

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